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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The maiden episode of the One Stump Short Podcast looks at some of the impressive performances from some of the young cricketers featuring in this year’s One Day Cup, Jason Gillespie’s view on dairies and the Third Test between England and Sri Lanka.
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While the old Sunday League provided an introduction to live cricket when I was a young boy, my relationship with the longer formats of one day cricket has somewhat wained in recent years.
Twenty20 provided a bombastic, easy to swallow version of the game. County and Test cricket provided the purest form. All of my needs were fulfilled and 50 over cricket left me somewhat cold as a result.
Perhaps it was the seemingly endless ODIs, each of which felt more meaningless than the last. Or maybe the relative inaccessibility of the One Day Cup, with Tuesday games incompatible with a day job and a 90-minute drive to the nearest County ground.
But I must confess, in the last 72-hours things have begun to change.
A reduction in the number of County Championship games may have moved a step closer; a change which is deeply unpopular.
Following lengthy discussions with the ECB, it appears the county chairmen have agreed, in principle, to a number of proposals outlined by the game’s governing body during the meeting at Lord’s yesterday afternoon.
For many, the news served not only as further examples of the pig headedness and questionable handling of the domestic game from the ECB, but also raised concerns over whether the County chairman are really representing the interests of their members.