As we trundle into a new year and decade, we revisit some of the club cricket themes that have been placed under the microscope in 2019.
The Club Debate, which kicks off Wisden Cricket Monthly‘s club cricket pages, addresses the key issues affecting grassroots cricket in the UK, canvassing opinion from the people that matter: the players and administrators who give their all for their respective clubs and leagues.
Club mergers, team selection, start times, playing formats and the future of village cricket are just some of the club cricket topics that have been examined during 2019 – vital components in club cricket’s overall feedback loop.
“Well, that’s the way I play”
“It did all sorts”
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) 19 December 2019
Grassroots cricket faces uncertain times, but with growing attention from the game’s ruling bodies, it is also a field of opportunity. With The Hundred on the horizon and the potential conversion of All Stars juniors into fully-fledged senior clubmen over the next five years, the game could experience a renaissance.
In addition to the Club Debates, you’ll also find this year’s articles for The Pitch, with each writer proposing their grand idea on how to improve club cricket.
The Club Debate: 2019
The Pitch: 2019
“Preparing a cricket pitch must be up there with managing the installation of an iPhone update as one of the most drawn-out, effort-intensive activities in modern life.”@Ed_Wisden has his say in the latest instalment of The Pitch. #clubcrickethttps://t.co/xPhWme3r2k
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) 6 September 2019
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