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August 9 2017 at 2:24 PM
Stu  (Login StuartRA)
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It seems a change of heart from the ECB re England players participating in the new T20 competition. (first para). They originally stated that the England players would not be available, now it seems there will be a seperate draft for the England players for the teams.

From the Times

"There may be very little Test cricket during August from 2020 so that England players can help to make the new eight-team T20 tournament a success. The ECB is aware that the best players need to be available for as much of the competition as possible to attract new audiences and fill stadiums.

The tournament will run from July 17 to August 23. When the draft schedule was circulated to county chiefs this year it was done so on the basis of seven Test matches a year and showed three Tests against Sri Lanka during that 38-day window. However, it is likely that particular series will contain only two Tests, which could be completed by August 4. If the one-day series were delayed until after August 25, England players could be available for at least half of the tournament, including the final.

As The Times revealed, the international summer schedule from 2020 will contain only six Test matches (and five in an Ashes year) as opposed to the current seven and it would, in theory, be possible to ensure that these were all played before the end of July or just into August. It would also ensure that all the large international grounds where the teams are likely to be based were available for most of the tournament.

All centrally-contracted England players will be allocated to one of the eight T20 teams via a draft separate to the main player draft.

The ECB’s major match group, headed by deputy chairman Ian Lovett, will decide over the winter on the allocations for Tests, ODIs and T20s for 2020 to 2024 as well as the locations of the teams in the new competition. The ECB will announce its decision next February. It will also review the schedule for 2019 to ensure England players have a chance to play red-ball cricket after the World Cup and before the Ashes."

This message has been edited by StuartRA on Aug 9, 2017 2:24 PM

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(Login Papag1)

Re: 2020

August 9 2017, 5:18 PM 

So in essence 20/20 city based garbage is more important than test matches in August, you couldn't make this up really if you tried.

Leg Glance
(Login legglance)

Re: 2020

August 9 2017, 6:56 PM 

The slippery slope just became much steeper.

Surely this is a material change to what the counties voted for and open to objection?

Gavin Gray
(Login yorkie1863)

Re: 2020

August 10 2017, 7:35 PM 

I thought the ECB stopped the England players playing for their counties because they played too much cricket and needed a rest...... But they are allowed to take part in this (censored) city 20/20 Mickey mouse competition. How does that make sense to the morons at the ECB.

I hope this city 20/20 fails completely. But it won't because idiots will pay to see this pathetic shadow of cricket.

(Login Martinh00)

Re: 2020

August 10 2017, 8:56 PM 

Does this mean that all England players will get a t20 gig regardless of T20 ability? Looking forward to seeing Hamed grind out 30 off 70 balls!

(Login WhiteroseDave)

Re: 2020

August 11 2017, 8:10 AM 

Just checked the long range forecast and it shows late July and all of August 2020 as heavy rain. Shame

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