London, April 10: Former England goalkeeper and batsman Jack Russell called the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) “short-sighted” and “reckless beyond common sense” for “doing nothing” to promote the County Championship, which started on April 7.
In a series of three tweets, the 58-year-old England legend, who played a mind-blowing 54 Tests, 40 ODIs and 465 first-class matches, called the ECB’s marketing department an embarrassment.
So far, eight first-round county championship games have been held in divisions one and two.
“Well @ECB_cricket #CountyChampionship has started and unless I’m mistaken it has done absolutely nothing to promote its importance. Who runs the #Marketing Department? I hope you don’t have the guts to collect your salary at the end of this Month? Because this is a disgrace,” tweeted Russell, who has scored nearly 2,000 runs in Tests and 16,861 runs in first-class cricket and is the recipient of the Order of the British Empire.
In his second tweet, he reminded the ECB of the importance of county cricket, saying: “Don’t you understand its importance? Don’t you understand that future England players are nurtured #CountyCricket Players who will hopefully achieve greatness and win # TheAshes and generating millions of pounds for you to manage @englandcricket. So shortsighted it’s unbelievable.” England Test captain Joe Root had also been critical of the county system after the Ashes debacle, saying: “Anyone who gets into this Test team at the moment is doing so despite the cricket of the county, not county cricket. There are definitely things that need to change.” Russell said in his third tweet that, “@ECB_cricket this is beyond reckless beyond common sense. You have the future success of @englandcricket under your stewardship. You don’t understand that this basic #CountyCricket2022 is fundamental. Where do you think the players will come from?” ?if you smother this competition to death #Cricket.”