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ECB calls emergency meeting

In light of the recent exceptional weather conditions ECB Chief Executive David Collier called an emergency meeting of the First Class County Chief Executives to consider actions which could be taken to maximise play in this year's Twenty20 competition.

It was agreed that an option of up to one hour's additional scheduled time to complete play be approved as a temporary regulation in 2007 .

The ECB and Counties also reviewed the option of rescheduling matches. Due to the condensed playing schedule the Counties determined that this was not feasible in order to finalise Group placings prior to the Quarter-final date for the Twenty20.

The Counties proposed that, as part of the ongoing Domestic Structure Review and with the growing interest of spectators in Twenty20 cricket, that the feasibility of reserve days be considered for future years.

Counties emphasised that they were investing in the best possible protection against inclement weather and were making contingency plans, which the ECB Chief Executive committed to an expedited approval process, for switches to alternate grounds within the county if required. Worcestershire have already taken advantage of this option by relocating matches to Kidderminster and Himley.

ECB also sought to provide emergency assistance to Counties through the hiring of 4 additional super sopper machines.

David Collier commented: 'The positive and constructive views expressed to combat these exceptional weather conditions is a credit to all Counties. Everyone is mindful that Twenty20 is people's cricket and is the season centre piece for domestic cricket supporters. Counties and ECB are working in partnership to seek to maximise play and also maintain the credibility of this important competitioní.

The meeting also agreed to warmly support a proposal from ECB to host a special seminar to share best practice in crowd management and to seek to eliminate unruly crowd behaviour which, whilst infrequent at cricket, is a matter which the ECB and the Counties wish proactively to ensure does not creep into the game.

source - ecb.co.uk
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