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Gloucestershire T20 schedule is 'madness' - Jon Lewis

Jon Lewis
Lewis has taken 46 wickets in the Twenty20 format

Gloucestershire paceman Jon Lewis has criticised the "madness" of the structure of the FP t20 competition.

The former England player believes that the regime of facing 16 group qualifying games in the space of six weeks is too demanding.

"It's frustrating to be honest," Lewis told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I'm not one to moan about how much cricket we play but the way the structure has been put together it's just madness at the moment."

He added: "We have a small squad and, without a doubt, there will be guys picking up injuries in this competition purely and simply because of all the travelling we're having to do."

Somerset director of cricket Brian Rose shares the belief that the competition could benefit from a rethink.

"When we get the financial results from the T20 overall towards, say, the end of July, then I think everybody can make a much fairer interpretation," said Rose, who also serves on the ECB cricket committee.

"My own personal opinion is that we're playing four too many games in the T20 qualifying group. I think 10 or 12 is enough."

Gloucestershire currently lie bottom of the south qualifying group, having won two of their seven matches but Lewis does not blame the schedule for his side's predicament.

"We are very inconsistent at the moment. We've competed really well in four games and won two of them and there's two we haven't really fronted up in."

Gloucestershire are next in FP t20 action against third placed Essex in Bristol on Wednesday.



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