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    T20 Blast has been criticised for its scattered scheduling
T20 Blast has been criticised for its scattered scheduling
A stunning sky over Southampton. Source: theguardian.com

T20 Blast has been criticised for its scattered scheduling

The upcoming T20 Blast matches are scheduled for Thursday at 6:15 pm and 6:30 pm, Friday at 6:30 pm (five matches), 7:00 pm (two matches), and 7:05 pm, Saturday at 4:30 pm, and Sunday at 2:30 pm (three matches), 3:00 pm, and 3:30 pm (two matches).

Samit Patel, a seasoned cricketer, reminisces about the early days of Twenty20 cricket and continues to play for Derbyshire, contributing significantly to their recent victory against Leicestershire. Patel's partnership with Wayne Madsen turned the match around with a stand of 102 runs in less than 10 overs.

While T20 cricket often delivers spectacular moments, close finishes have been relatively scarce, prompting suggestions for potential rule changes to enhance the excitement of the game's climax. Ideas include allowing the batting captain to call powerplay overs in play, permitting any bowler to deliver the final over, and allowing batters to retire and return later to boost the run rate.

One observation made during the Somerset vs. Essex match highlighted a trend in T20 cricket where crowds tend to support only one team, creating a less engaging atmosphere for neutral spectators. Meanwhile, Jamie Smith's exceptional performance for Surrey, which includes hitting 17 sixes in the tournament, has earned him praise and raised expectations for his future in international cricket.

In a recent match between Birmingham and Nottinghamshire, Birmingham's spinners displayed remarkable skill and nerve, contributing to their opponent's collapse, despite Nottinghamshire's formidable batting lineup.

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