Constant tampering ruining the one-day league in England?
I know this is probably suitable for the English Domestic Thread but I feel that maybe its worth a thread of its own.
The tampering with the format of the English Domestic Season has left me annoyed yet again. Itís made even worse due to me being a Durham fan and we scrapped all season to gain promotion and what do we have awaiting us? A crappy Pro40 league that seems nothing but something tacked on at the end of the season just for the sake it.
The CGT reforms have ruined the One Day season. Yes the cup is still important and still has prestige but it was so much better in the simple cup format of loose and youíre out. Now we have a horrible league format that will lead to many many nothing games when sides will have nothing at all to play for other than pride. Yes, it will give youngsters the chance to come in and prove their worth but this isnít what a cup should be about. A cup should be about every match meaning something, about a loss meaning elimination.
And the main loser in these reforms is the one-day league .Now we have a pathetic PRO40 league with a measly 8 games a seasonÖ.8 games??? It is hardly worth it. 40 overs is too few as well. What is the point in these reforms to the one-day league? I cant see any other than to make time for CGT and 20/20. The one day league has proved time and time again to be a thrilling, enjoyable and attractive game that whilst not a patch on the CC is still a good format of cricket. Now with only 40 overs and 8 games it hardly constitutes a season at all. Winning it would still be a huge achievement for any team and a proud one but even if my team won it I couldnít help feel a little annoyed. Basically itís just the group stages of the CGT without a final isnít it? Thatís darn annoying. Why have a CGT and NL which are virtually the same thing bar the promotion and relegation and different make ups?
And slap bang in the middle is 20/20. If it brings much needed money to clubs fair enough but when it starts effecting the rest of the domestic game I begin to rethink my support for it. Without 20/20 the 40 over league (or however many overs they have decide) would still have meant something and still be 16-18 games long.
So what do you think about the reforms for the present season?