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'We will not allow our Club to be rendered irrelevant'- Kent react to ECB's High Performance Review

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Kent County Cricket Club has issued a strong statement in response to ECB's High Performance Review, which was published by the Andrew Strauss-led commission on Thursday, September 2022.

The High-Performance Review, termed 'red ball reset', has suggested radical changes to the domestic structure and scheduling.

However, Kent county club believe that the document has been prepared 'through the prism of High Performance only' and that they would not let their club be rendered 'irrelevant'.

Here's what Kent Cricket said in their statement:

“The Strauss Review is a wide-ranging and comprehensive document. However, it should be remembered that it has been prepared through the prism of High Performance only,"

“The two key areas for our Club – domestic structure and scheduling – remain within the discretion of the 18 First Class Counties. Within this group, we will now consider issues such as the needs of all our Members, supporters, players and stakeholders, the financial impact, the unintended consequences and the possibly irrevocable change to the essential nature of County Cricket,"

“Kent Cricket is a fundamental part of our community, committed to supporting the growth of the Men’s and Women’s game at all levels. We continue to deliver success on the field, produce players for England and support one of the largest recreational and schools cricket populations in the country. We will not allow our Club to be rendered irrelevant.”

What are the suggestions from the ECB's 'High Performance Review'?

  • Division 1 County championship to start from May instead of the traditional April start. It will run throughout the summer except in the month of August and each county will get to play only 10 games.
  • As for Division 2, it has been divided into two groups of six teams each.
  • The one-day tournament to be played in the month of April in a knockout format.
  • T20 Blast games/county to be reduced to 10 from 14, with the tournament to be played between May-July.
  • The Men and Women Hundred to take place exclusively in August, with 'First Class festivals' set to be arranged for county players who don't feature in the Hundred.

For the ECB to implement the recommendations, the board needs 80% voting in its favor from the 18 counties.

The voting is set to take place in November, and if approved, the recommendations will be implemented from the 2024 season.

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