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Old 26th June 2017, 12:23   #1741
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Think submissions of the TV tenders closed at noon today?

Before the season is out English cricket is going to be rolling in money like never before, because according to the tender document 10 per cent of the sums are payable upfront on award of the contracts. So we don't have to wait until 2020 : the cash is going to start rolling in this summer.
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Old 26th June 2017, 13:01   #1742
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Before the season is out English cricket is going to be rolling in money like never before, because according to the tender document 10 per cent of the sums are payable upfront on award of the contracts. So we don't have to wait until 2020 : the cash is going to start rolling in this summer.
Just a pity that there's so little cricket to watch on a summer's day any more.
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Old 26th June 2017, 16:23   #1743
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The opening session of the day/night county cricket is certainly interesting (or farcical depending on your viewpoint).

Wickets tumbling everywhere although Duckett has managed to get an 89 ball century (can't call it a century before lunch though).

If anyone hears a loud rumble of thunder it will actually be WG Grace turning in his grave.
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Old 27th June 2017, 10:38   #1744
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Just a pity that there's so little cricket to watch on a summer's day any more.
No county cricket at all last weekend, so why is this weeks' round of matches starting on a Monday? It could easily have started at least one day earlier.

The previous weekend the only county match was one of the 50 overs cup semi finals on the Saturday, which could easily have been played on the Friday like the other one.
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Old 27th June 2017, 10:57   #1745
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No county cricket at all last weekend, so why is this weeks' round of matches starting on a Monday? It could easily have started at least one day earlier.
I am 99% sure that originally it was penned in to do so. Then with the eleventh hour initiative to make them day-night games, it was decided it was more suitable to hold the matches on "working"/weekdays.

That is almost certainly why the last day also clashes with the start of a Lions game v South Africa - the matches for the tour having already been arranged.
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Old 27th June 2017, 12:15   #1746
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That is almost certainly why the last day also clashes with the start of a Lions game v South Africa - the matches for the tour having already been arranged.
So does this mean the Lions players are going to be pulled out of the CC matches halfway through? Most of the players from last week's Lions team seem to be appearing in the current matches.
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Old 27th June 2017, 12:17   #1747
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So does this mean the Lions players are going to be pulled out of the CC matches halfway through? Most of the players from last week's Lions team seem to be appearing in the current matches.
Unfortunately yes.
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Old 27th June 2017, 12:27   #1748
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Unfortunately yes.
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Old 22nd August 2017, 09:17   #1749
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I read in the Cricket Paper that Vikram Banerjee is now Head of Strategy at the ECB.

I very much hope he will be a positive influence. He says he is a "massive advocate of the MCC Universities system".
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Old 22nd August 2017, 10:40   #1750
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I read in the Cricket Paper that Vikram Banerjee is now Head of Strategy at the ECB.

I very much hope he will be a positive influence. He says he is a "massive advocate of the MCC Universities system".
How many of the England debuts in the last five years have come through that route? 10%?

Surely it's not that much of a succesful route to the professional game, let alone national representation? When you think 90 probably play for the 6 universities each year.

More of a success in encouraging would-be professionals to fulfill their education first?
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Old 22nd August 2017, 11:48   #1751
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WTF is a 'head of strategy'? Sounds like one of those invented management positions where the incumbent has two options: total inactivity, or sheer vandalism.
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Old 22nd August 2017, 13:19   #1752
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I read in the Cricket Paper that Vikram Banerjee is now Head of Strategy at the ECB.

I very much hope he will be a positive influence. He says he is a "massive advocate of the MCC Universities system".
He's a very smart guy with degrees from Cambridge and from Harvard Business School. Used to play for Glos.

He's been in the post for six months and the ECB headhunted him from Premier Inns, where he was strategy manager.

The professional calibre of the management at the ECB is presently higher than it ever has been in the history of the game.
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Old 30th August 2017, 11:28   #1753
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This is a development that is most interesting. Will be particularly interesting to see what Hampshire do (assuming the Egregious Bowl is used) as they havent bothered with outgrounds for some time now.
(Quote from the Spectating thread, but don't want to clog that up with this discussion).

Information from a Q&A with members at Surrey confirms the current plan that that the 50 over cup will be played during the City T20.

The interesting part being that it was stated that all all these 50 over cup games for Surrey likely to be at Guildford.

One would think that other host grounds will follow suit and have to play their 50 over games away from their HQ.
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Old 30th August 2017, 20:43   #1754
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(Quote from the Spectating thread, but don't want to clog that up with this discussion).

Information from a Q&A with members at Surrey confirms the current plan that that the 50 over cup will be played during the City T20.

The interesting part being that it was stated that all all these 50 over cup games for Surrey likely to be at Guildford.

One would think that other host grounds will follow suit and have to play their 50 over games away from their HQ.
Do they know they will get a franchise team?
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Old 5th September 2017, 14:21   #1755
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So we now have the first dates for the 2018 domestic seeason.

The 50 over cup final will be on June 30 - which is effectively the same weekend as this season.

That would suggest that the season will by and large follow exactly the same structure as this year. If that's the case the opening first-class matches will begin on Tuesday March 27 - which would be a new record early start, and the County Championship on Friday April 6th.

The notable change is that T20 Blast Finals Day is late - September 15. The issue is clear - the usual ridiculously overloaded England schedule means there are Tests on the weekend of September 1 and September 8. The weekend before is too early to get the tournament completed to Finals stage by then.

I suspect everything else will be broadly similar, with the Blast quarters around the same time but with a 3 week gap to Finals Day - unless they push them into the following week.
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Old 5th September 2017, 18:01   #1756
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Hope the weather's different on 15 September 2018 compared to 5 September 2017.
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Old 6th September 2017, 08:32   #1757
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Hope the weather's different on 15 September 2018 compared to 5 September 2017.
The average number of rainy days in Birmingham for August and September is the same.

But yes, it is late. But that's what happens when England cricket takes precedence over everything else, with England playing the same opponents 11 times between July 3 and September 11, and Australia visiting in the year before an Ashes series. The whole appeal of Australia coming is based on the very fact that it is only supposed to be every 4 years.
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The average number of rainy days in Birmingham for August and September is the same.

But yes, it is late. But that's what happens when England cricket takes precedence over everything else, with England playing the same opponents 11 times between July 3 and September 11, and Australia visiting in the year before an Ashes series. The whole appeal of Australia coming is based on the very fact that it is only supposed to be every 4 years.
Pretty sure Australia are touring for a limited overs series now because there won't be one after the 2019 Ashes? It's just splitting the tour into 2 parts.
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Pretty sure Australia are touring for a limited overs series now because there won't be one after the 2019 Ashes? It's just splitting the tour into 2 parts.
I see - thanks.

I think they need to stop using the term "tour" though. Now they just show up and cram as many internationals into as short a space of time as humanly possible, maybe with a 15-a-side "game" v Leicestershire 2s to warm-up with.

This is a tour:

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/AR...68/AUS_IN_ENG/
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Can anyone see a franchise taking legal advice over relegation? Or maybe the non-renewal of their franchise after the initial period?
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