England Cricket Board to launch city-based T20 competition
Updated - Sep 15, 2016 3:19 pm
After the NatWest T20 Blast, the England Cricket Board (ECB) is planning a major T20 tournament that will be a city-wise tournament, something that will be modeled on the Indian Premier League. The League structure is also expected to remain similar to the IPL with a new eight-team competition expected to be played.
Thus, after the Big Bash League, the Pakistan Super League, the IPL, the CPL and the BPL, England is set to join in with the proposal of having a domestic T20 series. The ECB is developing the T20 structure that will excite and attract fans from all over the globe. Colin Graves, the chairman of the ECB also went on to add that this would appeal to the younger fans in England.
ECB chairman Colin Graves said, “can excite new fans, attract the best players and fuel the future of the game, on and off the pitch.”
The England Cricket Board, however, must formally consider the proposal at its board meeting in mid-October. The eight-team tournament would run outside the current T20 Blast competition that involves all 18 counties.
Although England’s Test and ODI teams have done well in the recent past, it is the T20 international unit that has let them down in terms of performances and consistency. In spite of reaching the final in the World T20 in India earlier this year, it is safe to assume that flexibility is something that most certainly cannot be expected from a team of this caliber.
Graves also went on to reveal the simple fact that the British Media will be reporting from cities in England as opposed to counties. This is also expected to shake up the massive system of counties that has been present for over 200 years in the country. However, the NatWest T20 Blast will remain a part of the system.