You’ve probably heard by now, after featuring in 103 first class games, over the course of 11 years, Harry Gurney has gone white-ball only.
Having helped Nottinghamshire win the T20 Blast in 2017 – taking 4-17 in the Final – and Melbourne Renegades win the BBL this winter, the 32-year-old plans to focus on the games most popular format.
Some have got themselves in a spin over his decision.
Oft seen as the biggest T20 tournament in the world, the IPL returns on Saturday, when 2018 winners Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore.
If you were looking forward to watching the tournament on Sky Sports again, as part of the multi-year deal they announced in March 2018, think again – because they’re not showing it this year.
Ranked number 1 in the world, and playing in their own back yard, England are understandably considered favourites for the upcoming World Cup.
Success is far from guaranteed however, and having fallen short during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, getting the balance right in the 15-man squad could be vital to the chances of success for Eoin Morgan’s side.
Whilst a significant portion of the squad ‘picks itself’ at this point, there are still two, or perhaps three, positions open for discussion, and a number of possible solutions by which to fill them.
With the confirmation that Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands have come together to form a new, six-team competition, beginning in August this year, one cannot help but marvel at the fact that, yet again, the rest of the cricketing world continues to see T20 as the gateway to a better tomorrow while the ECB continues to try and milk a duck.
May 30th 1996 – It is cold, it is grey and Nottinghamshire are preparing to face Durham at Trent Bridge.
Despite the overcast conditions, the prospect of seeing Notts cult hero Chris Cairns (this long before the match fixing allegations and subsequent court cases) take on ‘swashbuckling’ West Indian opener Sherwin Campbell – who had scored a career best 208 in a Test match against New Zealand the month before – was a mouth watering proposition for a 12-year-old me.
Were I to pen a letter to my younger-self, I’d tell me not to bother…