‘I believe strongly in the county game’s value’ – Ed Smith defends Adil Rashid selection | Cricket Bats | England

Ed Smith, the England national selector, has defended the selection of Adil Rashid for next week’s first Test against India at Edgbaston, in spite of his unavailability for Yorkshire in red-ball cricket, saying that the decision was taken with the full approval of both his fellow selectors and England’s Test captain Joe Root, with Yorkshire

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County professionals call for retention of two-divisional Championship | Cricket Bats | England

Professional cricketers in England and Wales have come out overwhelmingly in favour of the retention of a two-division Championship with promotion and relegation in a powerful message to the ECB working group currently debating the future structure of the first-class game. The players’ message will quicken the belief that a move to a Conference system

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Steve Rhodes earns redemption after Worcestershire sacking with new county scout role | Cricket Bats | England

Steve Rhodes has been given an opportunity to revive his cricketing career after being named as one of England’s new selection scouts. Rhodes, the former England keeper, was sacked by Worcestershire in January after it emerged that, for several months, he had concealed from the club’s hierarchy the arrest of a young player – Alex

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