English counties reject ECB move to restart 50-over cricket

London: English cricket counties have rejected a plan to restart 50-over matches at the domestic level.

Telegraph Sport understands the England and Wales Cricket Board will stick with the 40-over competition after consulting the counties and players.

It is a blow for Coach Andy Flower and the England set-up, who favoured a reintroduction of 50-over county matches to prepare players for the international arena.

In March, the board announced a reduction in the amount of Twenty20 and a review of the Clydesdale Bank 40 competition, with reverting to 50 overs one option on the table. When the Professional Cricketers’ Association polled its members that proposal was supported by 70 per cent.

However the players also backed a competition featuring only eight group matches rather than the current 12, a move met with strong objection by county chairmen fearing a drop in ticket sales. The counties argued that 12 matches had to remain, and the players have accepted, in that case, that 40-over matches are more practical.


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