There appears to be limited support for David Morgan's aspiration to alter the structure of the county championship.
Morgan, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, seeks a return to a single-division championship of three-day matches. The changes, he argues, would ensure local derbies being on the fixture list and each county's ability being more thoroughly examined.
"There is real merit in a single Championship, where winning the title would impress everybody," Morgan said. "To have a two-division Championship in which Lancashire and Yorkshire don't play each other is short-changing the game and the public. If you look at the last few years you will have seen by accident the best bowlers in one division and the best batsmen in the other. What the hell is the point in that?
"The jury is definitely out on two divisions. The former board discussed it informally and it is something we must address."
With England having just regained the Ashes and county attendances on the rise, the present structure of the game would seem to be working well. Morgan would appear to lack vision if his plans are no more original than a reversion to a former state.
Worcestershire's chief executive, Mark Newton, reasoned that members of his club would be about evenly split on the issue.
"It's a long time since anyone has written to me about this issue," he said. "David Morgan's comments do come out of the blue.
"There is some merit to his argument, though. It is a great shame that we do not play our neighbours each season and, in a single division, we would be sure to do so. But the introduction of two divisions has retained interest right to the end of the season."
Furthermore, there is an argument to suggest that the introduction of promotion and relegation has resulted in more short-term thinking by clubs. Counties, it is argued, fail to invest time in young players as the need for instant success necessitates Kolpak or overseas signings.
However, it has also resulted in contests being fought harder. There are fewer 'declaration games' and the changes are generally believed to have encouraged batsmen and bowlers to improve their technique.
It has encouraged teams to fight for draws where previously they may have imploded rather too easily. At present all matches matter. In a single division most teams would have little to play for after July.
While a reversion to a single division has some support it is highly unlikely that Championship matches will revert to three days. Although Morgan advocates, optimistically, three days of 120 overs each (rather than the present 104 overs per day), the current structure is much closer to that of Test cricket.
Newton said: "My personal view is that it is now less important commercially whether the game is played over three or four days or one or two divisions. The growth in popularity of other areas of the game - Twenty20 in particular - means the Championship is less important commercially so I would be happy to leave the decision to cricket experts.
"I don't think any immediate change is on the agenda, anyway. We have agreed the structure for the next three years, so 2009 would be the first opportunity for change."
Warwickshire's chief executive, Dennis Amiss, declined to comment until after studying Morgan's comments.
In 2006 only two teams will be relegated or promoted, which will surely lead to a reduction in meaningful matches in late-season.