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What does the future hold for the county game?

New ESPNcricinfo columnist Mark Nicholas joins the pod to debate the future of county cricket with George Dobell. Plus, a full preview of the 2012 season, and a look ahead to England's second Test with Sri Lanka (39:25)

Producer: Tom Kingham

April 2, 2012

Posted by   on (April 4, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

I don't think the problem with county cricket is too many teams. We just need a more coherent schedule, and for the competition to be better marketed. For a start it would help if those involved in the sport stopped putting the competition down. You can't measure success in county championship crowds, who would go to a football match outside the very top premier league teams if it were played at 11am on a weekday morning? Look at 20:20 and the people this is bringing in to watch the sport. 5,000 spectators attending pro sport in their local town, how can this be bad for cricket? The counties just have to find a better way of converting 'following' to something more powerful that can pay the bills and support the development of young players. I don't think some counties have this expertise or think it is necessary which is a shame.

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