The Daily Telegraph

Cricket: the best of Line of Duty and quidditch

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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.

Peter Owen

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.

Roger Gentry

Weavering, Kent

sir – If cricket is to have “outs”, surely football should follow and have “ins”. Anthony Mellery-pratt

Poole, Dorset

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