As recently as the early 2000s, cricket was a sport that always trundled along at a leisurely pace. It was characterised by hazy summer afternoons, lily-white outfits and frequent tea breaks. Since 2003, this perception of the sport has been turned on its head by the official introduction of the Twenty20 format. Suddenly, international matches can have fluorescent pink equipment, fireworks for every wicket and even cheerleaders, thanks to the phenomenal commercial success of the limited overs game.

Our panel, featuring Rob Bagchi, David Hopps, Huw Turbervill , Tim Wigmore and event chair Nick Ahad, will explore T20’s past, present and future, starting with village cricket, moving up to the international ranks and eventually forming entirely new franchises such as the Indian Premier League and Big Bash. They will also attempt to answer the all-important question: will T20 kill test cricket?

About The Speakers

Rob Bagchi

Rob Bagchi was born and brought up in Wakefield, worked for Sportspages in Manchester and London for a decade, moved to the sports desk at the Guardian for 11 years and has been writing on cricket and football for The Daily Telegraph since 2013. He has co-written four books and contributes to The Cricketer.

David Hopps

David has worked in journalism, predominantly but not exclusively as a cricket writer for 35 years, including spells at the Yorkshire Post, The Guardian (which he still regards as his spiritual home) and, since 2011, ESPNcricinfo, where he served as UK editor before stepping back from that role in search of a saner existence.

Huw Turbervill

Huw Turbervill is managing editor of The Cricketer magazine (and writer) after 15 years on Telegraph Sport. He has also written on cricket for the Daily Express, Daily Mail, East Anglian Daily Times and the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He is the author of The Toughest Tour: The Ashes Away Series Since the War.

Tim Wigmore

Tim Wigmore writes on cricket for ESPNCricinfo, The New York Times and The Economist, among others. He is a former winner of the CMJ Young Cricket Journalist of the Year and the co-author of Second XI: Cricket in its Outposts.

About The Chair

Nick Ahad

Nick is a writer for screen and stage and a BBC radio presenter. He has written for Emmerdale and a number of his plays have toured the North. In 2004 he was appointed Arts Editor for Yorkshire Post. His book Runs on the Board, published in 2013, is based on a summer Nick spent interviewing cricketers who continue to play the game over the age of 50. He’s scored two centuries for his beloved Airedale Cricket Club.