ECB confirm no changes to the 2011 programme

Thursday 21st October 2010

Plans to reduce the amount of domestic cricket played on the county circuit by eight to 12 days have been delayed until 2012 after the ECB structure group decided against the proposed changes.

The decision means that the main talking point – whether or not to keep the 151-game Friends Provident t20 structure – remains the same for the forthcoming campaign. Many counties across the country had been calling for the amount of games to be reduced to avoid dwindling attendances; however any changes have been put on hold for now after the group met earlier this week.

Currently there are no indications of how championship and t20 cricket will change in 2012 but it has already been confirmed that the Clydesdale Bank 40 will again be overhauled, just two seasons after it replaced the two-division Pro40 leagues at the end of the 2009 season.

The structure group will next meet before the ECB Board meeting in the middle of November where they are set to review the future of championship and t20 cricket as the clamour to reduce player workloads continues.

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