Just read the Indy article. Wow...to think that's what saved Hampshire from going under when they moved...the EWCB were quiet when Hampshire became a private club from a members club. The result being the move from Northlands Road to the Rose Bowl and solvency. Bransgrove got his way and to be fair has done a lot for them. He would even walk round the ground welcoming supporters to the Rose Bowl...a place to be truly proud of. I lived down there when Hampshire moved and the dynamic of the club slowly shifted as they were the epitome of the new wave of professionalism and commercialism in the game...with a lovely ground if out of town as a great example to what you can do with ambition. Then they got Pietersen and Glam had their test match...against the local script!
It suggests the EWCB dont want counties to be taken over by local business consortia... is that a veiled warning not to be in hock to one guy or is the EWCB truly looking out for one of its elite 18 cubs?
Each to their own, but I found the Rose Bowl a soulless and empty place to watch concrete sorry cricket.
The ECB's action is hardly a veiled warnign not to be in hock to one person - without Graves Yorkshire would be history, and he Harrison and Strauss must be aware of that.
Dobell's article also interesting:
"Does it punish the officials at Durham who, years ago, embarked on a course that always threatened to end this way? Hardly. Some are dead, some have moved on or retired and one of them (Gordon Hollins, once commercial director at Durham) is now chief operating officer of the professional game at the ECB."
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cric ... 60344.html
Wonder what Wisden will make of it?
Wonder if the ECB will change the division one table on their new website? At least a footnote if not a points deduction.
Wonder how much Stokes and Wood will be lent to Durham last year. Those two plus Rushworth & Onions will see off most Division Two side.
Wonder who they will play once? Derbyshire, Notts or Sussex and Kent