18 first-class counties are expected to pass the ECB’s proposal to play one further conference-style Championship season. A decision on the short-term future of domestic cricket had been expected at a meeting on September 29, but was delayed due to the disquiet surrounding chair Ian Watmore. Directors of cricket prefer an immediate return to two divisions, but the ECB has made a Covidrelated case for a third successive year of three groups. Finishing positions are expected to be used for a return to a divisional campaign in 2023. A two-thirds majority is required, with a vote expected by Wednesday.