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Durham coach Geoff Cook concerned by player workload

Geoff Cook
Cook is concerned that too many games will saturate the quality of T20

Durham coach Geoff Cook has voiced his concerns over workload on his players for the Twenty20 campaign this season.

June sees Cook's side take in 11 FP t20 matches in just 22 days, followed by a County Championship match with Warwickshire to end the month.

"To play 16 games in 32 days is a tough schedule," Cook told BBC Newcastle.

"Throw in the travelling and it becomes almost unreasonable to ask the players to perform at a really high standard for all of that time."

Cook added: "The reason that the number of games was increased was mainly a financial reason and you can fully understand that from a county's point of view.

It's up to us not to use 16 games as an excuse for mediocrity, we have to get it right as soon as possible

Durham coach Geoff Cook

"You just hope it works out from a financial point of view because it's going to be difficult for the players to retain a high-standard of Twenty20 cricket and provide the entertainment that the game demands."

Meanwhile Cook has warned his players they must act quickly if they are to enjoy a successful limited overs campaign this season.

Defeat by Lancashire in the opening game has placed pressure on the side, while postponement of the Worcestershire game on Sunday was a further blow and Cook wants an instant response from his players.

"We did some good things against Lancashire, but fell down in other areas," Cook said.

"It's up to us not to use 16 games as an excuse for mediocrity, we have to get it right as soon as possible."

Durham have invested heavily in their Twenty20 line-up this season, having brought in New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor and South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel.

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