England And Wales Cricket Board Plans To 'Deprive' Fans Of Weekend Games
Fans will have "little opportunity to watch county cricket" at weekends if a controversial draft schedule for the '14 season onward is approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), according to Paul Bolton of the London TELEGRAPH. County chief execs were told at a meeting last week that Championship matches would be played from Monday to Thursday with the one-day competition "being moved from its traditional Sunday slot to two blocks in midsummer." The number of one-day games will also be reduced from 12 to eight per county, "leaving them with two fewer home matches." The ECB claims that the schedule for '14 has been produced "in response to customer research and tailored to meet the needs of supporters, 25,000 of whom responded to an online survey during August" (TELEGRAPH, 10/16).