Warwickshire are to seek greater influence in the corridors of power at the England and Wales Cricket Board offices at Lord’s.
When their former batsman and chief executive Dennis Amiss steps down as deputy chairman of the ECB in the spring, Warwickshire will lack a presence at senior level for the first time in recent memory.
They previously had Tony Cross as deputy chairman of the Test and County Cricket Board and have usually been well represented on major committees at Lord’s.
Warwickshire are concerned that once Amiss steps down they will lack influence at Lord’s at a time when they are still reeling from the disappointment of missing out on Tests at Edgbaston in 2013 and 2014 in the recent allocation of international matches.
Warwickshire lost out to Midlands rivals Nottinghamshire who have been allocated Ashes Tests in both 2013 and 2015 even though Trent Bridge has a smaller capacity than the expanded Edgbaston.
Warwickshire have conducted their own post-mortem into what went wrong with their bid and have concluded that their interests will be best served by securing a place on the ECB Board.
At the moment no vacancies positions exist but it is expected that the number of representatives from Category A grounds on the Board is due to be increased from one – currently Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves – to two next year.
Warwickshire have yet to identify a possible candidate from their management committee which lacks anyone with a first-class playing background but chairman Norman Gascoigne is likely to emerge as the man most likely to be put forward for possible election.