The Daily Telegraph
Cricket: the best of Line of Duty and quidditch
sir – The cricket moguls believe that dumbing down the language will attract a new audience. They are clearly mistaken, as can be seen by the increasing millions who watch Rugby Union, where the terminology is complex, rules change or are “nuanced” and the results of games can depend on the mind-set of the referee.
People are beguiled by complexity in what they watch, as is evident from the popularity of Line of Duty. Aficionados of Harry Potter enjoy debating the rules of quidditch.
If anything, it seems likely that increasing the complexity (the opposite of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s approach) might encourage new fans.
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
sir – Robbie Book, the chairman of the Club Cricket Conference (Letters, April 15) says that the Hundred will give people who have missed out on cricket at school an opportunity to learn about the game. Anyone inspired by the Hundred competition to go along to one of the member clubs of his organisation will find a very different game from the one that tempted them in.
Supporting a new competition that radically changes the way in which the game is played and introduces a completely different terminology will do nothing to help playing at grassroots level.
However it is dressed up, the Hundred is about money and nothing else. It will distract from club cricket and have a detrimental effect on both county cricket and international Test matches in the future, all of which have been the bedrock of the game for longer than Mr Book’s organisation has existed.
sir – If cricket is to have “outs”, surely football should follow and have “ins”. Anthony Mellery-pratt