The 2017 County schedule is somewhat quirky. Almost everyone knew this heading in to the season, with dedicated blocks defined for red ball and white ball cricket (both 50-over and 20-over).
It hasn’t always been popular – with some fearing the County Championship has been further pushed to the margins – but even beyond this some scheduling decisions have been odd to say the least.
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Having registered his third century of the season on Sunday, Durham’s Keaton Jennings has demolished any lingering concerns there might have been that he was some sort of one season wonder.
But what happens next for the talented 24-year-old?
We discuss the results of this week’s key vote, which gave the ECB the green light to move ahead with a new city based T20 competition, Zafar Ansari’s decision to retire at just 25-years-old and the Royal London One Day Cup.
There’s also an attempt to dissect what looks set to be a highly competitive Champions Trophy tournament!
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ECB Chief Executive Office Tom Harrison used the term ‘leap of faith’ a little too often for some people’s liking when discussing the proposed changes to English domestic cricket during the past 18+ months.
Many were far from convinced the creation of a new T20 ‘super league’, based around city franchises, was right for the English game. But none the less Harrison, and the ECB, now have the green light to change the constitution and create this new tournament.
Softball has been inextricably linked with baseball since its invention in 1887 – even acting as the inspiration for one of The Simpsons’ best ever episodes.
Now the ECB seeks to change that; though it’s attempts at doing so might be considered a little clumsy at this point.