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The ECB has announced the great success of the new Twenty20 Cup. This is a 20 overs a side game (11 players a side though) with field restrictions lasting for the first 6 overs. The games typically begin in the evening around 5 so that the crowds can have a gala time after office, school, house work etc. There is also other entertainment on offer such as a band playing music during fours/sixes, fall of wickets as well as food and drink (more of the latter) stalls. Overall, the idea being to get the younger generation who're more clued in to football to come and watch some good cricket and have fun too to round off the day.
It certainly has worked wonders for the image of cricket amongst a major section of the English public so far. Cricket, so far was considered to be a slow, dull game only watched by the privileged few and that football was the game for the masses. However Twenty20 is one of the efforts to dispell the notions. In terms of spectator numbers and enthusiasm as well as the attitude of the players, Twenty20 has been a major hit.
Yet Twenty20 fails two major tests from a cricketing point of view. Twenty20 is effectively nothing but the first 15 overs and last 10 overs of a typical oneday game shrunk into the first 6 overs and last half dozen overs.
I think a better alternative would have been to have 30 over a side contests. In that situation, bowlers and batsmen would have at least 15 overs (have 8 over fielding restrictions) before hell breaks loose. I read another idea somewhere to make bowler quotas 12 overs each rather than 10 as is the case currently. That is also a good idea, it'd mean that captains aren't forced to resort to part-time bowlers and their main bowlers can have more overs to have a go at batsmen.
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