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Andrew Strauss plans for cricket reform labelled ‘unworkable’ by county chiefs

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County chiefs have criticised Sir Andrew Strauss’ proposed reforms for domestic cricket despite admitting change is needed.The former Test captain has spent the last six months overseeing a high performance review for the England and Wales Cricket Board, launched in the aftermath of last winter’s Ashes thrashing, and has presented 17 recommendations.Fifteen of those fall under the remit of the ECB and already have the required backing, but two key proposals involving a wholesale reorganisation of the county calendar need the support of at least 12 of the 18 first-class counties to go ahead.But Sussex chair Jon Filby told the BBC: “Strauss’ high performance review is equally unworkable as far as county cricket is concerned.“When looked at through the lens of high performance it is exactly what the game needs.

But we are not only looking through the lens of high performance.“We are looking through a financial and commercial lens. We are looking through the eyes of our members who have cricket that they want and we’re looking very much through a variety of angles that is not just high performance.”Essex chief executive and interim chair John Stephenson also questioned if the proposals would improve the Test side.“There are differing opinions on all of this and you can have huge debates on what makes a better Test player,” he told BBC Essex.“In my opinion reducing the amount of red-ball cricket is not the way to produce better Test cricketers.“Certainly from an Essex point of view, we wouldn’t want to see a reduction in the amount of championship cricket.”Strauss’ panel advocate a reduction from 14 Championship matches per team to 10, with a six-team top division sitting above two secondary conferences who would play off for

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