There are changes afoot in minor counties cricket after reported discussions between the Minor Counties Cricket Association and the ECB.
Plans to improve the current structure and standards could be implemented from the beginning of the 2020 campaign if given the go ahead.
The current Eastern and Western Divisions, both of ten sides, could be split at the end of the 2019 season with the top five clubs in both entering in a new Division One East and Division One West for the following year. Division Two East and Division Two West could contain the bottom five sides in the regional 2019 tables.
The top two teams in each division at the end of 2020 would play-off for the Unicorns Championship Trophy, with the addition of promotion and relegation between the two regional divisions.
The proposed new system would mean four Championship three-day matches instead of the current six.
The season’s calendar would start with the 50-over competition followed by the Twenty20. With player availability expected to improve later in the summer, the Championship three-day cricket would be scheduled then, thus improving the standard.
The ECB has also confirmed that Minor Counties will take on first-class sides in a one-off round of 50-over fixtures prior to the domestic one-day competition in mid-July.