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Author Topic: The International Cricket Thread 2019+2020  (Read 164038 times)

Offline Chinchilla Bathhouse

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3465 on: September 15, 2019, 09:23:25 PM »
The way things are going they'll probably be on ITV2 and presented by Rylan.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3466 on: September 15, 2019, 09:27:39 PM »
I'm struggling to think of a worse idea for a competition in any sport than this 100 next season.

Gigantic waste of time which will only further hurt the county game and our test prospects.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3467 on: September 15, 2019, 09:38:18 PM »
The Hundred strikes me as being as much use to the county championship and England Test team as the Atari Soccer Sixes were to the League Championship and England football team in the 80s. I mean, Blues won it which shows how unlikely it was to impact the pinnacle of the game.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3468 on: September 15, 2019, 09:49:02 PM »
Didn't realise Channel 5 highlights are also ending....I like that team of Mark Nicholas, Vaughan and Sir Geo...... sorry Boycott.

I know BBC are showing the Hundred but who's showing the home test highlights from next year?

Whatever channel gets the highlights doesn't make that much difference, the same broadcasters tend to be employed again. As for the Hundred, it's just bloody mindedness from the ECB to persist in the face of such opposition from within the game. This summer has been a perfect example why it isn't needed.

Offline Chinchilla Bathhouse

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3469 on: September 15, 2019, 09:55:49 PM »
I'm struggling to conceive of anything that English cricket needs less right now than The Hundred. Blindfolds for batsmen maybe? Alcoholic drinks breaks?

Online Richard E

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3470 on: September 15, 2019, 10:23:38 PM »
I'm struggling to conceive of anything that English cricket needs less right now than The Hundred. Blindfolds for batsmen maybe? Alcoholic drinks breaks?

Bowling with live grenades?

Offline Chinchilla Bathhouse

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3471 on: September 15, 2019, 10:45:18 PM »
Kevin Friend umpiring.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3472 on: September 15, 2019, 11:10:50 PM »
Monkey Cricket?

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3473 on: September 15, 2019, 11:15:00 PM »
I'd definitely rather watch Monkey Cricket than The shitty Hundred.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3474 on: September 15, 2019, 11:49:22 PM »
The Hundred strikes me as being as much use to the county championship and England Test team as the Atari Soccer Sixes were to the League Championship and England football team in the 80s. I mean, Blues won it which shows how unlikely it was to impact the pinnacle of the game.

I think they've got review the domestic structure entirely and think the four day game has to be put at the forefront.  I can't see why the County Championship cannot run throughout the season on a Monday - Thursday basis.  That then gives weekends for the limited overs stuff.  The T20 fixtures seemed to be Friday night / Sunday afternoon double headers in the main this season (well for the Bears anyway) and that seemed to work quite well. 

The whole Hundred thing has to be scheduled at a time in the season when the top English players can play in it or I just don't see the point of adding it alongside the current T20 competition.  It seems a bit of a fudge really as the ECB clearly see this as the way they want to go, but then have to also allow the counties to keep their main attraction. 

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3475 on: September 16, 2019, 10:35:34 AM »
a few of us went to the Oval on Saturday - we booked the tickets last year and never expected a mid-September test to be played out in baking sun. Incredible. Ended up staggering round Vauxhall on Saturday night, shit faced

I also managed a Lunch meet up with our own Richard Whitehead ( he's an editor at Wisden so was there in a sober, professional capacity). He had some fantastic - and mainly unrepeatable - stories to tell. Although I've forgotten most of them now anyway

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3476 on: September 16, 2019, 11:03:11 AM »
I'd definitely rather watch Monkey Cricket than The shitty Hundred.

I'll watch it but I'm not happy about it. An unnecessary competition.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3477 on: September 16, 2019, 11:07:30 AM »
As for the Sky commentary set up for next year.

Ian Ward is the obvious heir to Gower's role, although I prefer Nick Knight.

Hopefully Mark Butcher will be promoted from the domestic coverage and that we'll see more of Kumar Sangakkara.

I know that he's not everyone's cup of tea, but I quite like Rob Key as well.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3478 on: September 16, 2019, 11:16:00 AM »
Sangakkara is great. Actually in every way. One of my favourite cricketers.

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Re: The International Cricket Thread 2019
« Reply #3479 on: September 16, 2019, 11:47:39 AM »
I don't particularly care that Gower and Botham are gone, replacing them won't be hard and there are plenty of decent options.

Holding is a massive loss, he's probably my favourite of the lot, clearly knows what he's talking about, has loads of great stories when the game goes quiet and has pretty much the perfect voice for a cricket commentator. He's been my favourite thing about watching cricket for years and I suspect he'll be impossible to properly replace.