ECB implement numerous changes for 2014 county season

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“These changes are designed to make our domestic game even more spectator and viewer-friendly”

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have implemented numerous changes for the 2014 county season, which range from super overs to coloured creases.

The ECB stated that these changes were being put in place in order to make the game more “spectator and viewer friendly”.

In the County Championship, teams will now receive five points for a draw instead of three.

Meanwhile, super overs will come into effect during next season’s Friends Life Twenty20 tournament, along with coloured creases.

In the newly-named Royal London One-Day Cup, the ECB will try and replicate ODI conditions as much as possible, even to the extent where they have introduced two new balls.

All batsmen will also have 60 seconds instead of 90 to make their way to the crease.

“These changes are designed to make our domestic game even more spectator and viewer-friendly as well as bring the county game into line with rule changes which have been successfully implemented at international level by the ICC,” ECB chief executive David Collier said. “They will come into force along with the new county schedule next season and are the product of extensive consultation and discussion with all our key stakeholders in the domestic game.”

On the issue of coloured creases, an ECB statement said: “Alternative colours to white may be used as crease markings from next season – subject to successful trials. This change is designed to make crease markings easier to see for both spectators and TV viewers.”

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