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CAMPAIGN TO SAVE FIRST CLASS CRICKET


What's the issue?


The Strauss High Performance Review is due to report this autumn with recommendations to the ECB on changes needed to improve the standard of professional cricket in England and Wales.


A number of media reports state that reducing the number of first class matches in county cricket from 14 to 12 or as little as 10 is a favoured option. County CEOs met the ECB on 3 August to discuss the Strauss review.


Cricket fans should be involved in this debate but the ECB have yet to do so despite promising to do. We fund the game through our TV subscriptions, ticket purchases and county memberships. The counties own the media rights to games played on their grounds. 15 of the 18 counties are owned by their members.


Drastic changes to the schedule or structure cannot be made without 12 counties agreement. The counties should make sure their members and supporters also agree to any significant change.


Now is the time for cricket supporters to make their views known.


THE HUNDRED WAS IMPOSED ON CRICKET FANS LET'S NOT REPEAT THAT HERE!


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john.trevelyan
john.trevelyan
Aug 03, 2022

Annie,

I just want to thank you for all the work you and your colleagues have been doing on this, it is seriously appreciated by many of us. If the ECB had a shtred of dignity they'd pack up their bags, head off into the sunset and take the 16.4 with them.

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Annie Chave
Annie Chave
Aug 03, 2022
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Thanks so much John

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Annie Chave
Annie Chave
Aug 03, 2022

Hello Simon

I understand your comment. Unfortunately, I have been in hospital and am only now able to publish this today at the first opportunity.

I have been in constant contact with everyone and please do rest assured that there has been a lot of work behind the scenes. It was a cause of much frustration for me to not be able to be more involved.

Many counties are working hard to spread the word and to get members an opportunity to be heard and I applaud the hard work that has been involved to make that happen.

Annie

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Simon K.
Simon K.
Aug 03, 2022

very late for CCM to be publishing/promoting this petition.


Surely as one of the voices of supporters of the county game this petition should have been being heavily promoted on the CCM site and blog pages from the moment it was first released by the Lancs Action Group who I have to say are doing an excellent job.


Counties - I am a member of two - also seem somewhat slow or non-existent in highlighting this issue to their members; as members we will lose out from almost anything that is proposed whether number of games or by the addition of national/minor counties to the standard of the game in Division 2 if almost any of the likely eco Proposal…


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