It’s the Big Bash Final today and there has, of course, been much talk across social and traditonal media about Twenty20 cricket in England.
As it’s Oscars season here’s a favourite scene from 1965’s best picture winner “A Man For All Seasons”
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!
I know this is silly, but I feel that whenever we attack the basic product of professional cricket in England and Wales by wanting it to completely change beyond all recognition, those arguing for change-at-all-costs are appear to be to myself as being akin to Will Roper.
The central point of discussion, as I wrote earlier in the year, has to be “what will grow the number of people playing the game” not “what tournament will look best.”
One other thing, all this talk about the format of English Twenty20 won’t matter a jot unless the ECB get England players to actually appear in the tournament regularly.