Rarely do I stray from my primary subject on this blog but I’ve been… inspired to do so!
Cambridge have just defeated Oxford in the university boat race. This is a huge sporting event in our country. To participate requires immense skill and strength not to mention exhaustive training over a sustained period of time. I can’t help but think that the fact Cambridge had two-time Olympic gold medalist James Cracknell in their team however has somewhat compromised the integrity of the competition.
I have huge respect for Cracknell as an athlete and as someone who has faced immense challenges away from the river. He is currently studying for a masters and good on him for doing so. Had he assisted in training then fair enough but for him to be one quarter of a team is unsavoury and inappropriate in my opinion.
I could go on and make hypothetical comparisons and apply them to cricket but will pause here. I know it’s not cricket but it is my blog. I promise to return to the world’s premier sport come my next post!
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Here’s my Great Britian Olympic Cricket Team in full:
England: James Vince (C), Sam Billings (W), Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Scotland: Matthew Cross (W), Josh Davey, Calum MacLeod, Safyaan Sharif, Ireland: Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Wales: Aneurin Donald, Brad Wadlan, Jersey: Harrison Carlyon, Jonty Jenner, Guernsey: Matthew Stokes, Montserrat: Quinton Boatswain
Please let me know your thoughts on my squad and whether or not cricket should be at the Olympics at all…
T10 is a format of the game that has recently come to the fore, with even internationals such as Liam Plunkett participating in a T10 league in Sharjah.
T10 is cricket as we know it. It’s half a T20 (No really, it’s that simple!). What’s next? Five5? Anything that might get in the Olympics. Five5Beach, T10 on Ice, Rooftop KwikCricket!
But how about applying some completely different rules to T10? Take the following possibilities for example:
10 overs per side.
Each over is one batsman against one bowler.
The team that wins the toss chooses to bat or bowl first and…
… chooses which batsman or bowler will face the batsman or bowler from the opposition of their choice and in their order of preference.
At amateur level, one player v another per over could be good. At the highest level, maybe bowlers (And batsmen) could have two overs.
There are six deliveries regardless of whether or not the batsman is dismissed. For example: Over one could be Alex Hales against Dale Steyn and the score finishes 9-2. The next over could be Jason Roy against Imran Tahir and finishes 6-3 (Well bowled Imran!) and so England are 15-5 after two overs. They might finish 101-19 after 10 overs. South Africa would have to score 102 of course but how do we provide value to wickets? Are they just irrelevant, simply a dot ball or could it be that South Africa must reach 102 having lost no more than 19 wickets?
This is an idea in the early thought process of its evolution. There’s a few different ways you could go with it. Why not experiment and see what works best?