As a transplanted Yorkshireman and avid cricket fan living in Halifax, Canada, I admit to being a little detached from the shenanigans of the ECB. However, I must say that I consider the ECB to be one of the most incompetent sports government bodies in any of the myriad of sports I follow on a regular basis. It's as if they deliberately set out on a day-to-day mission to sell the sport down the river, while diminishing the County Championship in particular.Can anyone explain to me the logic of having four County games in September - none of which have any play at a weekend...?
Given that there are no one day games planned for that time - couldn't they all have included Saturday and/or Sunday play...?
The fixture list is seemingly randomly assembled by a Basil Fawlty wannabe for the maximum contempt of cricket fans - with long breaks in the championship schedule which destroys interest and the momentum a good title race generates.
Playing 50% of Championship matches in the dodgy weather months of April and September with no weekend days in September when most of us have used up our holiday allotments also suggests that the Dunning-Kruger syndrome is endemic in the ECB bunker. And I won’t go on about demoting 25% of the teams each season in sport significantly impacted by the vagaries of the weather - all in a truncated 14-match season.
The seemingly arbitrary decisions as to which contracted players get to turn out for their home teams, further diminishes all three domestic competitions. This was perhaps best illustrated last year when an exciting Championship race came down to the final match of the season between Yorkshire and Middlesex. A wonderful chance to promote the 4-day game? Not to the ECB braintrust, who decided to “rest” Yorkshire’s two world class batsmen - neither who had played during the previous two weeks and despite the fact that our overseas player and a top batsmen had been press-ganged back to Oz. The result was a show case opportunity lost and essentially handing the title to Middlesex.
To be continued.