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Moxon hopes county talks can help protect Championship

Seventeen of the 18 first-class counties met at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon insists there was an “absolute will” to protect the domestic game among all who attended Tuesday’s meeting at Edgbaston.

Of the 18 counties, only Essex were unable to attend the gathering in the Midlands held to discuss pressing issues affecting the sport on these shores.

The future of the County Championship and the lure of Twenty20 cricket were the main topics of discussion at the meeting of coaches and directors of cricket chaired by Moxon.

“It was really good and because of the sensitivity of all the issues, we won’t make any public statements until we feed back to our chief executives and the ECB about what we’ve come up with,” Moxon told Press Association Sport.

“Everyone present stressed that what we discussed was for the good of the game as a whole. It was about how do we protect it, how do we make it better so that people want to play and watch it. It was about the game as a whole and not about localised agendas.

“The topics discussed were County Championship laws and County Championship cricket. Everyone present felt that it was still important that all 18 countries must be protected within that framework.

“We looked at Twenty20 tournaments around the world and the impact they have on the counties and players – the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the new (English) T20 competition for 2020.

“The ECB were aware of the meeting. They’re very keen to get our views, so we’ll feed it back to them and then we’ll decide how we take it forward from there.

“Everybody knows the game is at an important stage. Important decisions have to be made over the next year or so, but at the meeting there was an absolute will to make sure we get those decisions right for the benefit of the game.”

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