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ECB Statement - Morgan Review Update

— 23 January 2012

ECB today met with representatives of all 18 First Class Counties and the MCC today to discuss the recommendations made in the Morgan Review earlier this month.

The ECB’s Board were keen to provide the First Class Counties and MCC with an opportunity for dialogue on the detailed recommendations contained in the Morgan Review.

The discussions were wide ranging and constructive and all the views expressed will be reported back to the ECB Board by Gordon Hollins, MD Events and County Business, at its next meeting in March. The meeting received feedback that the Review provided a constructive template for the First Class game. In particular the counties welcomed the strengthening of the First Class Cricket department.

Key discussion points included:

  • the importance of domestic one day cricket being scheduled on Sundays

  • the benefits of LV=County Championship matches being played in divisions of eight and ten

  • assessing the relative commercial and cricketing benefits of the forty and fifty over formats in the Clydesdale Bank competition


On 23 November 2011 the Board requested that further work be completed to define the proposals in the Morgan interim report in four key areas:

  • To consider a domestic season from 2014 comprising 14 LV= County Championship, 10 Clydesdale Bank 50 over and 14 Friends Life t20 matches, with the 50 over and t20 competitions to include knockout stages from quarter-final onwards.

  • To utilise the reduction of cricket to facilitate appointment to view for t20 cricket on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and to commence LV=CC matches on Fridays in the early season, on Sundays in mid-season, and Mondays at the end of the season.

  • To consider an enhanced department responsible for the domestic professional game within ECB to mirror the successful Team England and Cricket Partnerships departments.

  • That a reduction in team salary payments and strengthening of performance related fee payments be considered.

The Morgan Review consulted widely with cricket supporters, commentators, officials, current and former players, counties and other sporting bodies. The Board concluded that the review was holistic in its approach and therefore determined that the Review should be adopted in full or not at all.

The final report provides the Board with clarification on the detailed rationale concerning a number of the recommendations. The Board noted that the Morgan Report identified a number of areas in which further dialogue was required. As part of this process, a meeting has already been scheduled with the Counties on 23 January 2012.

ECB Chief Executive David Collier commented: ‘ The ECB Board is most grateful to David Morgan for the clear recommendations and conclusions reached in this Review. The Board welcomed the wide consultation which has taken place in reaching these conclusions and we shall now meet with stakeholders within the game to discuss the detail and rationale behind these recommendations.’

The ECB website will publish the full report on 13 January 2012.