- CA marketed it to within an inch of its life
- It had a first-year novelty factor
- Drawcards like Warne, Hayden etc probably won't play next year
- There is no window for the main 12 Aussie cricket stars...
...I think we should be careful not to overstate the popularity/appeal of it
That said, it's good to see CA doing something to attract new young fans to the game
As the article states, hopefully those young ones will stay with cricket
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I think you are well and truly missing the point of the article, or more probably just choosing to ignore it. I'll type slowly to help you out.
The point is whether the popularity of the Big Bash can be somehow transformed into support for other forms of the game, and increasing player numbers, not whether you just bung on more T20 competitions at other levels. You seem to be in the "it cannot be done so don't try" school, which is fine. I happen to think they should try, and if people have any other ideas about how they might go about it, then I'd like to hear them.
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I think we hit the all time peak in our district after the 2005 Ashes series. At that point there were, I think, 21 senior competitions in the district, most of them having eight teams, others with seven. Now there are 15, all bar four of which have seven teams. So there's been a substantial drop off here.
There's a real **** fight for grounds too, with the various football codes wanting to lengthen their seasons. The greedy bastards actually had their soccer GFs go into the first week of cricket this season, which meant there were eight forfeits in the first round of the various competitions. I know a number of the NSW associations are all pretty concerned with the way it's heading at the moment.
My club has 6 senior teams, 1x u10 & u11, 2x u12, 1x u13, 2x u14,u15,u17 - that's 15 sides. The biggest club here has 19 sides. There's 14 clubs. I think the population here is about 600k right now.
My point is if supporters and players want 20/20 cricket and its popular then why not give them 20/20. Why is it important to get people interested in 20/20 then try to get them do something they are not interested in.
Its not a matter of it "cannot be done so dont try", it a case of its been tried and dosent work so try something different. People dont go to sheild matches because the matches are boring and too long.
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What Benchy said about junior cricket is true. There's also the fact that kids' footy (whatever code) lasts about an hour. Even a T20 would last 2.5-3 hours. A lot of parents see that as a chore for whatever reason. Fmd, last week we practiced til six, and we had to hang around til 6.40 because one kid's mum was off at a school thing and just decided he'd be right to be baby sat theextra time.
Ideally you'd tell her not to bring him next week, but then the other kids are down a player and the team suffers. It's a right-royal pain in the arse tbh.
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well you monke...uh nvm
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