October 19, 2012
The ECB have announced that 50-over cricket will return to the domestic structure from 2014 after a review of how best to structure the County game.
The reason for the return to 50 over cricket from the current 40 over competition is to replicate what is played at international level, and therefore give English players the smoothest possible transition into the highest level.
Counties will play eight CB50 group games with the best eight teams progressing into the quarter finals.
There is no change to the structure and volume of games in the County Championship although the first 14 rounds of the competition will all start on a Sunday. It is hoped fans can re-engage with the game again by knowing exactly when there team will play.
In a new look Twenty20 competition teams will play 14 Twenty20 games and these will take place mainly on Fridays in the hope of bringing the crowds through the gates. Last summer teams played just 10 group games in this format.
The new domestic structure which takes effect from 2014 followed a review of 25,000 cricket fans that completed a County Research Study.
The Scoop 19/10/12