T20 Finals day is upon us!
Oddly nestled into the schedule three weeks after the fourth and final Quarter-Final was played, one of Lancashire, Somerset, Sussex or Worcestershire will be crowned 2018 Vitality Blast champions later today in Birmingham.
One Stump Short provides a ‘pocket size’ preview of the day:
Whether you support the proposed new tournament or not, it is hard not to be flabbergasted by the way the ECB has handled the unveiling of ‘The Hundred’ during the past month.
English cricket’s governing body has lurched from one press conference to another, one ‘pivotal meeting’ to the next; leaving a trail of faces in palms and disbelieving shakes of the head in their wake.
Controversial from the get-go, domestic cricket has yet more threads to pull at when discussing this ‘bold’ new venture – with the dizzying way things unravel enough to send you mad if you let it.
Lets try and keep the madness at bay for a moment to address the key issues shall we:
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.