Kent make response to ECB LV= CC Review

Wednesday 9th June 2010

After being asked to consider a number of options regarding the restructuring of the first-class competition, the club submitted a paper to ECB detailing the view that no change to the county championship should be undertaken without thorough review.

Each of the options provided were geared towards reducing the amount of cricket played during the course of the season. Those who were on the circulation list for the consultation document were: George M Kennedy CBE, Chairman, Jamie Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Paul Farbrace, Team Director and Rob Key, Captain. Together they evaluated the options before making a considered response. It was felt appropriate that the club submitted a combined response as this gave the clearest indication from Kent County Cricket Club as to the preferred way forward.

Members and supporters were asked for their views and there was an overwhelming response was for status quo. Numerous written submissions (nearly 100) expressed the view that none of the options were favoured and that “no change” was the preferred option. The club thanks all those who took the time to register their views.

The club accepts that some change is necessary – addressing most especially the congestion of fixtures and the impact that this has on the quality of cricket played. However it is felt that an appropriate and thorough review needs to lead to this. To properly achieve this all forms of cricket must be considered.

Given the lack of clear objectives for the consultation process it was difficult to conclude anything other than to maintain the status quo. It was therefore recommended by Kent County Cricket Club that: The present two division 16 match format is maintained and that a thorough review is undertaken as a matter of high priority.