So across the 18 counties it means that on average 5-6 contracted players will not be available to counties during these 38 days of summer, where the RL50 at least will be run concurrently and possibly, unstated yet, a championship match or two. Test matches will also be scheduled, so England players will not be included in the bidding process for the city based sides. It is also probable that a fair proportion of the 18-36 contracted overseas players will be drafted by the city franchise set ups.
The larger county squads of 23-24 may well be able to cope with 5-6 of their best white ball players unavailable, plus their overseas player, plus any centrally contracted players. Maybe have 15-16 contracted players to choose from (less those with injuries).
It will be interesting to see how the smaller counties with squads of around 20 contracted players fair in the county games in this period. For instance, assuming that Northamptonshire continue as a succesful one day side in 2020 and beyond, how many players would they lose from their squad? Would they be able to continue to focus on white-ball cricket, given than their squad could be severly weakened for one of the two county white ball competitions.
How would the current Kent, Glamorgan or Northamptonshire squads manage?
The current Lancs side would probably be without Anderson, Hameed, Parry, Croft, Livingstone, McLaren, Junaid, Buttler, Brown maybe Davies, Clark, Lilley, Vilas leaving 11 fully contracted players.