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#1
This should be well worth registering for if you are a Member:
https://warwickshireccc.com/news/online-...-farbrace/
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#2
I've registered and submitted a couple of questions. I thought the one with Allan Donald last week worked pretty well.
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#3
Registration for this closes at 12.00 tomorrow.
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#4
A few things that I can recall from yesterday's forum:

- The club are desperate to play any cricket that they can. The possibility of playing behind closed doors with an enhanced online stream was discussed
- There will be no change of name from Birmingham Bears back to Warwickshire once the Hundred starts
- Both Neil Snowball and Paul Farbrace were very keen on the Hundred
- The planned next phase of the ground development is still going ahead, albeit slightly delayed. Details of future phases will be released soon
- The club is insured for all ticket sales that were made before the crisis started (both international and domestic) so should be able to recoup a large proportion of this
- We maintain an excellent relationship with Birmingham City Council, and I believe potential changes to the loan repayment structure have been discussed
- All players and staff are safe and well, and the players are maintaining fitness levels at home - some have even set up nets in their back gardens
- Paul Farbrace said that noone will be able to change Jeetan Patel's mind about retiring at the end of this season (sadly)
- A replacement for Jeets was discussed, as was a replacement for Sibley when he's with England, but it doesn't sound like we're actively looking to sign players. Paul Farbrace spoke of his high hopes for Alex Thomson, as well as Rob Yates
- Neil Snowball will still be taking up his position with the ECB at the end of June, and the search for his successor is still ongoing
- Both he and Paul Farbrace said that the 50 over competiton being the one that was most likely to be reviewed, and Paul said that he'd favour a move back to 40 over games

I'm sure I've missed a few things but hopefully that should give people a bit of a flavour of what was discussed
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#5
(08-05-2020, 02:57 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote: A few things that I can recall from yesterday's forum:

- The club are desperate to play any cricket that they can. The possibility of playing behind closed doors with an enhanced online stream was discussed
- There will be no change of name from Birmingham Bears back to Warwickshire once the Hundred starts
- Both Neil Snowball and Paul Farbrace were very keen on the Hundred
- The planned next phase of the ground development is still going ahead, albeit slightly delayed. Details of future phases will be released soon
- The club is insured for all ticket sales that were made before the crisis started (both international and domestic) so should be able to recoup a large proportion of this
- We maintain an excellent relationship with Birmingham City Council, and I believe potential changes to the loan repayment structure have been discussed
- All players and staff are safe and well, and the players are maintaining fitness levels at home - some have even set up nets in their back gardens
- Paul Farbrace said that noone will be able to change Jeetan Patel's mind about retiring at the end of this season (sadly)
- A replacement for Jeets was discussed, as was a replacement for Sibley when he's with England, but it doesn't sound like we're actively looking to sign players. Paul Farbrace spoke of his high hopes for Alex Thomson, as well as Rob Yates
- Neil Snowball will still be taking up his position with the ECB at the end of June, and the search for his successor is still ongoing
- Both he and Paul Farbrace said that the 50 over competiton being the one that was most likely to be reviewed, and Paul said that he'd favour a move back to 40 over games

I'm sure I've missed a few things but hopefully that should give people a bit of a flavour of what was discussed


Think there was a reluctance to discuss refunds, there was talk of a reward scheme, potential savings for next year or potential 'donation' to the cricket club using this years membership fee.


Considering the ECB have stated that it is very unlikely that any spectators will be able to attend cricket matches this season, I was surprised to hear Neil talking up the possibility towards the end of the season. The cynic in me believes this is just to hold out on making any decisions regarding membership (which I understand)
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#6
Is the ground development just for the apartments? Or are there plans to improve the stadium too?
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#7
Exiled Bear's summary seems accurate to me.
Regarding the ground developments, Neil Snowball said that the different phases are:
  • Pershore Road apartment developments, including a "plaza" where the current car park is
  • after the 2023 Ashes - a hotel
  • later - development of the City End
He suggested that the recruitment of his successor was "coming to a conclusion" and that he would be moving to his new role at the ECB at the back end of June.
Other points - for obvious reasons, the plans to use Portland Road for first team cricket this year have been abandoned, though some second team cricket (if it happens) could take place there.
The most positive message was that, even by the worst scenarios, the club can keep going in 2020.
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#8
If you missed the Forum and want to check up that the updates on here are accurate, it is now on-line:
https://warwickshireccc.com/news/watch-m...-donald-2/
I know it references Allan Donald above - but it really does link to the Forum last week!
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#9
There's another online forum this week, with the coaching staff, which should be interesting.
You can sign up and submit a question here:
https://edgbaston.com/news/live-qa-jim-t...e37166372a
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