It's time to settle some of the burning issues floating around in the cricket world today. There's so much to talk about - Darrell and Inzy, Tendulkar v Lara, Simon Katich and the Ashes, and here we will put the arguments to rest once and for all with formal debating.
How it will work
Just post your interest in this thread, then wait to be allocated to a team for a debate.
Posters who register interest will be randomly allocated to a team, then the affirmative and negative teams will be selected in the good old traditional way of a coin toss.
Teams will decide who will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd speakers. Once teams have allocated their speakers the 1st speaker for the affirmative will begin proceedings, then followed by 1st speaker of the negative and so on.
Each argument must be at least 250 words in length and no more than 500 words. 300-350 words would be omptimum. (The word length will be reviewed after the first debate). Players will be deducted points for not reaching or going over the word limit.
Each argument must be relevant to the topic, so no gasbagging - keep it to the point! Points will be deducted for wailing on.
Each argument should be well referenced either referring to fellow cricketweb posters, cricket writers or cricket commentators.
Each argument should not contain offensive language or insults to other debators.
The rebuttal speaker (3rd speaker for each team) will not be allowed to bring in new information for their team, they can only rebut what has already been said by the previous 3 or 4 speakers. Penalties will occur for doing this.
Winning a debate
Your job is to convince other cricketweb members that your team is absolutely right, so they are the people you need to convince, so their decision will mean the world to you. After the debate is complete a new thread will be started and CW members will be able to vote on who they think will win. I will give a summary of my point of veiw and my thoughts which CW members may or may not choose to use when making their decision. I will only overturn a decision if I feel too much bias or thuggery has come into play.
As soon as we have 6 members interested the debating will begin.
If this catches on, I'll start one in off topic also debating matters other than cricket.