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The Future of County Cricket
The problem is though that a lot of the people who watch Test matches are often going to their only days of cricket all season. I cannot understand how 20000 people can be at a Test for about 4 days and yet some really good games of CC cricket have been seen by so few people. When I was at the Saturday of the Test v Pakistan, the 4 people next to me seemed to have no idea about how many overs there were in a day and other very basic elements within the game. I never buy alcohol at grounds because of the price or food. An Australian on 'cricinfo' was shocked that we pay £90 for a Test ticket. It's the exploitation of people in trying to make them think how lucky they are to see 'Team England' and they hope everyone buys into it and so feel privileged to pay that sort of price. They then seem so surprised when they see a poor attendance for The Pakistan Test at Edgbaston. It might be because the people who were sold the 'Ashes Dream' ticket the year before don't feel this is that big because of the over exposure of Test v Australia. To just constantly change the fixtures, type of fixtures and when they are played will not solve the crisis in English cricket where fans are concerned. T20 has taken over the domestic game and we will see how when we get to Lords on Saturday. T20 does not get youngsters interested in cricket, it gets them interested in T20 cricket full stop. I see very few youngsters at CC games. All more T20 competitions will do is keep allowing kids in for free and if adults don't want to pay to see a franchise side, then we really will have a problem.
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A heartfelt plea from my colleague Scott Hunt:
http://deepextracover.com/2016/09/scott-...-enjoy-it/
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Great article which sadly sums up what the ecb think of red ball cricket and I for 1 am unhappy with the direction the game is taking there have been far more exciting finishes in the championship than in the t20slog this year
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Amen. I've said before that if the County Championship was a building it would have a grade I preservation order slapped on it with its owner's required to properly maintain it. Instead it seems to be run by people who find it more an irritation than a thing of beauty.
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It's been this way ever since ECB chased the Sky Pot.

Perhaps someone could persuade BBC to use the money saved from losing GBBO to actually show some cricket. In reality ECB should seek separate bids for Test, CC. T20, ODI and Domestic 50 over. That way they could insist some will go to free-to-air TV.
LE - aka John
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The CC has always been unfairly treated and the only competition that was never televised by the BBC. It is a more intense test of character that any of the others due to it's long periods of concentration and the way it can shift from day to day in each game. Just a great pity that I see very few young people watching it whenever I have been. Yes, Terry good article from your mate and one of the things that has happened at least for the last 7 years or more is the last 2 CC games being played during week days. Can you imagine any other sport being so stupid about it's most important competition?
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It seems that the ECB may not get things entirely their own way:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...MP=OTC-RSS
Maybe English cricket will be like the patient who, despite the doctor's best efforts to cure them, miraculously survives.
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George has been busy!  Here, he sets out the pros and cons of the two top options:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...56773.html
To me, it seems like a choice between The Donald and The Hillary - but, as in that contest which will help to shape the world I live in, I don't have a vote.
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Can't see how Warwickshire supporters can complain about city franchises given what we have already done!

At least everybody in same boat now.
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I'm not going to defend the Warwickshire Chairman and CEO because they were all for City Franchises. But "Birmingham Bears" (although I don't agree with it) is simply WCCC masquerading as a Birmingham team. When the new Birmingham team is launched there might only be a few WCCC players in it.

A sad day for me, because IMO County Cricket will not exist in 10 years time. City Franchises will play T20. Regional sides made up of merged counties will play other forms.

Graves and Harrison. They sound like a firm of Undertakers. Well, today with the complicity of most county chairmen and CEO's they buried County Cricket.
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Sorry but why has it buried county cricket? We're still going to have 4 day cricket and 50 over cricket in the county format. It might bury the existing t20 competition but that is it in my humble opinion.

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There is still at least a pretence that all is not decided, as evidenced by the Somerset statement:
http://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/2016/0...I5MJQ6S.97
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If it does go on to happen (which I'm sure it will) I have no idea how it is going to work. As the Blast is supposedly going to carry on alongside the new tournament, which tournament will the players play in and who decides? Who is going to watch the new city teams? I'm sure that most existing county cricket supporters will continue to follow their existing team. Who is going to pay the city players? What happens where a city team and county team play at the same venue, who gets priority?
Proud to be a Bear
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Yes, lots of questions.
Maybe the Birmingham Bears will become the city team and Warwickshire will perform in the T20 Blast under their original name.
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David Hopps has let his imagination run riot:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/con...MP=OTC-RSS
Number 8 (with a few minor adjustments) may be particularly close to home.
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It will be interesting to see the statements from the counties as to why they support this option. There's an old joke about a CEO who asks consultants to help him choose a new secretary. The consultants interview the candidates and present a reasoned case for each one. They ask the CEO for his choice. He pauses then says, I'll have the one with the big boobs.

I think the counties have done the same. One option had lots of speculative dollar signs against it and they haven't looked any further. It's not funny.
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(14-09-2016, 06:03 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: It will be interesting to see the statements from the counties as to why they support this option. There's an old joke about a CEO who asks consultants to help him choose a new secretary. The consultants interview the candidates and present a reasoned case for each one. They ask the CEO for his choice. He pauses then says, I'll have the one with the big boobs.

I think the counties have done the same. One option had lots of speculative dollar signs against it and they haven't looked any further. It's not funny.

Chief executives have one priority which is to try and balance the books. Most members want more 4 day cricket. Sadly the financial worries that most Counties have means that the prospect of higher income from a new tournament will not be refused. Whether this will be in the long term interest of ALL the County clubs is another matter. It seems short sighted to me, the 18 team T20 will be competing with the City tournament and eventually i think only one will prosper. I think the City tournament will fail because the public will not identify with artificially created teams which will only exist for 4 weeks each year and comprise of mercenary cricketers who have no emotional connection with the supporters of that area.
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Graves and Harrison, Sorry to be blunt but they are a couple of ***** (It rhymes with a couple of things at the bottom of a bird cage - no not grit). I hope this fails and I really think it will no matter how many star players are brought (And bought) in . No team can contain too many stars as they will not be able to afford them. If the teams are given a big lump of cash to buy players as an incentive, I still think it will fail. How will a team who are having a great run in the CC, want to suddenly part with a player who is wanted to play in the Mickey Mouse cup - And who makes that decision ?
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So much for cutting the first division of the CC and having certain people in the ECB saying that players do need time to rest and practice as they didn't get enough time with 16 CC games. So, we will give them another competition - So now they have even less time to practice/rest. What a bunch of morons. This must be as bad as the TCCB all those years ago before they got rid of amateur county cricketers. Also, the David Hopps article is absolutely priceless.
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Will be interesting to see where they locate the 8 teams. No way can Chester Le Street sustain a side like this, nor for that matter Cardiff.

3 teams at least in London - based at Lord's, The Oval and West Ham (for the Essex crowd)
Manchester and Leeds
Birmingham and Nottingham
and probably Southampton

I think they eventually will drop the insistence on using city names as it will be too controversial everywhere bar Nottingham. Surrey will still be Surrey to get them on board ditto Yorkshire
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