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I don't know why 50 over format is so important; as mentioned before it was the ICC's idea to make cricket more attractive than unlimited overs. It should go at all levels and be replaced with 30 over matches, which is the most technical yet entertaining form of the game I have seen. You probably wouldn't need Twenty20 either, if you want to watch slogging in an evening play 10 overs each way.
I went to games in all three formats this season and enjoyed them all, but the EWCB needs to keep things stable now, as it's only three years ago they dropped 50 over cricket! I think the CC needs some work. I enjoy the format, but the game needs more wins, rather than draws, invariably determined by the weather. Put simply, I want a bit more pace injecting in to the game. Thoughts?
50 overs is much better than 40. At last a small step in the right direction.However - ask yourself this.If Manchester United played Chelsea kicking off at 11am on a Tuesday what sort of crowd would there be?In a typical season there are 49 weekend/bh days. As many of those 49 days as possible must be utilised (a healthy mixture of all three forms). It is really that simple.
& 57 and 60. attendances on warm sunny sundays are already the same for county games on a sunday as for 40/40 or 50/50. Why this vote has forced a change. People want to spend all day at the cricket on a sunday in a relaxed family atmosphere i.e County Champs, instead of beer fueled noisy yobbish one day. hence the change anyway.
There was absolutely nothing wrong with the old Sunday League until people started meddling. Also disappointed still no knock out one day cup competition involving the Minor Counties. Seems the ECB will bend over backwards to accomodate Holland/Ireland but Staffordshire? Devon? Norfolk? They can go whistle.
@58. It can be done without adverse effect on members. Surely it is better to have the ground populated rather than mostly empty. Membership at say £130 pa gives "free" access to 32 days county cricket ie £4-06 per day, plus better viewing area and 40 over game "free" access £5-00 for Sunday county cricket seems fair to me. It can then return to "normal " for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
@55. The difference between T20 cricket in England and MLB in America is they can rely on the weather a whole lot more than we can!!
to 57. Reduced Championship ticket price for a sunday?? I hope i get refund on my membership then? Why that is not possible. Ask any football club the refunds and vouchers they have to give Season ticket holders every year.
@46 and @49. The issue is surely that if 4 day games start on a Wednesday then the 4th day ie Saturday is rarely interesting. In 2014 weather permitting see a T20 on Friday evening and then full day county championship on Sunday. Perhaps buy one T20 ticket and get reduced ( free ? ) entry for county championship.Can I patent that idea ? Any County Cricket Club marketing people reading this ?
I'm sort of torn with this decision - I think it's daft that there's no 50 over competition as it is, as that is what they play at international level, but at the same time as a fan I prefer 40 overs - I find 50/50 can get a bit stodgy mid-innings.
Regarding a T20 window, the problem in the UK is you never know when a bad patch of weather will hit. T20 cricket should like the MLB in America, played on hot summer's evenings where people go for a great night out with their families and friends.
The administrators have made some good decisions for once. After spectator input funnily enough! Lets hope they leave it like this.
Too many T20 matches resulting in quantity rather than quality.Big clubs with big grounds will be hit financially, while smaller counties benefit most.
This hasn't addressed the main problem, which is that there are too many teams and, by extension, journeymen. This puts a strain on the ECB who are critical to the financial survival of most county clubs. It's unpalatable, but it's one of the root causes of having so many pointless ODIs...
I’m surprised they have opted to ditch the t20 window in favour of matches played throughout most of season (presumably without the extra overseas player), but Friday t20 cricket has been popular and it will be interesting to see how it works out, if it’s not a big success this new schedule will be a disaster, and it will be back to the drawing board in 2017!
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