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Surely the fact that more decisions are now correct (especially run outs, stumpings and 'feathered' catches) makes the game better (& fairer)? With modern technology umpires making an honest (but wrong) decision are shown up & embarrassed, which helps no-one.
Wonder how the ECB feel - seems to me they are gambling with the future of English cricket.The Full Toss Cricket Blog
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So the Big Bash has lost $33m in its first 5 years, despite the big crowds and the fact that cricket fans have a natural affinity with their teams. What on earth is the ECB’s new city comp going to lose when many fans ignore it and keep watching their counties?
That was a source of hot debate at our match in Bristol. If tests go to 4 days there could be scope to revert to 3 day cc with one division.gmdf wrote: ↑Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:44 amAn interesting article on what the new Franchise T20 may mean for the counties here:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/ ... -proposals
The ECB’s new 100-ball, family-friendly format could be split into two spells of 50 successive balls from each end of the ground.
It had previously been thought that the eight-team tournament, which will start in 2020 and has been provisionally called “The Hundred”, would feature two innings made up of 15 traditional six-ball overs and one ten-ball over.
But The Times understands that the ECB is so determined to ensure matches do not last longer than two-and-a-half hours that it is still considering alternative ways in which the 100 balls could be divided.
The ECB is mindful that there has been criticism of the 16-over idea and wants to avoid complicating the new game. It has even discussed abandoning leg-before as a method of dismissal, although it is understood this was considered too radical a change and was not seriously considered.
Sky and BBC, who will broadcast the new event, are keen for the game to be shorter, but it is understood that they do not want it to stray too far from the fundamental laws of cricket.
The eight teams will be managed by a committee and a general manager. The committee will contain officials from two or three counties with the partnerships at each venue as follows: The Oval — Surrey and Kent; Lord’s — Middlesex, Northamptonshire and Essex; Southampton — Hampshire and Sussex; Cardiff — Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset; Headingley — Yorkshire and Durham; Trent Bridge — Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire; Edgbaston — Warwickshire and Worcestershire; Old Trafford — Lancashire only.
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