- Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:13 pm
A 'GREAT' IDEA' they might as well play behind closed doors and save on the gatemen and stewards, if it is be based on the Test Grounds, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Durham, Notts, Warks, Lords, Oval, Cardiff & Southampton that only leaves out Derbyshire out in the North. Are they going to distribute the men of Kent and the gentlemen of Sussex around the North?
If they market it as a City based scheme I'm afraid you won't have anybody from Bradford, Liverpool or Portsmouth supporting Leeds, Manchester or Southampton.
You mention 9 test grounds but they are saying only 8 teams, so someone will miss out.
Interesting they're talking about a 2 to 3 week competition only - a good thing for county cricket, but what if it rains?
Doesn't sound like anyone really knows any detail, but counties like the sound of getting a lot of money for what may essentially be a mid-season break.
If players are centrally contracted to ECB for those weeks, and allocated around the country, it would be better than if it was just done on a purely geographic basis, in which case for example the team based at Nottingham would just come to be regarded as Notts.
I can see lots of the best players being left out for star names, eg Northants (T20 winners) Sanderson, Gleeson and Azharullah not getting a chance because say Stuart Broad is a bigger 'name', though not actually as good in this format.
In summary, a lot of work still needs to be done on the detail. I'm hoping that it will be less disastrous than Mav fears.
And in response to Bucksman's latest post, I would want to have the cheque cleared before agreeing - we know the ECB has the money in the bank anyway.
So many aspects unknown.
Will it follow the Women's Super League allocation or will there be bidding?
Will the ECB release the likes of Buttler, Root, Stokes, Hales and other centrally contracted players?
Will they release them en masse or pick and choose as they currently do?
I can only think of one guaranteed aspect:
If the 2018 schedule doesn't work, Messrs Graves, Harrison and Strauss will change it for 2020 and then after a survey in 2019/2020 they change it again because the survey suggested something untried which was different.