Eight-team T20 competition proposed in England – English cricket is set to revolutionize itself by launching a new eight-team T20 competition in the domestic circuit. It’s format would very much be like other commercial cricket teams like IPL and BBL. The competition was breathed life into, when all the countries voted overwhelmingly for such a league, but the new tournament would be held back until 2020 to maximise television revenue.
The English and Wales cricket board, along with 18 other counties and the MCC concluding a meeting at Lord’s with an agreement that would be the end of more than 120 years of tradition.
The eight-team tournament, featuring new teams named after cities in Britain would be played in a window at the height of the summer. This will be the first professional domestic competition in England to not feature the counties.
Colin Graves, the board chairman, and its chief executive Tom Harrison,presented an option featuring new competition with teams based at eight Test match grounds as the only realistic choice out of the five choices proposed by the English and Wales Cricket Board for the future of T20.
Graves asked the counties present one by one if they were in favor of such a competition. It’s understood that only three counties- Surrey, Sussex and Kent refused the proposal. Reading the affirmative response by the other counties as a huge boost to his authority, the competition was brought to life. Now, he will have to provide more details to the counties before the next ECB meeting on Oct.1
Initially, it was decided to launch the tournament in 2018 but Sky Network owns the rights to English cricket till 2019 end, the idea would be delayed until 2020.
The Professional Cricketers’ Association was also present at this meeting. Although it was unable to vote, it will now be involved in talks with the ECB over player contracts.
The discussions include exact squad sizes. It’s estimated that, with only around 30 percent of professional cricketers currently playing county cricket likely to win a deal with one of the new teams.
The PCA will survey its members on the new proposals.Traditionally, players have been largely in favour of the introduction of a Big Bash style competition as it generates a lot of income.