THE Gloucestershire and former England seam-bowler Jon Lewis has criticised in a radio interview the "madness" of the structure of the FP Twenty20 competition this summer.
The views of bowlers tend to be disregarded in this format, but Lewis has credibility as a durable player who rarely complains without reason. He believes that facing 16 group qualifying games in the space of six weeks is too demanding. "It's frustrating, to be honest," Lewis said on BBC Radio Bristol. "I'm not one to moan about how much cricket we play, but the way the structure has been put together it's just madness at the moment."
He added: "We have a small squad and, without a doubt, there will be guys picking up injuries in this competition purely and simply because of all the travelling we're having to do."
Somerset's director of cricket Brian Rose, with influence in the ECB, tends to agree. "When we get the financial results from the T20 overall towards, say, the end of July, then I think everybody can make a much fairer interpretation," said Rose, a member of the ECB cricket committee. "My own personal opinion is that we're playing four too many games in the T20 qualifying group. I think 10 or 12 is enough."