A rare chance to see the England stars
It’s one of the worst-kept secrets of cricket that fans of county cricket hardly ever get to see the England men in action because they hardly ever play domestic cricket at all.
Maybe James Anderson plays a few First Class games to keep his fitness up and some of the limited-overs players may occasionally turn out for a one-off game, but it’s rare.
Yes, we all get to see them on TV, but it’s not quite the same.
Nor do English fans often have the opportunity to go and watch a live England game because it would probably have to be staged in their home city for it to be practical.
Over the last week, fans got to see Test skipper Joe Root, ODI and T20 captain Eoin Morgan, superstar batters Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, the brilliant all-rounder that is Ben Stokes, the big-hitting Moeen Ali, spin king Adil Rashid and both Curran brothers: Sam and Tom. To name but a few.
Yes, most of those will soon report for England duty rather than carrying on playing in The Hundred. But the players can say they were a part of it and the fans can say they saw all the big England stars in action.
The overseas stars aren’t too bad, either
Yes, I know, I know.
It’s a shame that the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja won’t be playing there anytime soon, because the BCCI doesn’t want a serious rival to the IPL featuring Indian players.
And I also know that a few big names like Glenn Maxwell, Sandeep Lamichhane and Faf du Plessis were meant to play and didn’t as a result of international commitments, VISA issues and concussion respectively.
But let’s look at who is playing.
London Spirit’s Mohammad Amir is one of the world’s best white-ball bowlers. Rashid Khan of the Trent Rockets was recently voted the best T20 player of the decade.
Carlos Brathwaite of the Manchester Originals smashed four sixes in a row to win a T20 World Cup final.
The Southern Brave’s Quinton de Kock is arguably the best T20 opener in the world.
You get the picture.