There could be more conflicts in county cricket after it was discovered that the ECB executive is resisting calls from first-class counties to increase the number of T20 Blast games played each season.
ESPNcricinfo reported in August that several county presidents were arguing for an increase in the number of matches from 14 to 16 since the start of the 2020 season.
But with the ECB bringing in its new competition, The Hundred, that year and the calendar already groans under the weight of the accessories, it is understood that there is a strong resistance to the change of the executive.
The issue is one that will surely be discussed at a meeting of all county presidents on Thursday. Other issues for discussion will include an alteration to the County Championship program that will likely see a top 10 team split and a second of eight by 2020.
That would mean that only one team would be relegated (and three promoted) by the end of 2019 Without plans to increase the number of matches of the 14-game Championship, it would also mean that teams in the top division would no longer play all the other teams at home and away. Some counties fear that this compromises the integrity of the competition.
It is also understood that some county presidents seek assurances from the president of the ECB, Colin Graves, that he will not try to run for re-election at the end of his term. .
Although Graves promised that when he was appointed, only one term would serve, rumors persist that he is contemplating a longer tenure in office.
The meeting will also see presidents of counties a first chance to see an external report compiled by the Good Governance Institute (GGI) after payments made to Glamorgan in exchange for the loss of Test Cricket accommodation in the foreseeable future.
Payments caused some disturbances in the county game, with two members of the ECB board: Andy Nash and Richard Thompson – Waiver in protest and some members of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee of the ECB expressing reservations.