How can county cricket help itself?
The decline in attendance at county cricket has many causes but sometimes the game does not help itself, writes Glenn Moore in the Independent. He goes on to suggest that one of the ways county cricket can help itself by finally sorting fixture list.
Four-day cricket and splitting the Championship has led to tougher cricket and higher standards, improving the England team whose success is crucial to the game's survival. But, it has also created a transfer market and salary inflation. This increases the financial pressures on counties already struggling to meet the expectation of modern spectators and players for better facilities.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo