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Farbrace criticises Kent schedule

Paul Farbrace
Kent head coach Paul Farbrace is critical of the county schedule

Kent coach Paul Farbrace has criticised this season's lopsided summer schedule.

After playing two FP t20 games on consecutive nights, Kent went straight into last week's County Championship home game against Nottinghamshire.

That meant six successive days all over the South East at Chelmsford, Southampton and Tunbridge Wells.

"You become a match manager, not a coach. It's a quick debrief and tell them the plan for the next few days, Farbrace told BBC Radio Kent.

"Also the programme is such that it's difficult for people to see cricket on a regular basis."

Kent are currently enjoying their first spell of consecutive days off since May. Yet, from the end of their four-day game against Durham on 20 May, they are without another Championship home game at their Canterbury headquarters until 29 July.

And Farbrace says that, come the summer holidays, supporters wanting to take their children to games are not going to find the schedule to their liking.

"We're half way through the Championship season, the flagship of English cricket, and we're only into June," he said.

"It means when kids are off school there isn't going to be a great deal for them to watch.

"We can't have any influence. It's down to the administrators. We have to just concentrate on what we do.

"It's not just players, it's administrators too. It's easy for the players to be the ones everyone feels sorry for.

"It's people at Kent who have been driving vans up and down the M2 to make sure games go on.

"Everyone realises it's difficult. People don't set out to make it tough.

"But I think trying to squeeze in cricket early so we can send teams to the Champions League, and then they decide to bring that forward so no-one from England's going anyway, that's tough to take."

"There's no point moaning about it. We've known about it for months.

"But hopefully, at the end of the season, they sit down and say it was a tough year for players this year."



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