June 19, 2012

English cricket

'Franchises won't boost T20 cricket in England'

Carlyle Laurie

Steve James, writing in the Daily Telegraph, says Sri Lanka’s offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s suggestion for a franchise based T20 competition in England, with fewer county teams participating, won’t be effective as county allegiances have been long determined, and therefore are not easily transferable.

I know it won’t work. Fewer counties might be desirable and so might fewer teams be just for Twenty20, but this is not the answer. Crowds will not flock. In British sport we don’t easily understand mergers and amalgamations. We are too feudal and parochial. Our allegiances are long determined, and therefore not easily transferable. We want our teams to remain linked to the closely-knit communities that their names represent, even if it has long been accepted that the players may come from elsewhere.

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