ECB warms to Twenty20 SuperLeague

on April 25, 2008 by Administrator

Cricket is changing. It is becoming glitzier and its becoming shorter. The IPL has led the way and now the ECB and ready to follow suit.

Rumours have been bubbling away under the surface for the past couple of weeks or so. Since the launch of the brand new Indian Premier League, cricket chiefs in the UK have been kicking themselves wondering how they let the IPL launch first.

Twenty20 first came to fruition in the UK and was an immediate hit. The yearly Twenty20 cup has been a lifeline to the first-class counties bringing in much needed revenue in the height of the summer. Playing in front of full-houses, the players quickly learned to enjoy the game despite early misgivings from many.

The Australians had in general, long been against the shorter form of the game but have grown to enjoy it. Those opinions may have been swayed with a little bit of help thanks to the huge paycheques they are receiving for playing the game over in India, not that I’m a cynic or anything…

The main question is whether a huge new tournament can work here in the UK. They are unlikely to go up against the IPL so that means the tournament can only occur at the end of the domestic calendar.

The ICC really needs to keep an eye on the situation, Twenty20 is loved but so is Test cricket. They need to create two six-week windows to allow both competitions to go ahead, thus enabling the World’s top players to play without having to turn their backs on their country.

Cricket is at a crossroads and some traditionalists would say that it is in crisis. I wouldn’t go that far but there can’t be too many of these tournaments around the world, there just isn’t enough time and it would dilute those that are there if too many were held.

Also it is unlikely that all eighteen first-class counties would be involved as it seems as though they wouldn’t bring in the revenue. So does that mean that we’ll have teams from say London, Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Manchester et al competing?

There are so many questions to be asked but the future of cricket seems to be a very different place to the history of it.

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