County Directors

After Exeter City Supporters’ Trust became the owners of their football club I was a visitor to one of their board meetings. One of the directors was a former paratrooper; a supporter since boyhood who at the time had been repairing much of a then crumbling ground. Not remotely distracted management speak, he had the sort of energy that should be on club boards; diversity 2004: elections to anchor those making decisions and the influence of those that do.

As to county cricket and its diversity  now,  30 women directors, about 1 in 6 of the total, just two county boards/committees  all male (Kent, Northants ). The count of BAME directors 18+ maybe, changing times and some progress in the last decade, albeit  more by nomination than member election in some parts.  But as to the influence of those that do,  it seems doubtful that there are any nurses, or van delivery drivers,  among the 180 odd directors of the county game.

Cricket a game within a business and managed by the managerial classes then? The 100 team boards are largely made up of county chief executives together with a small  number of others that include an even smaller number of newcomers. While the counties take a payout, strategically The Blast  and The 100 are substitutes, competitors, rivals and  how those directors (or staff) acting in the best interests of one, will also be acting in the best interests of the other, is a mystery.

For members who put red-ball cricket first,  CC/ODC/T20 as  their order of priorities, 15 of the counties are membership bodies and  members electing other members still looks as a good a bet as any.  The question of what people stand for;  from personal experience credit those at the ‘People’s Home of Cricket’, the Oval, who stood for election this year and expressed an opinion, with some help from twitter what’s supposed to work still did in 2021.

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