Essex are in trouble with the England and Wales Cricket Board again after their coach Paul Grayson was reported by Nottinghamshire for criticising their groundstaff after the controversially abandoned Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Trent Bridge on July 17.
Grayson, a former England one-day international, went onto the outfield after the match was called off and was involved in an angry exchange, witnessed by spectators, with Nottinghamshire’s head groundsman Steve Birks and his staff.
And Grayson later criticised the groundstaff for failing to remove the covers quickly enough to allow Essex the chance to chase down a revised target of 74 in ten overs.
But Nottinghamshire have now written to the ECB to make a formal complaint about Grayson’s behaviour and comments. “We have made representations to the ECB through the correct channels about Paul Grayson,” said a Nottinghamshire spokesman.
Essex are already walking a disciplinary tightrope with the ECB after they were fined £5,000 two weeks ago for five separate breaches of the ECB’s disciplinary code in a 12-month period.
An ECB disciplinary panel also held Essex captain James Foster accountable for the behaviour of his players and suspended him for two Friends Life t20 matches.
Nottinghamshire took the decision to complain about Grayson’s behaviour following a meeting between their chief executive Derek Brewer and chairman Peter Wright, who is also chairman of the ECB’s cricket committee.