No changes set in stone yet, new chairman Graves insists

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New England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves - of Yorkshire - insists there is still a “blank sheet of paper” on which to formulate any wide-reaching changes to the structure of his sport.

A document was leaked on Wednesday containing a raft of possible ECB proposals for the shortening of Test matches and one-day internationals, among other measures to be considered.

The ECB responded by issuing a statement in which it was made clear the ‘Strategy Conversation Summary’ was one of the starting points for a review to be undertaken by chief executive Tom Harrison.

Hopes to find a home in the domestic calendar for an ‘English Premier League’ franchise-based Twenty20 tournament found immediate favour with many pundits.

Graves appears to sense other elements might have caused a stir, however, and in an interview with the Guardian is at pains to point out no firm decisions or even suggestions are yet in place.

“It’s just something where everyone has thrown into the pot - there’s nothing to read into it,” he said.

“There are no agendas. Nothing has been pre-empted and nothing is cast in stone.

“It was just a discussion document put together by the new ECB chief executive.

“This is where we’re starting from. We’ve got a blank sheet of paper and we want to discuss everything. Nothing will be swept under the carpet.

“Nobody wants to say afterwards ‘Why didn’t we think of that?’ [or] ‘Why didn’t we discuss this?’.

“We’ll discuss everything and if it gets thrown into the long grass, it gets thrown into the long grass.”

Graves’ election as successor to Giles Clarke, for a five-year term, was confirmed on Tuesday.

The 67-year-old will step aside from his role as Yorkshire chairman once he takes up his new position at the ECB annual general meeting in May, and Clarke is set to become the national governing body’s first president.