No county ac­tion when fans want it

The Cricket Paper - - T20 SERIES -

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

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