England legend Jack Russell has criticized the ECB’s efforts to promote the County Championship, with former Test star Graeme Fowler accusing them of not being ‘concerned about the future of the game’
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The County Championship begins April 7, with eight first-round matches played between divisions one and two. And Russell, who played 54 Tests for England during a decade-long international career, is highly critical of the ECB’s efforts to boost the competition.
In a string tweet, Russell labeled them “short-sighted” and “reckless beyond common sense”. He wrote: “Well @ECB_cricket #CountyChampionship has begun and unless I’m mistaken you have done absolutely nothing to promote its importance. Who runs the #Marketing Dept?
“I hope you don’t have the guts to get your paycheck at the end of this month? Because this is a disgrace.
“Don’t you understand how important it is? Don’t you understand that future England players are raised #CountyCricket Players who hope to go great and win #TheAshes and generate millions of pounds do you run @englandcricket So its foresight.
“@ECB_cricket this is beyond recklessness beyond common sense. You have @englandcricket’s future success under your control.
“You don’t understand this basic thing # CountyCricket2022 is key. Where do you think the players will come from if you suffocate this competition to death.”
Former England player Graeme Fowler replied to Russell, adding: “It’s sad, but @ECB_cricket doesn’t care about the future of the game, nor where future players will come from.” All fixtures are available to watch on live streams, an innovation that has greatly improved the league’s visibility in recent years, especially during the height of the pandemic. translate when fans are unable to attend matches.
The ECB provides support and funding for these streams and showcases them on their website, along with featured information packs. They also sponsor a network of reporters that provide match reports on every game in the country throughout the summer.
There have been results this season, with Hampshire completing an all-out win over Somerset in one play and 113 runs. Somerset was short of nine players such as the excellent 168 from Joe Weatherley and the matching numbers 6-50 from Mohammad Abbas helping Hampshire take 23 bonus points.