You’re quite right. Partisan county cricket fans were primed to hate any proposal from the ECB once it became clear they were committed to city franchises.
I personally think separating the T20 ‘festival’ from the counties is a good thing on balance, simply because counties still get a share of the cash but the inevitable draft structure will protect county squads from being too badly distorted. This way the Manchester and Lancashire squads will be significantly different, so that Lancs and Durham may remain competitive in the other competitions.
I am also excited about the (unconfirmed) prospect of a draft. It’s mostly theatrics but I am a sucker for draft picks and it would cap the wages more effectively than the IPLs super-awkward ‘auction’, which I’m pretty sure no Englishman could get away with running.
As to fixture pile-up, I agree it hits attendance having an endless run of T20 games in one go. The ECB have essentially panicked about the weather and tried to do all they can to reassure broadcasters that games will take place. Problem is the height of English summer is less reliable for good weather than April and May these days.