County cricket 2022 is a forthcoming season in English Cricket, which is scheduled to take place between 7 April and 29 September. The 2022 season will mark the 122nd edition of the competition. It will feature a new points system, Overseas players, new divisions, and the return of the LV= Insurance County Championship. Read on to find out more. Here are some things to expect from county cricket 2022.
ECB to host 122nd LV= Insurance County Championship
Following a successful season in 2018, the ECB is set to host the upcoming LV= Insurance County Championship in the summer of 2022. The competition will feature two divisions and will be live-streamed on the ECB website and ECB app. ECB is working with Sky Sports to broadcast all matches, including the group stage, and each county will feature twice before the quarter-finals.
The ECB is looking to make the LV= Insurance County Championship a regular fixture, despite the recent reshuffling of the series. This will mean more first-class cricket across the summer months, and the ECB is responding to calls for more summer fixtures. The ECB has also reformed the Championship to add two extra rounds in June and July.
In addition to the LV= Insurance County Championship, the ECB is hosting a second “The Hundred” tournament in the autumn. The Championship will take place in two divisions, with ten teams in Division One and eight in Division Two. Each division will feature two champions and two runners-up, and the winners will be crowned the Bob Willis Trophy and the County Championship.
The ECB has announced the first batch of fixtures for the LV= Insurance County Championship in 2022. These matches will be played at two different locations throughout England, allowing the ECB to have a wider scope and reduce the pressure on domestic schedules. Considering the number of games in the Championship each year, two matches each county could be played overseas. If all goes to plan, the LV= Insurance County Championship will be an exceptional event.
Points system to be changed
The ECB has confirmed the new structure for county cricket 2022, bringing more red-ball cricket to the mid-summer. This move follows criticism of the summer scheduling of county cricket, particularly following England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat. Neil Snowball, ECB managing director for county cricket, confirmed the new system is an interim measure and will be evaluated in the autumn following the counties’ reaction to last season’s uncharacteristic winter.
Blundell’s proposals to the ECB include changes to the recruitment process and the eligibility of players. These proposals are market-based and could improve the efficiency of county cricket competitions while also allowing players to play alongside international-standard players. The changes are expected to result in a more competitive and more successful English cricket team. But they should be implemented gradually in order to avoid a major disruption to the cricketing landscape.
The changes are based on recommendations by the ECB’s Performance Cricket Committee and will ensure that County Cricket attracts more high-calibre players. The new structure will help counties compete with the best overseas competitions while maintaining the same level of domestic cricket. These changes will enhance the competition, while also creating a more competitive environment for young talent. They will also help to ensure that the County Cricket system is sustainable.
Overseas players to feature in the competition
After a year of speculation, county cricket has finally announced its overseas players for the 2022 season. While it has been controversial for some time, the Kolpak rule has been scrapped and sides can now select as many as two overseas players for the county championship and Blast. As a result, some players have moved on to the IPL. But how many of these overseas players are likely to play for a county team in the next four years?
In Yorkshire, there are five foreign players to look out for in county cricket in the next few years. Two of the players have represented their countries and one is a South African. Another is Wiaan Mulder, a South African who plays for the Ernakulam district in Kerala. This year’s IPL mega auction has sparked speculation about a number of overseas players.
Pujara is one such player. He will represent Sussex in the 2022 competition. He has previously played for Derbyshire and Yorkshire and will join Sussex in 2022. He will be available for the T20 Blast and the majority of the County Championship before flying back to Pakistan. The overseas players will also get a chance to play for a good amount of money during the off-season for international cricket.
New divisions to be introduced
Despite opposition from counties, the ECB is considering introducing new divisions for county cricket 2022. The first four-day games will now be played in June and July, and two games in June will be replaced by three in July. The new schedule is designed to give first-class counties more prime time in summer. As of 2022, the opening seven rounds of matches will be played consecutively. Warwickshire’s title defence begins against Surrey on May 28.
The changes will end the three-tier format, which was introduced during the Covid-affected format. This was followed by a two-phase County Championship. The first two divisions will be created from the four teams in each group. These divisions will be based on final placings from 2019. Nottinghamshire, who were relegated to Division Two-three years ago, will be in Division Two. Yorkshire is in Division One.
The county championship will go back to a two-tier structure next year. It has been played under a different structure for the past two seasons. In 2020, the county championship was replaced by the Bob Willis Trophy and a three-group conference system. From 2022, the County Championship will return to two divisions. The top two teams in each division will compete in the Bob Willis Trophy final.
Warwickshire to host Surrey
Yorkshire and Warwickshire will play each other again in the 2022 season as both teams start their defence of the County Championship title. The first match between the two sides ended in a high-scoring draw in Birmingham, with Surrey chasing a 280-run target. While Will Rhodes’ side struggled to produce wickets, Warwickshire responded well to losing the toss and fielding first. Matt Lamb’s 106 and Michael Burgess’ 178 helped Warwickshire to a first-innings lead and claim extra batting points.
On the third day, Warwickshire were 139 for eight. Hardik Patel’s 133-ball innings included 14 fours, and his 102 was his second championship century. Patel and Ben Foakes combined to keep Surrey in contention, stalling the Essex attack and chasing a 237-run target. During the second session, Essex lost both their wickets to a concussion substitute, Craig Miles, who finished with four for 85. Essex lost their second wicket, Simon Harmer, who was stranded on 75. Warwickshire’s innings included Alex Davies and Dom Sibley, who put on 110 runs in 37 overs.
Surrey can call on a centrally-contracted trio of England players, Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, and Sam Curran. While all three players are only available as batters, these three players can make a big impact in the opening fixtures of the season. Unlike Surrey, Warwickshire can call on a wide range of talent, including Will Rhodes, Alex Davies, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, and Michael Burges.
Lancashire to host Gloucestershire
The LV= Insurance County Championship is scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 2022, and the match between Lancashire and Gloucestershire will be played at the County Ground in Bristol. To follow the match, visit SofaScore for live commentary and match predictions. You can also bet on the match by checking out the betting odds. Listed below are the betting websites for the game between Lancashire and Gloucestershire.
As for the team, Gloucestershire have a strong squad that will be eager to defend their title and win the LV=Cup. They are currently 99-3 and have a lead of 34 over Lancashire, which means that Lancashire will be looking for early wickets. Earlier, Essex beat Hampshire in an exciting match at Chelmsford. Their bowling attack was led by Simon Harmer, who took seven wickets in the second innings and finished with a career-best match total of 15 for 207.
The County Championship will be held in two parts. First, the teams play in Group A and Group B. The top two teams from the group play in the Bob Willis Trophy, a season-ending five-day match. Last year’s final was won by Warwickshire, who beat Lancashire by 199 runs. However, the Bob Willis Trophy will not be played in 2022. The county champion will be crowned when they finish on top of the table. However, the ECB have already said that it may return in the future.