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New T20 Competition
#61
(01-05-2018, 11:28 AM)Terry Wrote: Vic Marks has his say:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2...n-days-t20
The fact that he and I are saying roughly the same thing (though he expresses it far more elegantly than me) only goes to show what a pair of out-of-touch old fogies we are.

Vic sums it up so well. I'm not so sure it's just old fogies that think this though.
"The only Good Banker .......... is a Lickey Banker"
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#62
No Terry - just another case of hitting the nail right in the middle. I like the suggestion of getting rid of the stumps and you could have fielders being only able to catch the ball in a gloved hand. To increase the number of sixes how about reducing the field to a segment. Does it remind you of game played in the US?
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#63
(01-05-2018, 06:28 PM)Leicester Exile Wrote: No Terry - just another case of hitting the nail right in the middle. I like the suggestion of getting rid of the stumps and you could have fielders being only able to catch the ball in a gloved hand. To increase the number of sixes how about reducing the field to a segment. Does it remind you of game played in the US?

Good stuff from Terry and Vic.  I'm not too fussed about the 100 balls proposal, in part because I'm not too fussed about 20/20 fullstop. But I'm also not convined it will happen.  Does anybody else remember the ECB proposing to play 2 world games at the Olympic stadium?  Bit of a small ground I thought.  Now announced, there will be no world cup games at the Olympic stadium (it's too small apparently).  And I seem to recall the announcement of a city based 20/20 included a set of (risible) proposals for how it would fit into the season.  Now with 2020 fast approaching we have a committee looking at the issue and no mention of the original proposals.   As with a lot of organisations (political parties included) marketing has been transformed from something you do once you've had a good idea to the planning function.  The result is lots of ideas you can sell to the press but which don't work, this sounds like one to me.  And the ECB probably sees it as job done;  gets some column inches during the IPL hiatus and draws attention away from its own short fall in appropriate corporate governance.

RB
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#64
The players have raised the possibility of refusing to play:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...s-question
We seem to be entering a strange Alice in Wonderland world of alternative reality, as in:
"the likes of Root and Stokes will be allocated to a team for marketing purposes, but they won't be playing. The ECB made the point that this new audience won't necessarily know who Stokes and Root are anyway".
Why stop there?  Why not allocate W.G. Grace, Don Bradman and Garry Sobers to a team if they don't have to play?
PS - if that actually happens, don't blame me!
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#65
I like it, Terry - it will be great to see B C Lara and Dennis Amiss on the team sheet for Birmingham !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#66
You can hear Neil Snowball's views in the interview I did with him here:
http://deepextracover.com/2018/05/listen...e-hundred/
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#67
Here's a discussion between three of Deep Extra Cover's writers about what is no longer a new T20 competition - it's The Hundred, for the moment at least until someone re-names it or reduces it to 50 balls:
http://deepextracover.com/2018/05/dec-de...e-hundred/
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#68
Insight here into what the players are thinking:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...eturn-work
'Tom Harrison, was given a torrid time at the recent meeting with the players. His insistence that the new competition was only "a concept" at this stage appears to have been contradicted by his chairman, Colin Graves, stating it was "set in stone".'
So - a concept set in stone. That's a new one!
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#69
Well, I guess the money had to come from somewhere:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket...-guns.html
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#70
Winter in Loughborough - wow !!!!

So the reserves have gone from £73m to under £9m in just 2 years - that is an incredible spend. If the Hundred becomes the big flop I suspect it might then the ECB will be close to being insolvent.
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#71
(09-06-2018, 09:32 AM)Leicester Exile Wrote: Winter in Loughborough - wow !!!!

I suppose it prepares them for the conditions they'll be bowling in for most of their county careers.
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#72
All of this could have been sorted so easily. Around ten red ball counties.. a number of white ball only counties / sides. Red ball cricket across the year along with various white ball competitions. No hundred ball competitions.. T20 works. The white ball only sides would have been more competitive and commercially viable and may have included sides (not just counties) not in the traditional club of 18.... Indeed look at clubs like Leicestershire and their one day success this century compared to the race to the bottom in the four day game. I see an opportunity for clubs like Leicestershire, if they focus on what they can be good at rather than being spread to thinly.

Personally I think the game will implode before that and we will end up with a largely Pro-Am structure with the only lifeboat being perhaps T20. I fear the structure of the game changing in a flash and in an uncontrolled way.
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#73
It seems like the players might be revolting.
(I can think of one or two who are!)
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...s-question
There seems to be a weird kind of logic that exists within the ECB, as in:
"The likes of Root and Stokes will be allocated to a team for marketing purposes, but they won't be playing. The ECB made the point that this new audience won't necessarily know who Stokes and Root are anyway."
It does seem, however, that the ECB are pulling back from Colin Graves' statement that the shape of the new competition was set in stone.  It is now back to being a concept.
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#74
The players be considering revolting, the ECB certainly are!
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#75
Opinions shifting in various directions:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket...ndred.html
Daryl Mitchell should maybe not have used the word "throw" when he said about Tymal Mills possibly delivering the odd wide or no ball.
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