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County cricket is a bit of a problem... raised in Dorset now in London...Middlesex how can have one have an affinity to something that no longer exists...Who are young people supposed to support?
Cricket was on TV in the summer, it was just part of my life, Now, I can't afford Sky and my son, aged 8, doesn't really know how to hold a cricket bat... but loves football... as it is everywhere.Cricket needs to realise it is a minority sport - the ECB should be doing everything it can to support grass roots cricket. The best way... terrestrial tv - free to all and all for free!
I am a cricket fan that goes to T20, test matches and county championship games (when work allows). I wouldn't cross the road to watch any '100' tournament. The T20 Blast is in my view a very good competition - so for me the '100' is long term irrelevant.
@126. Not sure it's that. There are some very interesting personalities in cricket, much more so than football. Cricket just doesn't capture the imagination of modern children. I'm not sure why. Short attention spans? American influence in other sports? The first thing that intrigued me about cricket was when I saw the scorecards in the newspaper. It wasn't even seeing it on TV.
...and its on Sky.... so no terrestrial and they think it will take off to a new audience (alleged new audience, no proof). What an absolute futile concept that is doomed to fail.
131. Posted by TonyH on2 hours agoI dare you to try and navigate Worcestershire's website - utter mess. Fells like its been designed by graphic designers with no interest in their audience. I ended up looking for their fixtures on the BBC!!
It's a sad state of affairs. I remember when you couldn't get into a packed Oval for love nor money, especially for Surrey v Middlesex when Denis Compton was likely to bat. Flats alongside the Oval could make a little cash by admitting punters to their balconies and on the 58 tram (then 185 bus) upstairs seats on the Oval side filled up as the vehicle approached the ground. - Alas, poor Yorick!
I can't stand Take That. But would rather sit through one of their concerts than that crash bang wallop t20 nonsense that is supposed to be cricket.
Maybe most counties are like Glos, to whom a few days ago I sent a F'book message, + Tweet, re going to the County game (just finished). Info re tickets wasn't on their OWN website (the match had started -- their system thinks everything is 20-20?!), and I never had an answer. So we never went, two customers lost.
To those of you saying, 'Sky is the problem', if the cricket was moved onto terrestrial, we would no longer have hawkeye, hotspot, DRS etc as those channels won't have the finance. Like it or not, but without Sky the technology goes also.
When a large county, like Lancashire, is in trouble it says it all. Many of the smaller counties are simply not viable. They don't produce any England players either. Some should merge.
On the point of random finish times, there is a lot cricket could do to help itself.Over rates at test level are a disgrace and play regularly going beyond the scheduled close drove the FTA broadcasters round the bend. This is something easily sorted.The fixed interval times in the event of bad weather are another thing that punters hate, covers on and then take tea when the sun comes out?
@125 charlieboy.Wrt broadcasters. Like it or not, the streamers like Amazon are likely to be the future. Getting cricket on one of these platforms now and then free to view at that point may at least may be a step in the right direction.FTA broadcasters are no longer interested in all day cricket, even C4 with it's excellent coverage in 2005 had become disillusioned by random finish times.
@125 charlieboy.Absolutely agree that cricket needs to stand on it's own 2 feet. There was a time when the names Botham, Gower, Willis were as familiar as those of Best, Keegan and Dalglish. In 2005 we had Flintoff and KP but unfortunately the modern cricketer is a bit beige. With the exception of Stokes, the Eng team does not really have anyone as marketable as a Pogba, Salah or Hazard.
@124. No Netflix/Amazon et al, will be even worse than what we have with Sky. Even more of a ghetto, new people won't switch on to, or get, Netflix just because cricket is on.The issue is it needs maximum exposure to grow, i.e. free to air live coverage.Football limbo is about 3 weeks now. Cricket needs to stand on its own two feet rather than waiting for football not to be played.
@67. CAPicky89 "adapt the BBL ..within Eng & approach Netflix/Amazon to showcase it. Broadcast it whilst the football season is in limbo"==Agree, the rise of new platforms like netflix could be the opportunity to engage a new audience.But! Footah season in Limbo? When? Champ Lg finished end of May, World cup started 2 weeks later, Champ Lg restarted before the world cup finished.
@5 and 38.You are not related to Lord McLaurin are you, I remember him suggesting a merger to reduce counties 3 or 4 years ago.What!!! Essex and Middlesex merging would reduce membership to absolute Zero.Or you could be related to Mike Atherton who a few years ago suggested the likes of Derbyshire and Northants were just there to make up the number.
I'm surprised no county has booked the Rolling Stones yet.With Mick Jagger being a big cricket fan and with the Stones massive fan base, I'd have thought the likes of Edgbaston with their huge ground and capacity would be a nice little earner.
Didn’t help Lancs that the previous Director of the Board was on the take and got sent to prison for fraudulent use of funds. Tip of the iceberg??
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