ECB High Performance Review & Consultation


The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are currently conducting their High Performance Review of the domestic game, which is in consultation with the First-Class Counties.
There has been considerable speculation in the media about the potential outcomes of the review, including changes to structure and schedule. However, the Club will not be jumping to any conclusions before the recommendations are circulated.
The Club’s Board have voted unanimously in favour of rejecting any potential reduction in Championship and T20 cricket. In addition, it is imperative that the 50-over competition is retained. This view is supported by many of our fellow First-Class Counties and will be emphasised in future review meetings.
Chief Executive and Interim Chair, John Stephenson, will be part of the consultation period that is currently being led by Sir Andrew Strauss, which includes regional meetings being held with County Chairs, CEOs and Directors of Cricket.
The Club will continue to act in the best interests of our Members to protect the future of Essex County Cricket Club and the domestic game.
There will be an opportunity for Members to express their opinions on the ECB’s outcomes and recommendations of the High Performance Review before the County Chairs vote on September 20.
A Members’ Forum will take place at The Cloud County Ground on Tuesday 13 September (6:30pm) to present the findings and accumulate feedback from the Membership.



The ECB have today published a blog from Sir Andrew Strauss ahead of the consultation period.

There is also an accompanying Consultation Document, which includes research, finding and initial proposals from the review. This provides the evidence base and discussion points for the upcoming meetings with the First-Class Counties and is not the final recommendations of the review.

>> Read Sir Andrew Strauss’ Blog

>> Read Consultation Document