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Cricket Writers podcast: Franchise cricket and Durham discussed

Who should replace Ben Stokes at Edgbaston?

City-based T20 cricket was up for discussion when Paul Allott and his Cricket Writers on TV panel met in Durham on Sunday morning.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday that the ECB were were working on a proposal for a four-week T20 competition to be played in the middle of summer, in addition to the NatWest T20 Blast.

Emma John (Observer), Stuart Rayner (The Chronicle) and cricket writer Stephen Brenkley shared their views on city cricket, which has proved successful in India and Australia with the IPL and Big Bash League respectively.

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Marcus Trescothick, Shane Warne and Rob discuss the possibility of city based cricket in England.

The inaugural Kia Women's Super League is played under a franchise system - Lancashire Thunder, Loughborough Lightning, Southern Vipers, Surrey Stars, Western Storm and Yorkshire Diamonds the teams involved.

Emma, Stuart and Stephen discussed the tournament, which kicked off on Saturday with Loughborough beating Yorkshire by 43 runs at Headingley, on Sunday's programme.

The panel also looked ahead to England's third Test against Pakistan at Edgbaston from Wednesday and pondered the question on everyone's lips - who should replace injured all-rounder Ben Stokes?

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Durham's future was also assessed following a week in which the cash-strapped county reached the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast but saw key batsman Mark Stoneman reveal he would join Surrey at the end of the 2016 campaign.

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