London [UK], October 14 (ANI): The County Championship will return to two divisions next season after 18 First Class County Chairs vote on Thursday.
After two Covid-influenced seasons, returning to the two-division County Championship will shift the competition to the 10: 8 structure agreed by the First Class County before the pandemic.
“The county plays in two divisions. Division 1 has 10 counties, Division 2 has 8 counties, and there is a 2 up 2 down promotion and demotion system. Each county has 14 county championships. We are planning to play a match. ” Official Statement of the England and Wales Cricket Commission.
The county will be placed in a division that is eligible to compete when the 2020 County Championship is held. The role of the England and Wales Cricket Commission prior to this week’s vote was to facilitate discussions between prestigious counties and provide them with the options available.
The priority of these discussions is to return to a two-sector structure featuring 10 counties in Division 1 and 8 counties in Division 2, as agreed by the counties following the 2018 National Play Program (DPP). It was to decide when and how it could be achieved. ..
The process of moving to that structure began during the 2019 LV = Insurance County Championship. At the end of the season, three counties were promoted from Division 2 (Lancasher, Northamptonshire, Gloucestershire) and the last deployed Division 1 County (Nottinghamshire) was demoted.
However, due to Covid-19, the two-division County Championship has not been held since then.
The structure of Division 1 County Championship 2022 will be Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Sally, Warwickshire and Yorkshire.
For Division 2, the structures are Derbyshire, Derbyshire, Gramorgan, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Worcestershire. (ANI)
County Championship returning to two divisions in 2022
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