The Board want six groups of four each containing a minnow (Combined Universities, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Minor Counties East and West). Sussex's counter-proposal, however, envisages four groups of five including the 18 counties, the Universities and one other team to be decided by a qualifying round the previous summer.
Sussex argue that each county are ensured two home games and a variety of opponents - the Board's plan is for fixed geographical groups. Ironically, as Sussex are paired along with Kent, Essex and the Netherlands they will be guaranteed two home games initially. Until the Netherlands produce grass instead of matting pitches, they will play all their games away from home.
Among other matters is the proposed upgrading of Harry Brind as a full-time inspector of pitches when he retires from overseeing The Oval at the end of the summer. Brind currently does a similar job part-time.Reuse content