The powers that be, namely the England and Wales Cricket Board, have decided in their infinite wisdom that the reforms recommended in the review conducted by David Morgan will be adopted.
Much will be written and debated over the coming days and weeks about these decisions, mostly by people better placed to do so than myself. But for what it's worth, here are my thoughts.
The reduction in the amount of County Championship games played, from 16 to 14 was met with opposition from the vast majority (but admittedly not all) of county regulars. Not that we were ever consulted by the club it must be said. David Morgan, I understand, did consult widely, though again how much of this was with the average cricket punter I don't know.
Many if not all the changes are aimed at improving the national side, a laudable goal I think we'd all agree. But these are changes to a domestic structure which has produced players good enough to make England the number one side in the world for the first time in decades, surely now of all times is when we should be looking more at the status quo than sweeping alterations to the longest form of the game?
Not that I am opposed to change in principle, I just think it should be done with more than a single goal in mind. I can't help thinking that the interests of the lowly cricket fan have been rather neglected in this process.
On the limited overs front, having reduced the number of Twenty20 group games this year to 10 per side, it is now planned to go back up to 14 in future. As Middlesex's Angus Fraser pointed out on Cricinfo, that could lead to a lot of redundant group games if you get off to a poor start. The lingering threat of Twenty20 overkill now looms large again. There is also the proposal to go back to 50 over cricket which is logical, although I personally prefer 40 overs.
This isn't a disaster, English cricket will live on and we'll all come to terms with the changes eventually. But it is disappointing. The seemingly muddled thinking of the ECB rarely has the interests of the fans at heart, this is just more evidence of that.
OK, Cricket May Be A Little Complicated
1 day ago