'Anyone who says we need the rain is a fool'
THERE is nothing more depressing for a cricket follower than the sight of a cricket ground, virtually empty, half covered in green tarpaulin, with large puddles forming on the outfield.
The England & Wales Cricket Board have a lot to answer for, but those who criticise the schedule need to remember that a year ago, around the time of the Royal Wedding, the weather was ideal.
Going back further, I remember male torsos being bared in the Peter May Enclosure on the opening day of the 2010 season.
We've just been unlucky, that's all. Mind you, I've never had time for people who tell me we need it to rain, less so now given the quantity I watched descend on the Oval last week.
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What concerns me is that the ECB could use the weather we've been having as further justification for trimming the County Championship from 16 to 14 matches per team.
I would much rather have 16 games and take a chance, than have 14 and see the eight days we would save filled with more T20 cricket. The Twenty20 has its place, but I question why it's only played in June and July, with finals day in August.
The recent review of county cricket recommended that the T20 should be given a longer window. It only seems fair that all three competitions should be at the mercy of the English summer.