Is English cricket an exclusive sport?

“50 years from now, Britain will still be the country of long shadows on county (cricket) grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers, and – as George Orwell said – old maids bicycling to Holy Communion through the morning mist,” said former British Prime Minister John major in 1993. Interestingly, this was his vision of Britain in Europe. However, does his view of English county grounds reflecting the British character still resonate nearly 30 years on?

Comment: I’ve got 99 problems and now The Hundred adds one

The sun has set on an extraordinary summer for English cricket. However, with the recently-proposed Hundred competition – the ECB’s answer to glitzy T20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash – the move away from county cricket has the potential to alienate masses of loyal cricket fans.