Posted on | April 5, 2010 | 1 Comment
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott speaks on why Cook needs to think ahead, the buzz about the Mongoose, and England’s impending domestic crisis…
One Response to “There need to be at least six fewer counties”
I think I might have raised this earlier but advancing years means I may have also forgotten to send it. I would like to see 6 regional teams only, with 3 counties combining to form such a team. Here are my suggestions :
NORTHERNS – includes Lancashire, Yorkshire and Co.Durham
EASTERNS – includes Notts, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
MIDLANDS – includes Warwickshire, worcestershire and Northants
WESTERNS – includes Somerset, Gloucestershire and Glamorgan
SOUTH EASTERNS – includes Essex, Sussex and Kent
SOUTHERNS – includes Hampshire, Surrey and Middlesex
The grounds with minimum 20,000 seat capacity are the chosen grounds to be the home of the region. Grounds less than this shoudl be redeveloped to acommodate minimum 20,000. All regional grounds must have floodlighting for Day/Night limited overs and Twenty20 matches.
The other 2 grounds in the regions could be either sold off to provide funding for the regional ground, or dropped to 2nd tier club cricket.
Suggested regional grounds :
NORTHERNS – HEADINGLEY (Cap 20,000 Centrally based)
EASTERNS – TRENT BRIDGE (upgrade from 17,500 to 20,000 min)
MIDLANDS – Edgbaston(Cap 21,000)
WESTERNS – Sophia Gardens (Cap 16,500 upgrade to min 20,000)
SOUTH EASTERNS – Canterbury (Cap 15,000, upgrade to min 20,000)
SOUTHERNS – Lords (Cap 32,000)or alternatively use the Oval (Cap 23,500) and use Lords as the “Wembley stadium” of cricket.
All these teams play 3 day 75 over per innings, 2 innings “county” games as well as the other formats. All matches result in a win, excluding weather effects.
I have more thoughts on this too, but how about this for a major redevelopment of English cricket ?
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Geoffrey Boycott was a leading light in English cricket for a quarter of a century making over 48,000 runs and scoring 151 hundreds in an often controversial career with Yorkshire and England. After his distinguished peformances on the field he faced the biggest battle of his life – against cancer. He recovered to become an outspoken commentator on the game, his trenchant views on all aspects of cricket at home and abroad highly respected.
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