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If you set up franchises and attract the best players in the world to play in it then you will attract the fans. I'm sure a Birmingham franchise with a couple of top Indian players would attract in local Indian fans for example.

In other countries they don't have the same amount of county cricket teams - so if you set up Franchises where with multi millionaires owning them like IPL then where do they play ? T20 right now allows a lot of counties to get in much needed fundings - take that away from them and counties will struggle more than they do now. Traditional county fans wouldn't go near a "Birmingham team" if they were Worcester supports for example.

Couldn't they just keep finals day as it is even with franchises LP? 8 or 10 franchise teams with the top 4 qualifying for finals day. Did you go specifically because a particular team was there or just to watch exciting cricket? I suspect a lot of fans were neutrals having a day out and this would be enhanced if the top T20 players from around the world were involved.

We booked the tickets in the hope that Somerset would be there - a lot of county fans do that then either go or sell them on if their team didn't make it - yesterday was half full of neutrals with cricket clubs around the country using it as a day out and the other half from the counties at the comp

The Top players in the world play in the big T20 comps because they get paid a lot of money to do so - mainly because those "franchise" teams are owned by very rich people and they play in countries where thousands will pack the ground each week in glorious weather because their climate is perfect for it

In the UK we wouldn't sell out every game , where do the millionaire come from to "own" the teams - the counties would stick their fingers up at it because it takes revenue from them , our weather is ever changing even in the summer games are washed out , our game just isn't set up for the way the IPL or BigBash works and I'm glad - the T20 is great in this country - a few things need tweaking but they try to change things every year to try and attract bigger crowds and every year teams do get some very big players to come along for a month or so
 

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Massive score incoming in the ODI and Hales got a chance to break plenty of records, first up the Judges highest English ODI score of 167. Still 14 overs to go too lol
 

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Shame Hales is out but a great platform for the hitters Buttler and Morgan to launch an assault for the last 10 overs. I wonder if Hales' position in the team is still in question.
 

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Massive score incoming in the ODI and Hales got a chance to break plenty of records, first up the Judges highest English ODI score of 167. Still 14 overs to go too lol

Disappointed that the Judge's effort has been eclipsed bearing in mind that is almost a quarter of a century ago as it was a standout performance in a less destructive era for ODI cricket but that is some performance from Hales and England! Shame the World Cup is another 3 years away.
 
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