Durham relegated to Division Two after ECB hands points deduction
Durham will play in Division Two of the County Championship next year after a points deduction handed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has resulted in their relegation.
Having finished fourth in the 2016 season, Durham escaped relegation with their performances but the club chose to accept a financial aid of £3.8 million from the ECB to manage their debt.
In exchange for the financial aid, the ECB has relegated the club to the second division and handed them a penalty of 48 points next season as well.
This means that Durham will start the next County Championship with -48 points while they have also been handed a four-point penalty in the NatWest Twenty20 Blast and a two-point penalty in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The chief executive officer of ECB, Tom Harrison said that the decision of the board reflects the seriousness of the financial struggle of Durham.
Harrison further said that the decision of the ECB was also aimed at setting a strong deterrent in order to preserve the integrity of the game and the financial stability of the clubs.
“There is no doubt that a strong, financially robust Durham County Cricket Club has a vital role to play in developing England talent, enriching our domestic competitions and underpinning the wider growth of the game in the north-east.
“The financial package and associated conditions approved by the ECB Board reflect the unprecedented seriousness of Durham County Cricket Club’s financial situation.
“To help them through these difficulties and continue as a First Class County, this had to be addressed with immediate, practical financial assistance.
“We also have a wider responsibility to the whole game and need strong deterrents in place to preserve the game’s integrity and financial stability.”
As per this sanction, Durham, who were granted first-class status in 1992, will not be eligible to host Test matches but they can continue to host limited overs internationals.
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