a similar discussion took place on TMS with Victor I think it was where he was saying that he was surprised that people would travel from Somerset to Essex to watch just a 20 over game, then the other commentator, possibly Dagnal, pointed out that football fans have been doing it for years, so why wouldn't cricket fans travel for a T20. So, although I agree a 50 over game represents value for money and hopefully a full game, so does T20, which for me is a far superior format, so no room in my cricket calendar for 50 over cricket. Although, to totally contradict myself I am going to the Caridff ODI.. so go figure!
by dave8/24/2016 9:18:01 AM
I do prefer ODIs to T20s, but even I recognise the value of the shortest format.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:18:56 AM
Personally I like the day out, hopefully sit in the sun and have a couple of drinks maybe watch some of the crowd build a snake/banter with the stewards in the second innings (that's northern fans for you). There is enough going on to keep my causal Cricket fan friends interested, and I can sell them on the day out. I don't find international T20 to be great value I looked at the one at OT and it was the same price as a day at the Test.
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:27:23 AM
Glad the days of 7 game series appear to be over, 5 is probably the maximum but tiered structure came in with the incentive for three match series that would be ok. 3 Tests, 3 ODI, 3 T20s.
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:29:50 AM
What ho everyone...
by Haystack_Jnr8/24/2016 9:34:56 AM
Five remains too many for me. Unless they came before a five-Test series as a kind of amuse-bouche. I wouldn't object to a five-T20 series, could probably take place in < ten days and be out of the way quickly, but five-ODI series drag on and in many cases are bereft of excitement.
And when that series takes the place of what would have been a deciding Test in a very exciting Test series, it's shown up for what it is - that is to say, a way of removing one's urine.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:35:06 AM
What ho Haystack.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:35:50 AM
You all seem to have forgotten the super series thingy or whatever it's called. The next five games are vital in deciding who wins the English summer. Personally I live and breathe for this sort of thing.
by Haystack_Jnr8/24/2016 9:36:45 AM
If there could have been some degree of flexibility - 'oh we've got a 2-2 tied series, let's lop off two ODIs' - then I'd be less irritated by the whole thing.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:37:16 AM
I do wonder if its why Root et al weren't rested
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:37:30 AM
StaggerBreaths - What do you do about ticket holders? Oh yeah you booked your tickets when we started selling them last year and have sorted the day off paid for trains and maybe even accommodation but we have cancelled that game for a test on the other side of the country.
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:40:27 AM
Travis Head is bowling for Australia, can totally see why they had to get him out of his Yorkshire deal
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:41:45 AM
Fair point Nick, I imagine you could do refunds or replace them with tickets to days of the Test but it'd be an administratorial nightmare. Much better to have started off with five Tests and three ODIs instead.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:42:41 AM
Nick, you say 'bowling'...
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:43:34 AM
Lovely lovely pies. Went for 20.
by StaggerBreaths8/24/2016 9:43:51 AM
Its easy to say after the series there should have been more Tests but you don't know how tourist are going to play, a shorter series would have been better for India in 2014
by nickcricket8/24/2016 9:45:55 AM
Don't forget there is a single T20I on 7 Sept to sign off the international season.