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Members’ Forum to take place on Wednesday 10 August to discuss domestic schedule

Members’ Forum to take place on Wednesday 10 August to discuss domestic schedule

Following on from the Club’s statement earlier in the week, regarding the domestic schedule, and after feedback from supporters via the Members’ Representative Group (MRG) in the last couple of days, the Club will host a Members’ Forum next week.

It will take place at 12:30pm, before Lancashire’s Royal London Cup game against Worcestershire on Wednesday 10 August at Emirates Old Trafford. The short notice reflects the Club’s recognition of the issue to Members and welcomes an honest discussion on views regarding next year’s schedule.

We know our fans feel strongly about this issue and we feel that it’s important to openly consult Members for their views on the possible outcomes of the High Performance Review. These concerns were presented to Lancashire Cricket at last week’s MRG meeting.

Mark Chilton, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket Performance, attended the meeting on Wednesday 3 August, alongside all counties and the ECB. To confirm, this meeting was an open discussion between all involved and there were no formal proposals presented to the counties.

As the Club stated earlier in the week, one of the key considerations must be the (physical and mental) welfare of players. The view from within the game is that the amount of cricket currently being played is unsustainable (rest/recovery, training & preparation all need to be taken into account too) and something is going to have to give.

We would also ask Members to consider the wider schedule and not to view the County Championship in isolation. Not reducing the schedule in one format, could well mean reducing it in another competition or format. The ECB have confirmed to counties that The Hundred will be staying and is not part of the High Performance Review.

It is really important that Members understand that this is a High Performance Review, which is being carried out by the ECB, and not a Schedule Review. Clearly, due to the amount of cricket, there are many moving parts to the schedule (including all white-ball competitions - T20 Blast, Royal London Cup and The Hundred) – as well as the international calendar, which must be factored into discussions.

The Club looks forward to hearing Members views on the schedule next week and for those Members who are unable to attend but would like to ask a question, please send any questions on to the Members’ Representative Group and email MRGLancsCC@gmail.com. We will endeavour to get through as many as possible.

 

 
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