The Cricket World has reacted with curiosity and rebellion to a radically new proposal that was announced overnight.
English cricket is ready to get another format after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced plans for an eight team, 100-ball competition in pursuit of younger, family-oriented audiences.
Under the proposals unanimously supported by the ECB Board, each side would face 15 six-ball overs culminating in final 10 deliveries – 20 balls shorter than traditional T20 matches.
The latest format following experiments with 40, 50 and 60-over competitions, as well as four-day county championship matches and T20 competitions were presented to the county leader and top managers clubs and MCC on Thursday.
It is due to launch in 2020.
"This is a fresh and exciting idea that will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game," the ECB's CEO Tom Harrison said. "Our game has a history of innovation and we have a duty to look for future growth for the whole and the sustainability of the whole game."
The ECB members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new city-based competition last year with matches to be played in a five-week window in the middle of the English summer.
Surprisingly, there has been a lot of reaction to the message, with cricketers and the media sitting on both sides of the fence.
"I can not see the point"
England bowler Stuart Broad was one of the few positive voices that should be heard and told Sky Sports News: "I'm very optimistic, I love the fact that it is different from all other tournaments around the world – 15 six-ball overs and then the pressure of a 10-ball over to finish. "
Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan was definitely surprised by the news.
Writing for The Telegraph said Vaughan, although he understands why the powerbroker's pursuing the initiative, he would prefer more effort went into revamping test cricket, which he says is a decline in format.
"I always support innovative ideas and love to watch the game change. But we're tinkering with one day cricket all the time and we're not touching the one form of the game that has fallen in the last 15 years and it's Test cricket , "Vaughan wrote.
"We have not done anything to help. Why do we have new ideas and innovations for White Ball Cricket, but not Tests? It's a pity we do not see the same kind of energy that has been put on the market. "I'm sure we'll see great digital campaigns about the new competition, which will mean that Test Cricket is ignored further. Should we just accept Test cricket stays the same and dies very slowly? What a shame. "
Aussie Allround Roller James Faulkner said the competition could be" too funky. "
" Maybe stay too funky. I want to see them get franchise cricket up and drive first, "Faulkner told ESPN Cricinfo .
" I do not mind changing it … because 20-over cricket is now probably going beyond It should, but I just think that the franchisees are driving, make it support and shift from there. "
The former Indian seamer Ajit Agarkar was completely opposed to the proposal.
" I can not really see the point. Why? "Said Agarkar.
" I'm everything to try new things and never refuse anything unless you've tried it, but as Jimmy (Faulkner) said if your T20 competition has been successful … I don & # 39; Do not see any value in it. "
Other former players such as English fast bowlers Chris Tremlett and Alex Tudor shared Agarkar's view.
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The ABC statistician Ric Finlay said the upheaval was a "crush of cricket, while others – including those in the media – both condemned and mocked the changes."
Cricket is no longer on free tv in England and interest and participation has fallen. Marks accused the ECB of "prostituting the game" as it makes decisions to appease television stations.
"This is the ECB's staggering diffusion to the T20 cricket as it now exists that the board has selected a gimmicky imitation, "wrote Marks. " It seems that the ECB will do everything to satisfy broadcasters' whims and it includes introducing yet another format of the game that is already overloaded with matches with so many different durations. And it's wrong to call this a simplification.
"The ECB is now provoking on the knees of the television, even if it means prostituting the game."
Respective cricket writer George Dobell said that the biggest problem is not the abbreviation of the format but the fact that it is played under a window when County County Championship and limited overs competition in Britain will be compromised, which in turn will hurt England's competitiveness on the international scene.
"It's not the length of fighting that's the threat they are playing in a window that forces the 50-over-competition and / or the county championship – and as a result, England's international hold – to be compromised, "wrote Dobell for ESPN Cricinfo .
"It's the window that's the problem, not what's in it."
Dobell is also convinced that the radical change is in response to the cricket crisis that currently breaks England.
"What no one should doubt is the seriousness of the problems facing the game. This competition has been introduced to appeal to a new mass market colleague," wrote Dobell. "With little cricket in state schools or on free tv, the game's relevance in British society has been greatly reduced.
" Clubs folded; Membership is literally dying. Without the public's oxygen, the game has been suffocating for years. It's a crisis. Something had to be done. Scoreboards will probably count down from 100 deliveries, instead of giving details of over and round – it may be an innovation worth exploring. "