Kent wish to be at coronary heart of discussions a couple of joint-venture workforce with Surrey in The Hundred to make sure their followers can determine with a membership primarily based at The Oval.
Kent chief government officer Simon Storey, who joined the membership in January after a six-year stint as chief government at Derbyshire, noticed it as crucial that the advantages of The Hundred competitors, beginning in 2020, outweighed any dangers to Kent, significantly if the lads’s workforce is to be primarily based so removed from its heartland in Canterbury.
His feedback comply with hypothesis that The Oval could possibly be scrapped as a venue after the ECB final month gained assist from 17 of the 18 first-class counties for enjoying circumstances for The Hundred, with solely Surrey understood to have voted towards.
“With the brand new event, which is going on and can be launched subsequent 12 months, we have to be sure that the chance outweighs the menace,” Storey stated. “I believe being on the coronary heart of the talk and never simply permitting it to occur is definitely how we’ll try this.
“It is actually vital that our members, our spectators, our followers, our sponsors and our companions can really feel and determine with their workforce, which can be primarily based out of The Oval – no less than the lads’s workforce – so it is vital that we’re in that debate.
“We’ve got a really sturdy relationship with Surrey and I communicate and work repeatedly with Richard Gould, the chief government. We’re inside 18 months of that new event beginning. There’s so much to do however we see it as an especially vital event for Kent to be a part of, albeit inside the confines of that joint board that can be operating, and we’ll be sure that we’re a part of that board.”
The brand new format involving eight city-based groups will characteristic 100-ball innnings for either side, with a change of ends each 10 balls and bowlers allowed to ship 5 or 10 consecutively out of a most of 20. Strategic time-outs for the bowling aspect and a 25-ball Powerplay may also be included in the beginning of every innings. A participant draft is predicted to be held within the autumn.
Storey recommended Kent would push to host video games for the equal ladies’s competitors at its Beckenham floor.
It stays to be seen how The Hundred will have an effect on the home 50-over competitors, which can be performed concurrently.
“There can be a 50-over competitors, so there can be extra cricket on supply,” Storey stated. “One of many issues we’ll must do is be sure that we convey some new customers and a few new cricket followers for the brand new event.
“However I additionally suppose that the brand new event wants to draw present followers as effectively, and I believe that was one thing that maybe was misplaced alongside the best way, that we’re at risk of shedding our present cricket followers in creating a brand new event fully individually.
“Personally I believe that now we have to make sure that the 2 co-exist and I believe we have to have a look at different sports activities to see how they try this, and we have to be sure that for these gamers and people spectators that are not participating or watching The Hundred, that there is a credible and powerful competitors alongside it.”
Kent head coach Matt Walker expressed his need to teach the lads’s workforce in The Hundred, however admitted that the logistics could possibly be a juggling act.
“Like all gamers, you prefer to be concerned in one thing that is new, for certain,” Walker stated on the launch of Kent’s County Championship season at The Spitfire Floor in Canterbury. “It isn’t one thing we have actually sat down and mentioned, how we’ll go about that, however my preliminary understanding was that the ECB wish to make use of English coaches into that format, which I believe is sensible and I just like the sound of that.
“We wish to develop as coaches as a lot because the gamers wish to develop as gamers. It should create somewhat little bit of confusion and it’ll create somewhat little bit of issues alongside the best way as to that 50-over competitors, and in the event you lose various gamers and various coaches, then it’ll take some checking out.
“I am certain each coach within the nation wish to be concerned in that, as each participant wish to be concerned as effectively.”
Kent-born Walker, who performed for the county for a few years earlier than changing into head coach in 2017, believed being concerned in The Hundred may gain advantage gamers, coaches and their counties in different codecs.
“If you happen to’re concerned in a brand new workforce with totally different gamers and a distinct format, it is solely going to enhance you,” Walker stated. “It is all the time going to be nice for you financially as a participant, as it might be as a coach, however the upside that the gamers can convey again, and coaches can convey again – nice data, new expertise, methods of doing issues barely in another way – I believe, is all the time an actual profit to the membership.”