Don’t just drop in new T20 with­out a co­her­ent plan

The Cricket Paper - - T20 SERIES -

AS THE eight-team English/ Welsh T20 com­pe­ti­tion is now al­most a cer­tainty, and likely to start in 2020, op­po­nents like me are search­ing for de­cent sur­ren­der terms!

Hav­ing read El­iz­a­beth Am­mon’s ar­ti­cle two weeks ago in The Cricket Pa­per, out­lin­ing the likely men’s in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic struc­ture for the 2020 sea­son, and had it con­firmed at a re­cent county fo­rum; there is a new is­sue of con­cern.

The out­line pro­gramme looks con­fused and over­crowded. There seems lit­tle at­tempt to re­duce in­ter­na­tional fix­tures, and so make them big­ger events, which would be more pop­u­lar and mar­ketable. The late July-Au­gust time with a Test se­ries, new T20 com­pe­ti­tion and the 50-over county com­pe­ti­tion is un­work­able. There are nei­ther the num­ber of venues/wick­ets or qual­ity play­ers avail­able to make this work.

For the new com­pe­ti­tion to win against, or even com­pete with, other sim­i­lar ‘fran­chise’ tour­na­ments in Aus­tralia, In­dia etc; we need our Test and in­ter­na­tional play­ers in­volved. So there needs to be no in­ter­na­tional cricket at that time in Eng­land or Wales, and lim­ited other do­mes­tic cricket.

A pos­si­ble route is: Out­side the win­dow of say, four weeks for the new com­pe­ti­tion, is the time for Tests (say only five), ODIs (say three), County Cham­pi­onship, Blast and most of a 50-over cup. This would have the ben­e­fit of re­duc­ing the bur­den of play­ing and trav­el­ling for play­ers.

What must hap­pen is to plan much bet­ter, for a well de­signed sea­son’s cricket, not in­tro­duce the new com­pe­ti­tion, and then try to fit ev­ery­thing else around it. It has to be co­her­ent and work­able. RICHARD DAY Not­ting­ham

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