- Fri Sep 03, 2021 10:18 am
Interesting tea time interview on T.M.S. yesterday with the chief executive of Surrey . Although vigorously opposed to the Hundred Surrey have gone all out to embrace the concept and make it a springboard to further develop their county side. His main takeaways from the season were;
That a large part of the financial benefits of the Hundred to Surrey will be substantially offset by a decline in T 20, R.L.C.and championship revenues due to the scheduling arrangements.
He thought the demographic of the spectators was largely the same as Surrey achieved on their T20 matches due to their previous emphasis on family attendees and expanding their membership over recent years.
He was critical of the marketing of the Hundred as falling between two stools. If a new family audience were the target then all the matches should have been on weekends and so many of the Surrey membership had been made to feel unwanted by the campaigns in the media.
He wanted the R.L.C. to be returned to a knock out format including the eighteen minor counties in the first round. He made the excellent point that under this season's arrangements none of the top English professionals would be given the opportunity to play in a 50 over competition despite this being the World Cup format.
All in all it was nice to hear the thinking, planning and strategy behind developing a forward looking county, including expanding the membership, developing community links and looking after the players welfare, which he felt was threatened by the scheduling of the English season.
It was nice to hear a sensible series of opinions on how to move forward positively from where cricket in this country now finds itself
I cannot find a link to the interview on bbc sounds.