chris wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:11 pm
But who will run the teams?
Will it still be the 7 County Clubs whose grounds are being used plus Middlesex or will it be completely new franchise structures?
Who will coach / select these county's teams in the RL50 if they are also coaching the franchise? Or will someone be flown in from India or Australia to coach a franchise?
Good question, Chris. the answer as far as I can garner is that this will be on roughly similar lines to when Lancashire hosts an international match - that is that the City sides will have their own coaching teams who have nothing to do with Lancashire, Glamorgan, etc. The county coaches will be engaged in running the county side as normal.
However, presumably the host counties will be involved in some way when it comes to organisation, promotion, staging, etc., just as they are with a Test match - but to what level I don't know.
This raises the important question to put to your clubs - with this tournament running, will Lancashire, Glamorgan, etc. maintain their current level of commitment to the county 1st XI, in terms of the staging of their 50 over cup matches for supporters and the team's standards and success on the field of play?
It already seems that the SWALEC, Old Trafford, etc., will be out of bounds in terms of county use for the duration of the tournament, which means that matches and maybe even player training will have to take place elsewhere. This is why, I believe, Warwickshire have redeveloped the Portland Road ground in order to prepare for this sort of scenario.
By the way, you specifically mention Middlesex. As far as I know they will have zero involvement with, or direct benefit from games at Lord's. As they are only tenants there, it will be the MCC who will work with the staging of the City matches there. Middlesex's position is effectively the same as Northants, Derbyshire, etc., in that they will receive the £1.3 million but have no other involvement.