With no cricket on for the foreseeable future, The Cricketer.com has created an Esports cricket contest named the Ecricket Quarantine Cup, involving actual cricket players. A novel idea that will see 11 counties/players compete in a month long tournament.
All matches will be streamed live on Youtube to be enjoyed by all. Popular bookmakers will also be holding a range of markets for punters to bet on. Check out the video below promoting the event.
Who Are The Players/Teams?
Here’s the breakdown;
Tymal Mills – Sussex
Jaimie Porter – Essex
Mason Crane – Hampshire
Hassan Azad – Leicestershire
Imran Qayum – Kent
Tom Moores – Nottinghamshire
Sophia Dunkley – Surrey
Roman Walker – Glamorgan
Dan Mousley – Warwickshire
Ricardo Vasconcelos – Northamptonshire
George Hawkins – Gloucestershire
What’s The Schedule?
The Expected schedule is available from thecricketer.com website and can be downloaded as a file from a desktop computer in the form of a wall chart. We think it looks pretty neat!
What’s The Format?
The games will be played under T20 conditions on the popular console game Cricket 19. To make things fair all players will be playing from the same console – A PS4.
The actual tournament will be on a league basis consisting of two groups with each team battling off against each other. Once each team have played each other once, the top two from each group will then battle it out in a semi-final knockout round. The winners of the semi final matches will then face off in the final on May 12th for the prestigious title.
The draw has been made for the Groups and this was the end result;
Ecricket Quarantine Cup matches will be played at 7 pm on weekdays and at 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The exception here is the final, which is due to start at 4 pm.
Can I Bet On The Ecricket Quarantine Cup?
Yes, you can. A few bookmakers are offering odds on this event. This was the list of markets available;
- Individual match betting
- Outright tournament winner
- To reach semi-final
- Team to reach the final
- Group betting
When To Bet
All the players have been giving it the big one leading up to the tournament. If the action lives up to their ego, self-belief and confidence it should be a cracker.
As I am a big fan of cricket I will be having a few bets throughout the tournament. I’m going to hold out at the start and remain sceptical until I have at least seen the players play their first game.
This should give a good indication of who is the wizard on the console as well as on the cricket pitch. This will inevitably lead me to miss out on potential value odds at the beginning. However, I prefer this than to bet blindly.
Who Is Favourite To Win?
The tournament outright market is quite a tight one. Roman Walker and Glamorgan are out and out favourites leading up to the tournament at around 9/2. Sophia Dunkley, with Surrey, are ranked outsiders around 12/1.
- Glamorgan 9/2*
- Gloustershire and Warwickshire 15/2*
- Nottinghamshire 8/1*
- Kent, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Essex, Sussex and Hampshire 9/1*
- Surrey 12/1*
*Prices were correct at time of writing and are subject to change.
As you can see quite a few teams are bunched together around the 9/1 mark. Quite a level playing field apart from Glamorgan who seems to be fancied by the bookmakers.
Roman Walker has claimed that he has completed Grand Theft auto in just 2 weeks and has been showing good progress in his own personal career mode on Cricket 19. However, he has also stated he is not sure how he will handle the pressure of this newly created tournament style. This is another reason why I will be waiting until the second round of games before placing a bet.
All in all, this should be an exciting tournament for cricket and E-sports fans. All of the action can be viewed live from TheCricketer’s Youtube channel. It will also be shown live from some of the county cricket official channels too. Let us know on Twitter if you will be tuning in and tell us who you think will end up winning the tournament.