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Kent won't ask for reduction in T20 fixtures, but gate revenues down this summer

Jamie Clifford
Jamie Clifford

by Andrew Gidley

Kent won’t be lobbying for any reduction in the number of games in next year’s Twenty20 competition.

However, officials want them scheduled over the season rather than the congested fixture list – more than 140 games in the space of 48 days – which attracted so much criticism this summer.

An ECB meeting at Lord’s next month of county chairmen, chief executives and directors of cricket will discuss next season’s t20 programme, as well as the whole domestic 2011 summer fixture list.

Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford (pictured) said: "There are so many different views around the counties on what they would like to see.

"We would like to see the 16-match programme, eight home and eight away retained, but spread more evenly, starting in early May, going through until late August/early September, with an end-of-season final."

Mr Clifford confirmed that Kent’s net profit for the competition is down this year on last and much lower than the county budgeted for in their pre-season forecasts.

He said: "Despite having good crowds at Tunbridge Wells and The Oval, it was a disappointing year.

"Home attendances were about the same for eight matches this year compared to five fixtures last year but there are reasons for that.

"The football World Cup, fixture congestion with the games scheduled far too rapidly and pretty ordinary weather."

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