|Announcement on 2011 domestic cricket structure delayed|
Thursday, 30 September 2010 09:06
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has delayed an announcement on the structure of the domestic game for the 2011 season until 17 November, it has been announced.
Seven counties have voted against a proposal to play fewer Twenty20 matches next season, meaning the ECB has not yet confirmed the plans.
The ECB has said its management board "has agreed to set up a small working party to finalise the domestic schedule."
The party will be headed by ECB chief executive David Collier and will also include representatives from the Professional Cricketers' Association.
While many players and clubs support the reduction from 16 group games to ten, some other counties are opposed on the grounds it will mean they lose out on much-needed financial income.
Somerset's chief executive Richard Gould said the club "would lose about £80,000 for every home game removed from the schedule".
Gould went on: "In time we may not be able to compete with the Test match grounds if there is a reduction. Our playing staff would have to be cut and we might end up on a vicious downward spiral."