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The IPL was followed by the World Twenty20 and now we have the Friends Provident t20 upon us. How do you avoid viewer-burnout for this format?

Alex Bowden

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Surrey's Andrew Symonds sits dejected on the bench as his side slid to another defeat, Surrey v Gloucestershire, FP t20, The Oval, June 8, 2010
Andrew Symonds despairs over the legacy cricket is leaving future generations © PA Photos
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Arrange for a friend to take a watering can and pour water against your window for the three-and-a-half days leading up to each match. This will allow you to pretend it's a rain-shortened contrived finish that's been agreed upon by the respective captains in a county game.

Pretend that it's the mad dash for County Championship bonus points that sometimes takes place as a first innings approaches 110 overs.

Try and identify young players who are likely to do well in the County Championship and ultimately Test cricket. Any bowler getting repeatedly carted for sixes is probably keeping a good line and length, with deliveries that would hit the top of off stump. Any batsman with a ludicrously poor strike rate has the mental strength to withstand hostile crowd response when unveiling his full repertoire of leaves and defensive strokes and is sure to do well in the Ashes.

Tell yourself it's a Test match and explain away the heady scoring rate and rapid fall of wickets by pretending that Pakistan are involved.

With 151 matches scheduled in the Friends Provident t20, there's no shortage of cricket - it just needs dividing up differently. While following your team in the competition, track their cumulative score. Once every 384 overs, you will get a "result" for what would have been a first-class match. The results will make little sense, but if you pretend that it's the County Championship, you won't notice the difference.

Only attend matches when the forecast is very, very bad indeed. All forms of cricket look the same when the players are in the clubhouse and the covers are on. The British skies are impervious to the march of progress.

Get a job as a cheerleader. You are contractually bound to maintain enthusiasm. Plus, you won't get bored of the action because you'll have your back to it most of the time.

Remember that England are actually good at this form of the game.

Get drunk.

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Posted by SWAMINATHAN on (June 13, 2010, 23:30 GMT)

pretend it was a test match involving Pakistan ...... stroke of genius .....

Posted by param on (June 11, 2010, 22:05 GMT)

this is an awesome piece especially the part where the batsman keeps on blocking and leavng length deliveries....english mentality in T20 or any form of the game really before KP/Kieswetter arrived.:)[focus on ashes, don't care abt the rest, then lose the ashes, loop to start] many ways can you add 1+1? i can think of infinite ways...(1+1),(0+2),(3+-1),(4+-2)...(2*1+3*1+2*-1+1*-1 ) , (2*sqrt(4)/2), can think even in terms of binary numbers or complex numbers..all of which will give the same result(i.e. 2) you see a lot of us come to page2 , to get afew laughs and view the different permutations and combs of 1+1:)..if you dont like it, then kindly stay away and refrain from negative commenting:)

Posted by isaac on (June 11, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

Ignore PGW81- This is a great piece! Made me laugh and gave me a few tips to enhance my T20 viewing :D

Posted by Hari on (June 11, 2010, 12:14 GMT)

Pretending it was a test match involving pakistan? LMAO..:D

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 11, 2010, 9:08 GMT)

@PGW81 - Why the hell do you keep coming back to this section anyway? Its a funny piece and t20 is absolute nonsense... no amount of making fun of and criticizing it will ever be enough.. Long live cricinfo! and Die non-believers Die lol ;)

Posted by Dummy4 on (June 11, 2010, 8:59 GMT)

I liked the two Gs. Get a job as a cheerleader and get drunk. What if we mix the two?

Posted by WODEHOUSE on (June 11, 2010, 8:38 GMT)

Cricinfo will suffer viewer burnout soon if it does not stop this muck appearing on page 2. Seeing crap in page 2 is as good as watching an overdose of T20. If T20 dies, so will cricinfo.... how many times will the same theme be repeated differently? How many ways can you add 1+1...If thinking that thi-friend-takes-watering-can-and-pours-water routine is funny, then FUN IS DEAD. HUMOUR HAS ALREADY DIED a sad death. Are you people like CHEERLEADERS (who are bound to maintain enthusiasm) who are contractually bound to maintain a stream of ROT ???? To each his own views. These views are mine. There will be many who will say they enjoy all this - the truth is that CRICINFO has come to be respected for quality and extensive coverage - the sad part is that PAGE 2 will soon be killing that image.....

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