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Sir Andrew Strauss’ English males’s cricket evaluate proposes overhaul with six-team County Championship high division | Cricket Information


The high-performance evaluate’s suggestions for English males’s cricket embody a six-team County Championship high division from 2024 and a brand new home schedule, with the goal of sustained success for England “in all codecs”; 12 of 18 First-Class Counties should conform to construction adjustments

Final Up to date: 22/09/22 11:00am


Warwickshire lifted the trophy after successful the LV= Insurance coverage County Championship Division One in 2021

Sir Andrew Strauss’ high-performance evaluate into English cricket has proposed a significant home overhaul, that includes a six-team high division within the County Championship, a knock-out 50-over competitors and a slimmed down schedule for all groups and gamers.

The evaluate, which has been led by the previous England captain and endorsed by the ECB, consists of 17 suggestions in whole for males’s cricket and Strauss says they may help England be the “world’s finest crew throughout all codecs inside 5 years, for a sustained time period”.

Essentially the most eye-catching proposals regard a home reform.

The report recommends a six-team high County Championship division, with two conferences under that additionally of six groups vying for one promotion place. There may be additionally a drop in matches, from 14 to 10, whereas the schedule is about for Could to September to permit extra cricket in one of the best situations.

There are plans for the One-Day Cup to be performed solely in April, with six rounds and a big knock-out aspect, whereas the T20 Blast could be from Could to July with a concentrate on Thursday-to-Sunday “prime slots”.

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Speaking in August, Sir Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton discuss England's domestic cricket structure and the challenges it presents as Strauss heads up the ECB's high performance review

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Talking in August, Sir Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton focus on England’s home cricket construction and the challenges it presents as Strauss heads up the ECB’s excessive efficiency evaluate

Talking in August, Sir Andrew Strauss and Michael Atherton focus on England’s home cricket construction and the challenges it presents as Strauss heads up the ECB’s excessive efficiency evaluate

The suggestions regarding the home construction are for 2024 on the earliest, and require approval from two-thirds of the First-Class Counties (FCC) – which means 12 out of the 18 should vote in assist.

“The present schedule isn’t working in the best way it ought to,” Strauss advised Sky Sports activities Information. “No resolution works for everyone. It is one massive Rubix dice and I feel that is one of the best resolution for English cricket shifting ahead.

“It solutions among the basic points which have prevented England reaching [sustained success] prior to now.”

Strauss mentioned a six-team high division would result in a “greater normal”.

“It means the standard of participant goes to be greater, the standard of cricket goes to be greater,” he defined. “It reduces the hole between home cricket and worldwide cricket. And there is barely much less cricket, so extra time for relaxation and restore.”

Requested if he was assured the FCCs would approve, he mentioned: “I hope so. These are a package deal of suggestions the place in the event that they work collectively, they complement one another brilliantly.”

The high-performance proposals in full | Strauss: ‘No straightforward solutions… however adjustments wanted for sustained success’

Strauss’ panel of specialists for the evaluate, established following final winter’s Ashes defeat in Australia, consists of Sir Dave Brailsford, Dan Ashworth and present managing director of England males’s cricket Rob Key, and the report printed on Thursday goals for a “thriving home recreation” and for “England groups that encourage by the best way they win.”

The evaluate highlights England’s lack of success abroad in comparison with at residence in worldwide cricket, and recommends the pilot use of the Kookaburra ball in home first-class cricket to assist gamers.

There may be additionally a proposal for an abroad pre-season ‘North vs South’ competitors, and improved entry to abroad heat climate coaching amenities.

The high-performance evaluate’s 17 suggestions

Excessive-performance requirement Suggestion
Focus and alignment on excessive efficiency throughout the sport 1. Create accountability for males’s excessive efficiency
2. Enhance our shared understanding of ‘What It Takes To Win’
3. Foster a high-performance group
4. Develop expertise and variety in efficiency management roles
5. Reward efficiency affect
Gamers outfitted to achieve success in all codecs, all over the world 6. Problem our bowlers to develop their international expertise
7. Give gamers entry to experiences abroad
8. Present earlier worldwide benchmarking
9. Refocus the Lions
A thriving home recreation that’s finest for counties, gamers, followers and England Males’s groups 10. Produce a coherent home schedule
11. Improve the usual and depth of our competitions
12. Incentivise greater high quality pitches
13. Present alternatives for expertise and reward counties for improvement
England groups that encourage by the best way they win 14. Maintain an thrilling ‘store window’ for the sport
15. Allow England gamers to higher handle workloads
16. Enhance bodily and psychological resilience
17. Schedule worldwide matches to permit gamers to play their finest cricket, extra usually

It’s inside the ECB’s remit to implement 15 of the 17 suggestions, with the opposite two regarding the aforementioned home construction.

“I’m delighted that we’re at present capable of publish the report, which units out the elemental adjustments that we consider are wanted to realize sustained success for our England Males’s crew and to allow the boys’s home recreation to evolve within the face of a rapidly-changing atmosphere for cricket globally,” mentioned Strauss.

“The sport have to be united if we’re to realize these ambitions and we have to be open-minded to alter. Essentially the most constant message we’ve obtained, from gamers to followers and coaches, was that the established order isn’t an choice.

“I encourage individuals to contemplate our proposals as a package deal, and I welcome the chance for knowledgeable debate on the really helpful adjustments to the boys’s home construction.

“There aren’t any straightforward solutions on the boys’s home construction. The suggestions have prioritised a extra coherent schedule which is extra manageable for overworked gamers, coaches and groundstaff whereas offering the standard and amount of cricket that followers wish to watch and which meets our high-performance aims.

“That features enjoying first-class cricket in every month from Could till September, growing the usual and depth of the LV= Insurance coverage County Championship and guaranteeing extra alternatives for one of the best gamers to play throughout all home competitions.”

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