High-performance review proposals from the ECB are impractical, says Sussex chair

Sussex chairman Jon Filby said the recommendations made in the High-Performance Study of Mens Cricket in England were necessary for the game but impractical when looked at from a holistic perspective . The study suggested a six-team top County Championship division starting 2024 .

Sussex chairman Jon Filby said the recommendations made in the High-Performance Study of Mens Cricket in England by the England and Wales Cricket Boards (ECB) were necessary for the game but were impractical when looked at from a holistic perspective.Former England captain Andrew Strauss led the investigation and it was published on Thursday.It suggested a six-team top County Championship division starting 2024, with a 12-team second division split into two conferences competing for one promotion spot.It also called for a reduction in championship matches per team from 14 to 10.

It is exactly what the game needs when seen from a perspective of high performance.However, we are not only looking at high performance from the perspective of enhanced capability.We're looking at the world from a financial and business perspective.We are seeing our members' eyes through the lens of their players who have the cricket they need and were seeing it from a variety of angles that are not limited to high performance.

Surrey's cricket director, Alec Stewart, said reduced game time will allow cricketers to compete at a higher level.Once the intensity decreases, your stamina decreases, so you're still trying to achieve the same high quality as the study was all about, so it's getting that balance right, Stewart told the BBC on Thursday.According to Essex chief executive John Stephenson, the proposed changes would not benefit England's test team.Reduced red-ball cricket, according to Stephenson, is not the right thing to do to create better test cricketers.