Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The long form of cricket under threat

Tomorrow is a make-or-break day for Glamorgan Cricket. It should not be. The players should have been committed to all forms of the game. However, it was decided some years back that the county should concentrate on the Twenty20 format. There were some near misses, but at last Glamorgan have reached a T20 Blast quarter-final. The return of Shaun Tait will help, but Yorkshire are a formidable side in one-day cricket this year. I wish Glamorgan luck.

I sat on the terrace last week and was depressed by the lack of will to win in the Royal London One-Day match against Hampshire, especially after the opposing captain made what should have been a tactical error in choosing to bat first on a field still affected by overnight rain. Scoring was initially slow with an outfield which became faster during the day, but Glamorgan helped to turn a moderate target into a challenging one by dropping three catches. I dread to think what Wilf Wooller would have said to the fielders concerned if he were alive today - Fergie's hair-dryer treatment was nothing compared to a Wooller dressing-down.

The talk on the terrace was of the move away from four-day cricket to city and regional franchises playing limited-overs matches on the lines of the Indian cricket league. Have the Glamorgan committee given up a long-term commitment to traditional county cricket in favour of promoting the Cardiff Taffies (or some such)? If four-day or even three-day cricket goes, then England and Wales as a force in test cricket will soon follow.

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