If you could choose any format for your cricket, what would it be? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
One of the great things, and one of the frustrating things, about our game is flexibility. The professionals play up to five days. Even at lower levels we can easily play two day, limited over and Twenty20.
We all have our preferences for playing, coaching and watching formats, but today I want to know something different. I want to know what structure is best for your level as a coach or player. So, leave a comment and reveal your thinking.
Maybe you feel lower levels should reflect the professional game as much a possible. Or perhaps you place more importance on participation and retention of players. You might argue it's easy to do both.
Whatever your goals, how does this translate to the league that you play?
- Format: Limited over, draw cricket, single or double innings?
- Length: 20, 40, 50 overs per innings, or more?
- Special Rules: Field restrictions, bouncers, over limits, young player restrictions, overseas players?
I play and coach club cricket in the UK, and around this time of year the league asks for changes in the rules from clubs. As usual, we are discussing what we feel is best for our club. Here is what I would like to see to keep players in the game while also producing good games of cricket:
I feel with so many young players falling out of the game, the format needs to reflect the reality that time is at a premium. For that reason I would switch to 40 over limited overs with an outright winner. An early finish is essential.
To make sure everyone got a better chance of a game I would have a 10 over limit on bowlers with the option of one bowler allowed to bowl 12.
This certainly is not right for everyone. So leave a comment and tell me what works for your situation. Maybe we can help make it happen!