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The Future of County Cricket
Excellent Terry. I am so glad I am not the one charge to answer the questions.
LE - aka John
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It would seem that ex-Bear Jason Ratcliffe is asking many of the same questions that I raised.  Not too many people are going to listen to me but they might just listen to him with his track record in the game:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/cont...88025.html
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Yikes! He isn't pulling his punches is he? Very strong arguments from a respected figure.

Seems it's not just old codgers like me that think this is more about egos than it is about the future of cricket.
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Excellent article, how the sport could do with his like rather than the clowns like Graves running this once great game
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Giving it some thought I am now of the opinion this is a gamble not worth taking. As he say £15m could be spent really developing and marketing the existing Blast.
LE - aka John
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It amuses me that after a search, I jokingly chose this Ed Balls quote for my article to suggest that the whole thing is a gamble:
“We have come to the edge of the abyss and now it is time for a bold step forward”
Then I find that ECB chief executive Tom Harrison got there before me by talking about  "a moment where there's a leap of faith".
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Vic Marks is someone else not pulling his punches:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2...a-counties
But what would he know as a former international cricketer and Chairman of Cricket at Somerset?
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For a while, I thought cricket might be in trouble.  But Colin Graves is coming to the rescue just in time.  Phew!
http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/cont...21053.html
All we need is a slogan "Make cricket great again" and maybe a comb-over and everything will be fine.
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I seem to be the only one on this site who is positive about this.... I feared for the future of county cricket until T20 came along.

I suspected the biggest damage done to cricket was:

1. The removal of all cricket from terrestrial TV.

2. The cost of attending a Test match at one point heading towards £ 100 a day (and indeed the cost of attending domestic cricket increased well above inflation)

and

3. The ECB and ICC forcing a very high standard for test venues and the subsequent bidding war that followed. Indeed the costs still mount as Headingly is finding out... http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/cri...-1-8445677
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What happens to the T20 blast now? Are they going to let it wither and die next two years so they can knock it on the head in 2020?
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(27-03-2017, 10:32 PM)Mad Brummie Wrote: What happens to the T20 blast now? Are they going to let it wither and die next two years so they can knock it on the head in 2020?

Nope I think we will just see a stupid amount of 20/20

County cricket in the freezing cold April and May...Twenty twenty blast from Mid May to June...they might even have the two tournaments crossing over...

Cits based slog fest all of July which in a few years will take up all of August too....

What is going to happen to the 50 over game? are they basically saying no one will play it apart from those not deemed good enough to slog a cricket ball?
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The plan was to keep that tournament for the counties.... but that may have changed.

Telegraph sums it up nicely..... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.telegra...tract/amp/
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(27-03-2017, 08:34 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I seem to be the only one on this site who is positive about this.... I feared for the future of county cricket until T20 came along.

Nope I have consistently said I support this.

Since the Birmingham Bears nonsense I see this as the only escape for WCCC which is my concern.

if a Birmingham team plays in this they will surely re-brand back to warwickshire for the County competition.

My concern is that Warwickshire stop their failed experiment (i understand sales are second lowest increase in country) and play in all competitions as Warwickshire. This year's members pack was particularly annoying.

I'm really not that worked up about the franchise stuff.
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(27-03-2017, 10:42 PM)Warleybear Wrote: The plan was to keep that tournament for the counties.... but that may have changed.

Telegraph sums it up nicely..... https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.telegra...tract/amp/

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Michael Vaughan's in favour of it. Only needs an endorsement from Tony Blair now.
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(27-03-2017, 11:26 PM)Jon Wrote:
(27-03-2017, 08:34 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I seem to be the only one on this site who is positive about this.... I feared for the future of county cricket until T20 came along.

Nope I have consistently said I support this.

Since the Birmingham Bears nonsense I see this as the only escape for WCCC which is my concern.

if a Birmingham team plays in this they will surely re-brand back to warwickshire for the County competition.

My concern is that Warwickshire stop their failed experiment (i understand sales are second lowest increase in country) and play in all competitions as Warwickshire. This year's members pack was particularly annoying.

I'm really not that worked up about the franchise stuff.
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(28-03-2017, 08:38 AM)narsty simon Wrote:
(27-03-2017, 11:26 PM)Jon Wrote:
(27-03-2017, 08:34 PM)Warleybear Wrote: I seem to be the only one on this site who is positive about this.... I feared for the future of county cricket until T20 came along.

Nope I have consistently said I support this.

Since the Birmingham Bears nonsense I see this as the only escape for WCCC which is my concern.

if a Birmingham team plays in this they will surely re-brand back to warwickshire for the County competition.

My concern is that Warwickshire stop their failed experiment (i understand sales are second lowest increase in country) and play in all competitions as Warwickshire. This year's members pack was particularly annoying.

I'm really not that worked up about the franchise stuff.

The members 'pack was a superbly  gifted box set and a wonderful  gesture  by the club to its members, pity it was wasted  on ungrateful whingers like you
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I agree NS.... my mate showed me his pack and it was very well presented.
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I too thought the members pack was a nice touch, it's my first year as a non member this season but my father still is....I was a tad jealous when he got his!
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(28-03-2017, 07:19 AM)GrizzlyBear Wrote:
(27-03-2017, 10:42 PM)Warleybear Wrote: The plan was to keep that tournament for the counties.... but that may have changed.

Telegraph sums it up nicely.....  https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.telegra...tract/amp/

Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Michael Vaughan's in favour of it. Only needs an endorsement from Tony Blair now.

Have we heard yet from the spin twins, Piers Pietersen and Kevin Morgan?
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(28-03-2017, 08:41 AM)narsty simon Wrote: The members 'pack was a superbly  gifted box set and a wonderful  gesture  by the club to its members, pity it was wasted  on ungrateful whingers like you


Yes it was lovely.

Shame my didn't include any actual membership cards in it. Still waiting.....
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