Martyn Moxon has reported a very positive meeting between the county directors of cricket/coaches at Edgbaston today.

Yorkshire’s director of cricket chaired a meeting represented by 17 of the 18 counties, with the main discussion topics being the future of the County Championship and its structure, the issues surrounding the increased number of domestic T20 competitions around the world and the implications for counties and the new ECB’s new T20 competition in 2020.

“It was a very good meeting and well attended,” said Moxon.

“There were 17 of the 18 counties represented, with Anthony McGrath from Essex unable to attend. Mags couldn’t make it.

“What we have agreed is that until we have fed back to our chief executives and the ECB, we’re not going to make any public statements on what we felt or what are any of the potential solutions to these issues.

“All I would say is that with regards to County Championship cricket, everyone that was present felt the 18 counties should be protected. All 17 present stated that red ball cricket still had meaning for their coaches and players.

“What we discussed today was very much about the game as a whole and not individual counties and their wishes or what benefits just them.

“We feel these decisions have to be made for the good of the game as a whole, to protect it and make it something that people want to play and watch.

“It’s very much big picture thinking rather than localised, individual ‘This suits Yorkshire, it might not suit Essex’.”

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