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Can't be having Somerset relegated retrospectively from here, surely. The whole dynamic of the last match could have been completely different. Any appeal should have been lodged and dealt with prior to the final game.
"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort." - John Ruskin
I follow a lot of different sports, and have done so since I was a very young man. However I can't think of another sport with such an incompetent governing body as English cricket does in the ECB.
Think of it: In 2016 we had one of the great Championship finales set to go between Yorkshire and Middlesex. A wonderful opportunity to showcase the Championship. So what do the "giant brains" at the ECB do? They refuse to allow Yorkshire's two top batsmen the opportunity to play in the match in order to "rest" them - despite the fact neither YOUNG man had played in the previous two weeks.
This year, the defending county champions are demoted because of a two-point deduction resulting from an extraneous, non-cricket event. Would this sort of fiasco manifest itself in any other sport?
How does the County Championship have any chance of of being revitalized when it is managed by nincompoops such as those who quadrupedal around the halls of the ECB headquarters?