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Alastair Cook demands cancellation of County Championship instead of curtailed affair
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Alastair Cook demands cancellation of County Championship instead of curtailed affair

Alastair Cook has dismissed the idea of staging a truncated County Championship as he suggested calling off the tournament this year.

The worsening coronavirus situation in the United Kingdom prompted the England and Wales Cricket Board to postpone the domestic season to May 28.

The lengthy pandemic-enforced delay has put the Royal London One-Day Cup and the County Championship in doubt with ECB chief executive officer Tom Harrison commenting on the superior financial viability of the T20 Blast and The Hundred.

The highly condensed domestic schedule is expected to leave little time for four-day cricket to go ahead as planned.

Cook, who played a key role in Essex's Division One title last year, believes a shortened competition will fail to fulfill the purpose of quality action.

"In this year, over the next six months, the bigger picture is the most important," the former England skipper told the BBC.

"Whatever happens, if we do play any sort of cricket, which hopefully we will, what I hope is that they don't try and have a six-game County Championship or something like that.

"I would rather have one or two full tournaments, because if you do then play that tournament or two tournaments it is so much more rewarding to win it.

"If there is no time for a meaningful County Championship, say (you can only play) three or four games, there is probably not much sense us having it."

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