Colin Graves, the president of the ECB, was forced to abandon plans to present the County Championship trophy after a tense meeting with the presidents of the first-class counties.
Graves expected to present Surrey with the trophy after the meeting at the oval. In contrast, Jim Wood, a non-executive director of the ECB board, was accused of making the presentation due to significant disagreements among those present.
Some other presidents, especially Richard Thompson of Surrey, did make the ceremony, however, with another suggesting that Graves was too angry or too nervous about the reception he might receive from county supporters to appear at the event.
The key disagreement at the meeting focused on the spiraling costs of the new ECB competition. Hundred. With those projected costs that have tripled from 13 million pounds sterling to more than 40 million pounds sterling, the projected gains for the counties have been drastically reduced.
So heated was the debate that, at one point, alleged a visible discomfort that Graves said the presidents that, if they were not happy with the situation, there were open mechanisms for them within the constitution of the ECB to change things. This has been interpreted by some present as an offer of resignation, although others have dismissed that as somewhat exaggerated.
If Graves really had any hope of continuing for another term as president, however, now it is almost certain that he has vanished. There is also likely to be a review of the costs associated with the creation of The Hundred.
Other views of the meeting saw apparent agreement on a reorganization of the County Championship so that, as of 2020, the top division will have ten sides and the bottom eight. That decision is still subject to a vote, but there seems to be little resistance to it. As a result, three teams will be promoted from Division Two by the end of 2019 and only one relegated from Division One.
One request to expand the T20 Blast from 14 group games per team to 16 did not go anywhere. While, in theory, it remains an option, it seems unlikely to happen at this stage.
Meanwhile, the presidents showed the key points of the report of the Institute of Good Governance (GGI) commissioned after the dispute in the payments made to Glamorgan in exchange for their agreement not to make an offer to host the Test matches. While the report found an "excessive use of the informal process", a "lack of an effective process of stakeholder participation" and "the historic absence of appropriate levels of trusts … among board members," he concluded. that "there were no problems of non-compliance with the formal policy" or procedure that requires action against individuals. "
And, although he concluded that there was" a series of important issues that require reflection and action on the part of the new ECB board " He also found "no evidence of fiduciary noncompliance." requirements, no decisions reflecting conflicts of interest or lack of adequate levels of leadership. "