ECB confirms County Championship will return to two divisions in 2022 with 10-8 team split


Nottinghamshire can be in Division Two after being relegated from prime flight in 2019; first-class cricket was altered in 2020 and 2021 in a bid to mitigate the affect of the coronavirus pandemic

Final Up to date: 14/10/21 4:47pm

Warwickshire have fun after profitable the 2021 County Championship

The County Championship will return to a two-division format in 2022 for the primary time since 2019 however with a 10-team, eight-team divisional cut up.

First-Class Counties voted to alter the format of males’s first-class cricket throughout the pandemic, with the introduction of the Bob Willis Trophy in 2020 and a three-group seeded system used for the 2021 marketing campaign.

Warwickshire had been topped County Champions final month after which went on to carry the Bob Willis Trophy by beating Lancashire by an innings and 199 runs, at Lord’s.

They’ll duly take their place in Division One of many 2022 LV= Insurance coverage County Championship together with: Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Surrey, Yorkshire

Division Two will encompass: Durham, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Sussex, Worcestershire

The system for promotion and relegation can be two-up, two-down.

Sky Sports pundits Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher were critical of the 2021 county structure earlier this month

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Sky Sports activities pundits Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher had been essential of the 2021 county construction earlier this month

Sky Sports activities pundits Nasser Hussain and Mark Butcher had been essential of the 2021 county construction earlier this month

The method to transition to a ten:8 construction started throughout the 2019 LV= Insurance coverage County Championship. On the finish of that season three counties had been promoted from Division Two (Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire) whereas the last-placed Division One county (Nottinghamshire) was relegated.

Saying the adjustments, an ECB assertion learn: “It has at all times been the intention of the First-Class Counties and the ECB to return to the two-division construction on the earliest alternative.

“After the First-Class Counties voted to alter the format of males’s first-class cricket in 2020 and 2021 to mitigate towards the affect of Covid-19, this week’s vote additionally thought of the choice to play one additional yr of the seeded group construction that was efficiently staged this summer time.

“Though there was help from counties to make use of the 2022 season as a strategy to step again to a two-divisional construction, there was not the two-thirds majority that was required underneath the ECB Articles.”

Earlier this month Nasser Hussain described the county construction as “abysmal”, whereas fellow pundit Mark Butcher insisted he wish to see a return to a two-division construction for red-ball cricket.



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