No county action when fans want it
HAVING examined the draft outline schedule for 2020, as revealed by The Cricket Paper earlier this month, it appears that the only county cricket staged between July 12 and August 23 would be the 50-over cup.
This would mean that the ten counties who did not progress beyond the group stage of the 50-over cup would play on just eight days over six weeks at the height of the cricket season.
In turn, non-Test match and/or non-new T20 competition county grounds might host just four days of cricket during the same period.
On top of that, the already unloved 50-over cup will be further devalued due to the absence of dozens of the best white-ball county players to participate in the new T20 competition.
Surely mid-July to late August should be exactly when the counties are looking to maximise sales of their principal product – namely county cricket, whether that be T20, Championship or 50 overs – not when for 38 days out of 42 the only sound of leather on willow at a county ground might come from players in the nets. PAUL EADE via email