John Stephenson on a big year for pink balls and the future of the Champion County fixture

AUDIO: Cricket Badger caught up with MCC’s head of cricket, John Stephenson, to talk pink balls and a possible change in venue for the Champion County game.

We spoke during an absorbing and tightly contested first day of the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi between the MCC and Middlesex. The game ultimately went to the wire with Middlesex winning by one wicket.

John has been an advocate of this use of pink cricket balls in day night first-class matches for a decade and is excited about a summer ahead which will see a round of County Championship matches played with pink balls under lights and also the first day night Test in June between England and West Indies.

We also talked about the venue for the Champion County game in future years. Will it remain in Abu Dhabi for the foreseeable future or will it be taken somewhere else?

Cricket Badger’s Poll

In a recent poll on the Cricket Badger Twitter feed, @cricket_badger, we suggested that the Champion County should win the right to host the game at the start of the defence of their title.

The results saw the majority of those responding to the survey wanting the Champion County fixture’s return to Lord’s.

We asked: Interesting debate on #ChampionCounty venue. You decide (on Twitter anyway) where it should be played?

  • Abu Dhabi 13%
  • Barbados 22%
  • Lord’s 38%
  • Champion County’s ground 27%

Tell us what you think on Twitter @cricket_badger


James Buttler

James Buttler

James has been working as a cricket journalist and broadcaster since 2006.
As the editor of Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author and a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications.
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