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  1. The word at the moment is that the 50 over tournament will be played in parallel with the new tournament but there's also been murmurs of playing a few championship games instead. We lost 2 championship games per team from the schedule last season without any increase in games in other formats so there's already a bit more room for manoeuvring than there was previously.
  2. Shouldn't necessarily be the be-all end-all but it's clearly what's deservedly a major focus in English cricket right now. I guess the argument would be that by retaining the old tournaments the existing audience is still getting what they are now. We can debate whether broadcasters should have such a large influence but unfortunately that's just the way modern cricket is. They input a huge proportion of the money nowadays although I'd guess the money isn't the focus with appeasing the BBC but instead the draw factor of getting cricket back on free to air TV. The suggestion seems to be to start the games around 18.30 and finish them up within about 2 and a half hours so something else can be broadcast from 21.00. There was an article going around recently with the average time of a t20 innings by country and the English t20 already had the lowest at something like 85 minutes (and there's run penalties in place for slow over rates). Given that it's safe to assume it would be a major struggle to reduce that by any kind of notable amount.
  3. Bit confused with it to begin with but can see why they've gone down that route if their primary aim is to get people into cricket that have had very little interest in it previously. In the end that type of market is not going to be particularly bothered if it's T20 or this odd T16.4 (I assume there's a slightly more catchy name in the working featuring 100 in there somewhere). Because of that if the loss of overs was vital to getting the games on free to air TV as the papers are suggesting then I think it's a worthy trade-off. Sure there'll be more details/decisions released soon which should make it all a bit clearer. Not sure I agree with @YCCCs belief that there shouldn't be any effort made to get new people into the games and we should continue to rely on families simply passing an interest for the game onto their kids. Participation numbers have been decreasing for a while now and if absolutely nothing is done that's only going to continue, some kind of efforts got to be made to stop that
  4. Axar Patel to play County; Will join Durham for 6 fixtures

    An England central contract covers and replaces a players county contract.
  5. Axar Patel to play County; Will join Durham for 6 fixtures

    The BCCI pay compensation to the ECB in order to make the players available (and I'm under the impression they only pay compensation for players available the entire tournament?), the ECB in turn make them available by temporarily letting them off from their contractual duties and therefore don't pay them for the work they had them contracted for. That would stand up perfectly fine under a legal challenge. One of the benefits of a players association is the collective bargaining power so a single player doesn't have to expose themself in order to challenge something like that. Also I believe I'm correct in thinking the 20% isn't taken from the players salary but instead on top of it?
  6. Axar Patel to play County; Will join Durham for 6 fixtures

    How dare the ECB claim back part of the salary of players who aren't playing in the competitions the ECB are paying them to play in...
  7. Ball Tampering by Aus ?

    Sucking on a sweet/mint and then rubbing your saliva on the ball is not ball tampering, rubbing the sweet/mint on the ball is.
  8. Ball Tampering by Aus ?

    We have?
  9. Stokes's batting is only getting better. We're playing an extra bowler compared to usual this game because of his lack of bowling fitness.
  10. "Friday's meeting was attended by BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, who is understood to have supported the ICC's position."
  11. Pujara to play County cricket for Yorkshire

    That's my point, with Ballance at 4 and Bairstow shortly after Root at 3 seems more likely with Pujara at 5.
  12. Pujara to play County cricket for Yorkshire

    With Root, Ballance and Bairstow all with the team early season I reckon Root could quite possibly bat at 3. The chances of Ballance getting an England call up this year are extremely low.
  13. IPL auction biased in favour of Aussie players?

    Root has actually played 9 T20 innings in India. He's scored 375 runs at an average of 53.57 with a strike rate of 128.86.
  14. IPL auction biased in favour of Aussie players?

    If a mediocre batsman averages 39.10 at a strike rate of 128.76 in T20Is there can't be many good batsmen around.
  15. You realise the ECB actually have stricter qualification rules in place than every other nation? By the ICC regulations Jofra Archer was available for the Ashes.

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