A Tweet from the Breezair SA Sorpions reminds us that although we will have a T20 Women’s Big Bash next season in Australia, contested between city-based-franchises, One Day cricket will still it seems be contested by the old state teams.
This is, in a word, crazy!
We already have a situation in The Other Game, where the top players play for umpteen different sides over the course of a season; but just because it happens in men’s cricket, that doesn’t make it necessarily a good idea. It is confusing and alienating for fans, especially the casual ones our game really needs to reach out to, when their favourite stars are playing together in the same uniforms one day, and against each other in opposing colours the next.
Word is that the ECB’s plan for franchises in England will cover both One Day and T20 cricket; and if so, this is definitely the right decision – it is clearer for the fans, easier for the media (who, lest we forget, are also coming new to the concept of women’s domestic cricket), and also preferable for the players, who tend to perform better as a team when they really know their team-mates.
But what do you think? Have your say below!