dirty leeds wrote:Bobbycollins wrote:I saw a bit on the BBC News Channel earlier about The Hundred. As some of the games are to be shown on the BBC, the item was more like a trailer than a news report. Anyway, apparently The Hundred is totally new and exciting with the batting side attempting "to score as many runs as possible", as compared to the old T20 format in which...?
Personally, I hope The Hundred dies in a ditch, as it steals players from county sides that have scouted and coached young talented players and there is no grass roots foundation. The only benefit might be to provide more coverage for the women's game, however as the essence is to hit the ball out of the ground as often as possible, that won't be happening unless the women's games are played within 50 yards of one boundary. T20 in England is largely played to packed crowds, albeit with an increasingly rowdy, beer-filled element, so I can't see the need for a second product. It will be interesting to see what happens once all the free ticket offers have expired.
Whilst I feel similar about this new form of bish-bosh, the big plus factor [or so they say] is that it brings the "exciting shorter game" to terrestrial TV and the hope is that will bring in the kids again to play/watch cricket.
[20/20 not being on terrestrial.]
Yeah, I know but the exciting shorter game will quickly dispense with setting a field to suit a bowler or to hamper a batsman; bowlers will stop bowling off their normal run and then the ECB will start introducing the new and exciting It's A Knock Out version, in which batsmen have to wear clowns' shoes and bowlers have to bowl one jelly per over. (should this be on the grumpy old man thread?)