Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Pro's and Con's of a City Based T20 Competition starting in 2018

Lets be clear here, this competition is now going ahead, voted on 14th Sept 2016 by a huge 16-3 by the counties in favour of exploring the event further with a aim to start in 2018 to 2020 really more or less seals the deal unless things go catastrophically wrong. (Surrey Kent and Essex voted against ECB voted for, 19 votes in total cast)

It is also obvious looking at social media there is quite a resistance against the idea of a city based 8 team tournament over the month of July. (It has to be said that some of those that are against, are of course against white ball cricket and especially T20 anyway, so a certain amount of criticism is bound to exist) But what are the facts that we know so far, and what are the pro's and con's. 

Facts about the format

1. Teams will be draft pick, which means that all players are up for grabs and can play in any city. So Ben Stokes or any England star can play for any team.

2. The teams will play at the Test grounds in London X 2 Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Leeds.

3. The T20 Blast as it is known now will continue in it's present format.

4. Played over the month of July in addition to other domestic games


1. Each of the 18 counties will receive approx 1.5 Million per year when the TV rights are divided up. One or two of the counties right now Durham and Northants the obvious ones simply cannot turn this down. That probably cannot be stressed highly enough, this could well save them from going out of business.

2. Overseas players a lot more likely to sign up for the City based competition with only one month of commitment.

3. Some games to be shown on free to air TV

4. It might bring in some new Cricket supporters to watch live for the first time, this is debatable, but is possible.

5. Some of the younger county players getting more chance to play 1st Class Cricket.


1. Cricket supporters not keen to switch allegiance Will fans in Southampton for instance embrace the new team as well as Hampshire. Pretty unlikely to stop watching their county. 

2. Will for instance good Somerset cricket supporters that watch and live in Taunton travel to watch in Southampton or Cardiff, I think the answer is pretty unlikely. 

3. Expensive if you want to continue to watch your county and the new competition.

4. Weather never going to be as consistently good as Big Bash or IPL a poor July could be a disaster for the competition.

5. A watered down T20 Blast and County Championship while the new competition is being played

6. Less Championship games likely to be part of the overall package, likely to see attendances affected.

Some of the decisions to be made at next meetings.

1. Team Names

2. Team Colours

3. TV Rights and Free to Air

4. England players availability

5. Split of Money from TV rights

6. Number of overseas players

7. Fixtures

Edit - It looks now almost certain that because of the complexity of the present TV rights which finish in 2019 this competition is unlikely to start until 2020. 

1 comment:

  1. Prediction:

    The exact same fans will go to the exact same number of games at the exact same venues as before. Some will prefer to go to the new teams games because there are "bigger names playing" (perhaps), about the same number of people will prefer to go to the existing tournament for reasons of loyalty and tradition, but the majority of spectators won't really care and probably won't even know the difference. They're just there to enjoy a game of cricket in the sun with a beer and their mates/family. They don't really care who is playing and they don't really care who wins.