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Old 21st February 2018, 23:52   #1
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English domestic cricket in 2020

Whether we like it or not, the new t20 competition in 2020 will see another round of significant changes brought into English domestic cricket.

I've been taking a look at the calendar of 2020 and was wondering how best to fit all of these new competitions whilst trying to please as many people as possible.

Royal London One Day Cup - the least favourite of all the competitions, so why not play this at the beginning of the cricket season like in Australia. This could be played in its current format, condensed into a 4 week format commencing Saturday 16th April 2020, with the final being held at Trent Bridge on Sunday 10th May 2020.

Vitality T20 Blast - Immediately following the conclusion of the 50 over competition, the Blast gets underway, which is being reverted back to its 3 regional groups of 6, followed by quarter finals and finals day. The most popular option is the appointment to view, so most t20 games played on a Friday night, although some games at other times for TV purposes. About 10 weeks later, finals day is held on Sunday 19th July 2020.

New Franchise T20 Competition - 8 teams play 8 games each. 1 match a day, except for double headers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Competition can therefore be completed within 3 weeks. If it started straight after the Vitality T20 Blast, say Thursday 23rd July 2020, the final could be held on Sunday 16th August 2020.

Specsavers County Championship - the current 14 games a season setup can be maintained in this new format. The first 8 games would be played on weekdays in between the Vitality T20 Blast games. The first county championship match would be on Monday 18th May 2020. No more earlier starts to the season! After a quick break for the new t20 competition, the remaining 6 matches are played in August and September.

Question - what about the domestic players not involved with the new t20 competition? The ECB could run a quick FA cup style T20 competition for all minor counties together with the 18 first class counties second XI. 40 teams in 8 groups of 5. Everyone plays each other once in their group. Top two go through to the last 16, quarters finals, semi finals and the final. Competition would take no longer than the franchise competition and gives people at a local level something to cheer about.

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Old 22nd February 2018, 19:11   #2
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Question - what about the domestic players not involved with the new t20 competition? The ECB could run a quick FA cup style T20 competition for all minor counties together with the 18 first class counties second XI. 40 teams in 8 groups of 5. Everyone plays each other once in their group. Top two go through to the last 16, quarters finals, semi finals and the final. Competition would take no longer than the franchise competition and gives people at a local level something to cheer about.

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I think it has already been suggested if not decided that the franchise will coincide with the RL50. So players not earning megabucks after being drafted by the franchises will be playing with the remainder of their county squads and trialists in that competition. Presumably the county second teams will have a month off as everyone will be needed to play in the first team.
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Old 23rd February 2018, 09:18   #3
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Whether we like it or not, the new t20 competition in 2020 will see another round of significant changes brought into English domestic cricket.

I've been taking a look at the calendar of 2020 and was wondering how best to fit all of these new competitions whilst trying to please as many people as possible.

Royal London One Day Cup - the least favourite of all the competitions, so why not play this at the beginning of the cricket season like in Australia. This could be played in its current format, condensed into a 4 week format commencing Saturday 16th April 2020, with the final being held at Trent Bridge on Sunday 10th May 2020.

Vitality T20 Blast - Immediately following the conclusion of the 50 over competition, the Blast gets underway, which is being reverted back to its 3 regional groups of 6, followed by quarter finals and finals day. The most popular option is the appointment to view, so most t20 games played on a Friday night, although some games at other times for TV purposes. About 10 weeks later, finals day is held on Sunday 19th July 2020.

New Franchise T20 Competition - 8 teams play 8 games each. 1 match a day, except for double headers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Competition can therefore be completed within 3 weeks. If it started straight after the Vitality T20 Blast, say Thursday 23rd July 2020, the final could be held on Sunday 16th August 2020.

Specsavers County Championship - the current 14 games a season setup can be maintained in this new format. The first 8 games would be played on weekdays in between the Vitality T20 Blast games. The first county championship match would be on Monday 18th May 2020. No more earlier starts to the season! After a quick break for the new t20 competition, the remaining 6 matches are played in August and September.

Question - what about the domestic players not involved with the new t20 competition? The ECB could run a quick FA cup style T20 competition for all minor counties together with the 18 first class counties second XI. 40 teams in 8 groups of 5. Everyone plays each other once in their group. Top two go through to the last 16, quarters finals, semi finals and the final. Competition would take no longer than the franchise competition and gives people at a local level something to cheer about.

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Technically isn't the Championship the least favourite competition going by attendance?
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Old 23rd February 2018, 10:11   #4
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Technically isn't the Championship the least favourite competition going by attendance?
wouldn't that depend on how you present the statistics? Over the full four days of a championship match, I suspect a fair few spectators come through the gates in total.
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Old 23rd February 2018, 12:29   #5
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Interesting to note that rashid has said today that the schedule was one of the factors in his decision to have a white ball contract particularly noting that we isn't used or effective when county cricket is played in april and may as well as the fixture congestion.

Maybe the ECB should have a serious look at its 2020 plans now rather than wait until the last minute.
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Old 23rd February 2018, 13:28   #6
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Interesting to note that rashid has said today that the schedule was one of the factors in his decision to have a white ball contract particularly noting that we isn't used or effective when county cricket is played in april and may as well as the fixture congestion.

Maybe the ECB should have a serious look at its 2020 plans now rather than wait until the last minute.
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Interesting to note that rashid has said today that the schedule was one of the factors in his decision to have a white ball contract particularly noting that we isn't used or effective when county cricket is played in april and may as well as the fixture congestion.

Maybe the ECB should have a serious look at its 2020 plans now rather than wait until the last minute.
That should be a wake-up call for the ECB but methinks they wont really be that bothered.
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Old 24th February 2018, 20:19   #8
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They've already declared that the new T20 tournament will be played in a 38 day slot in July/August with the one day tournament running alongside it.
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