On June 13 2003, Twenty20 cricket infiltrated the English First-Class game. In the seasons that have followed, we have come to know what attributes you need to succeed in this format. In tonight's season opener between Hampshire and Somerset at the Rose Bowl, players who are now known as Twenty20 specialists have been in action.
Spinners such as Murali Kartik and Imran Tahir can tie down the opposition's middle order and take vital wickets to slow up the run rate. Marcus Trescothick and Michael Lumb are both opening bats who can slog their team in to an unassailable lead, and Alfonso Thomas has a line and yorker length death bowling attack to compete with the very best.
But what about the players that retired before that inaugural tournament? Here we take a look at some of the players who were born to play Twenty20, but never got to show it.