County news May 2, 2012

England professionals demand IPL-style T20

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England's professional cricketers have overwhelmingly rejected the findings of the Morgan Report into the future of the first-class game and have called for the introduction of a high-profile Twenty20 tournament that can bear comparison with IPL.

The survey, conducted by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), reveals in detail for the first time the strength of opposition to the proposed shake-up.

The players show almost universal support for the retention of the 16-match Championship and calls for T20 to become a highly promoted tournament in the middle of the season - in the manner of the IPL - to maximise the chances of attracting some of the world's best players.

The PCA report concludes that the English game must: "Establish a high quality T20 competition which draws on experience from other T20 events worldwide, and balances the requirement for short-term financial return for the counties with the need to establish a sustainable T20 income stream.

"For that, we need a competition which has the potential to attract the best overseas players and maximises overseas broadcast interest. A significant increase in the prize money at stake is a critical element of that.

"The T20 competition has a crucial role to play, both from a cricketing perspective, and for county finances. From the point of view of the players, the limitations on their ability to play a full part in the IPL because of the overlap with the start of our season ... make it critical that our own T20 competition delivers adequate compensation in terms of excitement and reward.

"The question for T20 is not simply 'how many games can we squeeze in?' particularly given the dangers of putting quantity before quality, but 'how can we make our T20 competition as good as it can be?'

"In designing the optimal competition, we believe ECB must engage with players (including those who have played in the IPL, Champions League, and Big Bash), spectators, sponsors and broadcasters (both at home and overseas) to understand how best to create a successful competition, played in front of large crowds, and attracting a good TV audience."

But the desire for a high-profile T20 tournament comes alongside a desire to protect the integrity of the 16-match two-divisional Championship.

The report concludes: "The County Championship remains the priority, and this is a competition which must have full fixture symmetry and integrity. This is regarded by the players as more important than creating space in the schedule to allow our teams to compete in the Champions League, and this in turn is a higher priority than achieving further reductions in the amount of cricket played in the domestic season.

"We cannot support changes to our premier competition which are made to allow more room in the schedule for the other competitions ... We would further argue that the financial benefits claimed are (a) unproven, and (b) relatively small compared with the cricketing and commercial imperative of sustaining England's position as No. 1 Test playing nation."

As many as 91% of players regarded the Championship, often derided for its low crowds, as the most important tournament, with a similar number (87%) placing the Friends Life t20 as the second-most important competition. CB40 came a distant third, with the PCA calling for a "fundamental review" of how much 40 or 50-over cricket is played by the counties.

The players' views, which preliminary soundings conducted by ESPNcricinfo also suggest are shared by the bulk of spectators, place further pressure on the ECB to accept that the Morgan Report's solutions to the game's ills are not supported either by those who play or watch.

The exhaustive review, conducted by David Morgan, a former ECB chairman, was shelved by the ECB in March as the board decided instead to conduct further research throughout the 2012 season into the future of professional cricket in England.

Growing opposition to Morgan's recommendations, which included a reduction in Championship matches from 16 to 14, a return to 50-over cricket and 14 T20 matches, left the ECB board unable immediately to adopt a report that many senior officials still want to see become reality.

Morgan's proposal to play T20 cricket across much of the summer, on nights preferred by individual counties, was opposed by 77% of players polled who wanted the group stages to be played in a single block.

The PCA research was carried out online and involved 277 registered professionals, with a response rate of approximately 70%.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @Meety on (May 04 2012, 01:08 AM GMT) Can see where you're coming from but Somerset ran Mumbai (eventual winners) very close last year in the semis and beat another IPL side in the group stages. I thought one of the Aus teams (who Warner plays for) did pretty well too. Also if a team which qualified for CL felt understrength I reckon they would be entitled to add overseas strength for that tournament. The truth is that no team was truly out of their depth in last years CLT20 inc the T&T side which were full of home players and also this was played in India.

  • dariuscorny on May 4, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @ultimatewarrior i endorse ur thoughts but something shud be done between these obligations.i think ICC shud force boards to limit their t20 leagues to 20-25 days.other boards shud generate more revenues to contribute to the ICC this will pressurise BCCI

  • Meety on May 4, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @JG2704 - re: "star" players, the only problem with having two, is that it makes it tough to get anywhere in the Champions League as the IPL franchises have more (4?).

  • ultimatewarrior on May 3, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    There may be only 2 options: (1)Allow 3 months window in ICC FTP to organize IPL style T20 in each country at same time (2) Allow T20 in each country 1by1 throughout the year like jan-feb:big bash mar:bpl apr-may:ipl jun-jul:Epl aug-sep: safpl and so on with respective pros and cons...like option 1 will allow any player to play only in 1 or 2 leagues and option 2 will kill slowly other form of cricket and most of the players will become t20 players only leaving a big void in test and one day cricket as well as there will be no viewers in other than t20....

  • tusharkardile on May 3, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @JG2704 asked "which Pak players would be available for T20 in England" - I believe Amir is already in England, and so are a couple others. If more come for IstyleEPL, Im sure some of them will stay back in England. Also, others bashing IPL and at the same time complaining about IPL's doors being closed for Pakistani players or about mediocre Bangladeshi players warming the bench, don't you smell of double standards?

  • JG2704 on May 3, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (May 02 2012, 21:39 PM GMT) - I like your views there. I think 2 players is an ideal balance as you still get the star appeal but at the same time fans still feel they have an affinity with the team. I feel that IPL teams have more money that sense - maybe I'm a little annoyed because Somerset's Alf Thomas is out there (and unless he's injured) was not selected in the last PW game and yet Somerset are desperate to have a player of his calibre in their side. Out of interest do you know which Pak players would be available for T20 in England? I think I read that Ajmal was not available and I'm not sure about Afridi (if he'scontracted elsewhere) but what about Hafeez? Just that Somerset have lost Gayle and I like Hafeez

  • Tigg on May 3, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    The pros want it for the money. The fact is that the country just doesn't have the funds to produce the same sort of spectacle. Likewise a franchise system would fall flat because you lose the historical rivalries between counties.

  • on May 3, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    i dont think premier leagues damage cricket in fact having three format is the main disadvantage of the cricket and t20 is mainly affecting odi not test

  • Abaa on May 3, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Stark62: Really? The BPL came close to competing with the IPL? With what? Hardly any players even turned up! Funny how you forget about the BBL held in Australia which was definitely a quality tournament but still not as fantastic as the IPL

  • ultimatewarrior on May 3, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    If England Cricket board is unable to provide IPL-style T20 as demanded by England professionals they can atleast change their FTP and allow to earn English players contracts in IPL / Big Bash / BPL because English Players are also very competitive as any other Australian or South African players as we can see in the success of K Pietersen in IPL

  • JG2704 on May 4, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @Meety on (May 04 2012, 01:08 AM GMT) Can see where you're coming from but Somerset ran Mumbai (eventual winners) very close last year in the semis and beat another IPL side in the group stages. I thought one of the Aus teams (who Warner plays for) did pretty well too. Also if a team which qualified for CL felt understrength I reckon they would be entitled to add overseas strength for that tournament. The truth is that no team was truly out of their depth in last years CLT20 inc the T&T side which were full of home players and also this was played in India.

  • dariuscorny on May 4, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @ultimatewarrior i endorse ur thoughts but something shud be done between these obligations.i think ICC shud force boards to limit their t20 leagues to 20-25 days.other boards shud generate more revenues to contribute to the ICC this will pressurise BCCI

  • Meety on May 4, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    @JG2704 - re: "star" players, the only problem with having two, is that it makes it tough to get anywhere in the Champions League as the IPL franchises have more (4?).

  • ultimatewarrior on May 3, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    There may be only 2 options: (1)Allow 3 months window in ICC FTP to organize IPL style T20 in each country at same time (2) Allow T20 in each country 1by1 throughout the year like jan-feb:big bash mar:bpl apr-may:ipl jun-jul:Epl aug-sep: safpl and so on with respective pros and cons...like option 1 will allow any player to play only in 1 or 2 leagues and option 2 will kill slowly other form of cricket and most of the players will become t20 players only leaving a big void in test and one day cricket as well as there will be no viewers in other than t20....

  • tusharkardile on May 3, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @JG2704 asked "which Pak players would be available for T20 in England" - I believe Amir is already in England, and so are a couple others. If more come for IstyleEPL, Im sure some of them will stay back in England. Also, others bashing IPL and at the same time complaining about IPL's doors being closed for Pakistani players or about mediocre Bangladeshi players warming the bench, don't you smell of double standards?

  • JG2704 on May 3, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (May 02 2012, 21:39 PM GMT) - I like your views there. I think 2 players is an ideal balance as you still get the star appeal but at the same time fans still feel they have an affinity with the team. I feel that IPL teams have more money that sense - maybe I'm a little annoyed because Somerset's Alf Thomas is out there (and unless he's injured) was not selected in the last PW game and yet Somerset are desperate to have a player of his calibre in their side. Out of interest do you know which Pak players would be available for T20 in England? I think I read that Ajmal was not available and I'm not sure about Afridi (if he'scontracted elsewhere) but what about Hafeez? Just that Somerset have lost Gayle and I like Hafeez

  • Tigg on May 3, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    The pros want it for the money. The fact is that the country just doesn't have the funds to produce the same sort of spectacle. Likewise a franchise system would fall flat because you lose the historical rivalries between counties.

  • on May 3, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    i dont think premier leagues damage cricket in fact having three format is the main disadvantage of the cricket and t20 is mainly affecting odi not test

  • Abaa on May 3, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Stark62: Really? The BPL came close to competing with the IPL? With what? Hardly any players even turned up! Funny how you forget about the BBL held in Australia which was definitely a quality tournament but still not as fantastic as the IPL

  • ultimatewarrior on May 3, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    If England Cricket board is unable to provide IPL-style T20 as demanded by England professionals they can atleast change their FTP and allow to earn English players contracts in IPL / Big Bash / BPL because English Players are also very competitive as any other Australian or South African players as we can see in the success of K Pietersen in IPL

  • jmcilhinney on May 3, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    There have been a number of stories on ESPNCricInfo lately with sensationalistic headlines and this seems to be another. As several people have already pointed out, the facts relayed in the story actually don't support the assertion in the headline. The story indicates that the players want an overhaul of the domestic T20 competition. What it doesn't indicate is that they have "demanded" it or that it will necessarily be "IPL-style", whatever exactly that may mean. @Lord_Dravid, if that's what you really want to know then you might try reading the rest of the comments.

  • on May 2, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Are the English players out of their mind? The IPL is successful because is happens in India where there are hordes of people to shell out money to watch a white ball flying around meaninglessly. How many people would want to watch the same thing in England? Sure, there will be a larger crowd than for the County Championship but there won't be enough audience or investors give a paycheck matching the IPL. And India as usual won't allow it's players go overseas so they lose out on the biggest market as well. Time for Economics 101 for the likes of KP and pros!

  • ExplicitPlatinum on May 2, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    I don't think premier leagues ruin cricket. What ruins cricket is inviting TOO MANY overseas cricketers. I''m a Pak fan and I'm strongly supporting the move of the Pakistan premier league. Premier leagues should be viewed as being the premier league of the country and should compose of mostly domestic players with 1 or 2 star players in the team. I would say that 1 or 2 overseas cricketer should be in each team. Premier league's should be used to boost the confidence of domestic players, in order to look for talent. This would mean that talented domestic players will get a chance to shine the spotlight of the country. For example, England's friends life T20 is the perfect league for England. You can have Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad in one team, Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine in one team, Virender Sehwag and Manoj Tiwary in one team etc. We shouldn't criticise T20 too much. T20 should be played to an extenct that will not ruin a players form. T20 is cricket too.

  • David_Boon on May 2, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    England already have a T20 comp... the players just want IPL style money. Not going to happen.

  • JG2704 on May 2, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Don't really understand what is meant by IPL style T20? Does it mean spending more money on promoting the sport ,more overseas players per side? Personally I'm happy with the way our T20 game is structured. There is always a chance that more quality overseas players will attract more public interest but I believe that it is a massive investment gamble and I'm really not sure how much more interest it will achieve. IPL - no doubt about it - is a huge thing , but I'm guessing cricket is the number 1 sport in India , in England it's football and possibly not cricket as the 2nd most popular sport. I'm also happy with the way it might impact on our national side and my biggest concern is overkill. I'm not jealous of IPL at all although I'm not going to diss it either , if the weather is bad I might catch a game or 2. I'm just happy with the way things are and an IPL type even would require a huge cash outlay and to my mind it could be a costly misadventure

  • on May 2, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    The horse has already bolted and is currently grazing in India. Now if this had been introduced around about 2006 after the 2005 Ashes........

  • SirViv1973 on May 2, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Well the Morgan report was bad! the most important thing for all cricket lovers is that the 2 tier 16 match cship remains as it is. As 4 T20 I have always liked the idea of a franchised lge . However i'm just not sure it's feasible, the main problems are of course the weather, how many games would be lost to it ? release of Eng players, the ECB would likely have to loose a test match each summer to allow time in the sch 4 engs best players to feature(without which the comp is a non starter) r they really going to do that ? structure ? I think most would agree that there would 8 or 9 teams so we are then looking at either 7 - 8 games (not enough) or 14-16 (too many) and football, we have a major int championship during June/ear July every other year which is when this lge would have to be played will there be enough interest during these tournaments ? and of course the IPL, I dont c how Eng franchises would be able to compete financially with the money on offer from there

  • OldAdam on May 2, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Oh dear, oh dear! I suppose it was predictable that the players would be interested in ensuring that any changes result in more money for them but I wonder if they really understand that for many of us who love cricket, T20 is totally uninteresting. We already have to suffer several cricket-free weeks during the best part of the summer and it is disappointing that the players themselves can't recognise that spreading matches out over the whole of the season would ensure that both cricket lovers and T20 lovers would benefit. We don't need T20 in order to see the world's greatest players. These days we can watch them in test matches from around the world - unless, of course, they choose T20 over the real thing! And, for goodness sake, if there has to be a concentrated period of T20 only, please let it be county-based and don't let in the franchises. That would turn us off even more (if it were possible). Hate to say it but this is an issue for the English and the Welsh only, chaps

  • Technical-1 on May 2, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    The Old Colonials never want to change! The only thing remain constant is change! England likes o hold unto tradition like them sick Catholics that think they can save themselves by climbing Pennant stairs. Cricket is now a marketable business, stop treating the game like a card Game in Grandma's living room. Stupids.

    Devon L. Wilson Author of the: Sanctuary the Open Door.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 2, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    indian style IPL haha what have the english fans gotta say about that? :)

  • on May 2, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    9 teams, each team will be a property of 2 Counties. With equal share in each thing. In playing 11, in squad, in supporting staff, in profit & loss, without compromising quality players selection and management.

    Global premier league should be of existing teams in all Premier Leagues currently operating in Different cricketing nations.

  • on May 2, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    I enjoy watching T20, but I don't want to spend the whole of June watching it. If the Morgan review suggested spreading the tournament over the season then it was probably the most sensible point it made. A mid-season tournament is fine if you have 60-70 thousand fans per team clamouring for tickets. If you've only just got enough to fill the ground then you'll get half empty stadia as people won't come to all the matches. Surrey have 3 home games in a week this season, I won't be going to all of them. 5 home games, one every other week outside the football season, shift the live TV games from the others and make the England players available as much as possible. This is surely the best approach.

  • MrTom10 on May 2, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    So long as its a case of it replacing the current T20 tourney in England rather than a second one, I'm not worried, too much T20 damages technique and in turn the quality of the cricketers and players.

    That said I wouldn't mind the T20 been city based, but then again I'm form Leeds so we'd get Headingley XD

  • jonesy2 on May 2, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    dont they already have one with overseas players? oh no wait thats there test team. all seriousness though im pretty sure they do and andrew mcdonald was the player of the tournament last year

  • AKS286 on May 2, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    can anyone tell me that where is craig white, harmison , hoggard & simon jones ? they will play for eng in future or not? strauss is having problem while opening why not he bat in no. 3/4. will world class opener trescothick bats again for eng? odi & t20 is for trescothick.

  • spickandspan on May 2, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    "England professionals demand IPL-style T20" - No they didn't.

  • cricket_106 on May 2, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Encouraging news. Couldn't believe quite how bad the Morgan report was when the details of it emerged. This survey will put his misguided proposals to bed.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    KP was right on the money with his views and wishes for his team mates. He enthralled us in IPL. A no nonsense gem of a player and a no nonsense speaker. Can never hate him. Not for no reason the giant screen displayed - We will miss you KP. India loves KP. Wish he was playing for India. Love KP. And love the way the English pros want it. Go ahead dear Brits. You have full support from me. There will be some souls that will get bitter with your tournament. But let it succeed and you guys can have the last laugh just like how we Indians are having the last laugh now with the success of IPL. This is just so good for the players and their families. They need some good money. After all cricket career ends at 40 when most of us in other professions are at the peak of our earning powers. I'm very happy for the English players and their families if this idea succeeds. All the very best of luck to you all. Oh yes, this is coming from an ardent supporter of test cricket from India.

  • on May 2, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    India has a domestic T20 and the IPL, which is run NOT by the Ranji Teams but by franchises. The problem for counties is they may not wish to relinquish control of T20 cricket to private companies. The ECB is a servant of the counties and for the counties to sit back and usher in an "EPL" would indeed require a change of protectionist mindset.

    Unless the counties get compensated in some way from a franchise run EPL, then it might not happen.

    English cricket and the players deserve an EPL and can support one. Whether the administrators can remains to be seen.

  • on May 2, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Test cricket is not finished, it is still the best form of cricket. The county championship must stay the same and T20 will not get the crowds in this country and in the end is still an unsatisfactory game!!!!!!

  • on May 2, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Cricketing world needs a global T20 league, t20 WC wont do it, We need a Global T20 League, best place to start that kind of a league is england without a doubt, i'd love to have teams called Manchester united chelsa etc, those names would sell big all around the world,but im nt sure whether english cricket have smart enough people to organize this kind of a league, IPL will never become a global league , its dead in overseas already,

  • PutMarshyOn on May 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Sure. Then T10/5/0.000001. Turn cricket into baseball. Great.

  • on May 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Now you know why Kevin Petersen used the 'J' word when he did ! The heavens came crashing down when he spoke about England being jealous, but the truth is that it made absolute sense!!

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    T20 may be a good asset to build support for cricket in non-cricketing nations, but those who want to kill off Test cricket obviously lack the appreciation for all the nuances Test cricket brings. One has to have an understanding of the technique and skill involved in Test cricket to appreciate it, something the detractors of the game obviously don't have. Test cricket should always remain the pinnacle of cricket as the ultimate "test" of cricketers, but perhaps it will only remain so within the Test nations, while non-Test nations may grow through T20 and even 50 over formats. Killing Test cricket for the sake of T20 would be blunting the game. Market T20 around the world but not at the expense of Test cricket; that would be a mistake.

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Encouraging t20 at the stake of county cricket doesn't seem to be a good idea. Please dont. Just my opinion.

  • Munkeymomo on May 2, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    @Sheikh Washimul you certainly have some strong views on test cricket. T20 was not invented by the 'will' of the people, it's been played at club level in England (and most likely in a lot of other countries) since at least the 70s and at professional (County) level since 2001. Throughout those periods test cricket has been very popular in England. Why are you moaning about tests anyway? You have the IPL to watch so just don't watch test cricket. 50 over cricket is the weakest (most boring) in my opinion.

  • landl47 on May 2, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Let me sum up T20 cricket this way: the other day, I turned on (for the first and only time this season) the IPL and the first thing I saw was Dhoni getting bowled playing a shot which, if I had played it as a schoolboy, would have seen me getting kicked off the team. His front foot was pointing to midwicket and he was down on one knee mowing across the line. T20 isn't cricket; batsmen slog, bowlers don't try to take wickets and fielders are scattered far and wide. Let those who don't like cricket watch the T20 games. I'm hoping that test and first-class cricket last until I'm no longer around to remember when skill, strategy, determination and courage were needed to play the best game in the world.

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Id be disappointed if the T20 became the only focus for the ECB. Were taking cricketers away from cricket. Also I find the format very boring after 10-12 matches.

  • on May 2, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I think cricket without test cricket would be incomplete for the guys playing the game. batting on a wicket like the Waca or Wanderes against a hostile bowling attack or in india on day 3,4 and 5 against quality spin. Not just closing your eyes and swinging on a flat track. 20/20 is maybe entertaining for the fans but what about the guys who want to play test cricket.Test cricket for me is as much entertaining to watch and interesting to see what the bowler is going to do to get the batter out. Not just bowl to keep the runs down.

  • samincolumbia on May 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    KP was RIGHT after all!! HAHA...

  • KingOwl on May 2, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    With all these T20's, where is the time for real cricket? By that, I mean international cricket. Cricket will end up being like any other sport where the clubs rule. It will be pathetic. Cricket's greatness comes from its history, the historical rivalry between nations, colonialism, etc. I mean it in a positive sense. There were conflicts in the past, there still are, and they give enormous context to the game. Take that away and it will mean nothing.

  • kam_uk on May 2, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    The ECB were working on a bigger T20 - remember the Stanford Super Series, that's was ECB's downfall. Now it's obviously time to make amends and take the bull by the horns and make a radical T20 league possibly forget the counties for the T20's and set up city teams instead eg London Lions, Birmingham Bulls, Manchester Mach etc. This should develop a renewed interest in the major and surrounding cities. The IPL is made up of cities which play at the state grounds. These teams should have unlimited overseas players like the football premiership or at least have a higher limit then 4 overseas players. England is vitually the only country which plays cricket during June- August so there will be plenty of work talent available.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @everyone T20 was invented by the will of the people since test and 50 over formats were losing popularity . With T20,cricket will become the biggest global sport, a position it has always aspired to become since its inception . I would want to see the TRP of EPL when IPL like T20 tournie takes off in UK. You have to be a masochist if you dont fall for T20's charm. ICC --make things short and exciting please. TEST cricket is finished and 50 over format is no longer as popular as before amidst the T20 storm!! Its upto ICC now ---globalize cricket with T20 so that it is played in all corners of the globe? Or make it go extinct with boredom of a jokefest like Test cricket? FYI , IPL draws a lot of viewers online from non cricket playing nations too and it will only get better

  • m0se on May 2, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    I would really love to see the ECB do an IPL style T20 cricket tournament. At the very least it will set some standards for commentary for such tournaments. While the cricket in the IPL has been terrific, everything else has been cringe-worthy. The audience behind 10ft walls of chicken-wire, bland VIPs, mind numbing and forced interviews, and organizers who are constantly worried that the frenzy will dip below everyone screaming their heads off level.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    ICC should abolish test format. Just because of test , cricket cant gain popularity in NA and EU. People joke about the 5 day game. What an embarrassment ..5 ***** days fora game ? With T20, cricket will surely gain popularity among unknown frontiers . Such an exciting format this T20 is!! Dont compare cricket to that borefest called baseball.T20 is the most exciting game in any form of sport. Westerners always follow the Brits. It is upto England to globalize cricket through a T20 format, which will attract big conglo like GSK, MS, APPLE and so on. ICC ---abolish both test and 50 over game . Bring on the T20!!

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    We hope to see these type of tournaments future, *England Premier League *Pakistan Premier League *Sri Lankan Premier League

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Tell England pro's to get rain sorted out before they put any such demands =P

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Yea it is good decision taken by ECB that this type of leagues like IPL,BPL and upcoming Pakistan Premier League is to improve the T20 career among players.But the drawback of these leagues reduces the interest of Test Matches both the players and crowd also.

  • RSBali on May 2, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    I do not understand the obsession with test cricket. Let's retire test cricket and move on to T20. The writing is on the wall; cricket stadiums all over the world are empty during test matches and packed to the rafters for T20. Leave 50 over cricket for World Cup.

  • on May 2, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I wouldn't mind seeing the end of 40-50 over cricket, but what must be protected at all costs is test cricket. Pay test cricketers more and educate those introduced to cricket by t20, on the virtues of the game's longest format so it can continue, and at a profit.

  • PrajithR on May 2, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Every one knew it .. . That ECB wanted IPL style tournament in England which they could telecast to INDIA & make money .... The constant whining against IPL from English media was Jealousy of losing the control of such a league to BCCI (Remember Shastri & KP) .... You would not hear a tenth of this whining when ECB rolls out its T20 .... Mark it out -- The tone of articles will suddenly change from "Devil Incarnate IPL" to "Oh! our Naughty boy ECB T20"

  • ed.dixon on May 2, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    I'd be interested to see a complete financial report for the IPL before reaching a conclusion on this. The key point for me is whether the IPL model is actually financially stable - ie does it work without the input from wealthy investors. The sceptic within me assumes not.

    Most of the UK county teams are in a fairly parlous financial position, so can the IPL model be adopted within the existing framework - without crippling the teams - or will the teams have to bring in significant outside investment and become subject to the whims of rampant commercialism.

    Or do the ECB go down the franchise route and cut out the counties entirely, thereby marginalising them still further and probably condemning some of the counties to an early shower.

    I don't know what the answer is, I assume that the counties can't afford to do it without significant investment, but where and how that comes from and is managed is the key point for me.

  • AmjadZork on May 2, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I think IPL should also be handed over to England. They will run it better & away from politics...

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    I'd like to see a high profile T20 tournament in England too, but with counties grouped into 8 to 10 regional "zones" of roughly equal strength (eg. North West v South East) - 4 overseas players max per starting 11.

  • maddy20 on May 2, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Finally some honesty. KP's assessment was right after all that a lot of English cricketers would love to have an IPL gig. Lets see if they can reach 10% of IPL's reach! @Zahidsaltin A lot of international cricketers have achieved some sort of financial security through the IPL. Window has been created for IPL so that players would not ditch their country to become T20 mercs. In 45 days they will earn as much as 5-10 times in what they get as annual contracts. When there is a competition that offers such high rewards it deserves a window so that the players can make the most of it.

  • AlfAlpha on May 2, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    More T20 ? More big names playing boring baseball in the guise of cricket. Can't blame the players for wanting to be rich but Uuhhg - I think I'm going to be sick.

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I agree that the Morgan report is woefully out of touch with fans. I agree that preserving first-class cricket as the ultimate form of the game and the platform of test cricket is also essential - although I do think it needs tweaking - empty grounds are no good for anyone. I would like to see more weekend county matches - more games at festival occasions, fairs and the like, cheap tickets, like £5 max, and perhaps co-ordinated with concerts or re-enactment type events to draw crowds. I also think T20 needs to be revamped along the lines of IPL & BB - it should be a high summer, mid-season 10-team city-based league as the top league. 40/50 over cricket should be abolished entirely and replaced with a T20 County based knock out comp incorporating all 16 championship counties, but also minor counties and perhaps wild card entires - a bit like the FA Cup, so giant-killings can add spectacle. Thus 1st Class is preserved as the technical pinnacle, and T20 provides entertainment and revenue.

  • Brdmara on May 2, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    T20 was briought by England and its turning a threat to them

  • RandyOZ on May 2, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    I thought English cricket was bad enough, without bringing in another weak tournament. I suppose Ozzies will be used to bolster it as well, just like every other tournament on Earth.

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    I think time has come to focus on two formats only, 3 formats, i would say is way to many. 3 formats doesnt serve the players and the spectators and it only serves the boards and broadcasters. test/1st class and t20 or 25, should be the only formats. 50 over format should be discarded. that way we can keep tradition and modernity. a proper balance.

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    T20 format is the best for cricket to introduce to the world, and to become worldwide. People now a days want to see faster game and exciting game in short period of time. Just see 100 meter race, its exist only 9 seconds but just for 9 seconds game people buy a tickets and go to stadium to find a real excitement inside the stadium. See how many people go to watch test match, where two team play the same game for five days!! Even Indian people don't like to see test match in the stadium, were most of the Indian people like cricket match but time has changed people like to see more T20 match than test match.

  • Dr.Hassan.Malik on May 2, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    i gues v should be lukin for same franchises as in EPL ! names like MANCHESTER UNITED CRICKET CLUC (MUCC), MANCHESTER CITY CRICKET CLUB (MCCC) CHELSEA CRICKET CLUB (CCC) AND LIVERPOOL (LCC) AND FULHAM CRIC CLUB (FCC) WILL SELL BIG ! Dey already have da fan base all over da globe !!! and name of league should be CRICKET PREMIER LEAGUE ! CPL !!! its not odd for clubs (eg barca madrd etc to have teams for handball basketball etc) y not cricket den !!!

  • on May 2, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Yes establish it ECB! Your wealthy enough,and if you get amazing sponsorships (SONY,adidas,canon,mcdonalds,etc) the tournament will blossom well.Or have a better integration for English players in IPL..

  • AJ_Tiger86 on May 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Please no... we have enough of these already. Don't do this. It'll ruin test cricket in the no. 1 ranked test country and where test matches are played in front of fullhouses.

  • jmcilhinney on May 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I'm not quite sure exactly what "IPL-style" means. Do they just mean that a window is set aside and that's all they play for that period or do they mean franchises instead of counties or do they just mean big money? I'm guessing that it means counties rather than franchises but there is a specific window where no other county or international cricket is played, which would mean that those players in the England team could also play, as Indian internationals do in the IPL. Given that this would only add to the workload of the England players, I'm surprised that they would want it when the IPL has been criticised (although not necessarily by those players) for contributing to over-working the India players. I guess being able to make quick and relatively easy money in a T20 comp at home would definitely be an improvement over English players either missing out altogether or weakening the county championship by playing in India.

  • Harvey on May 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    The headline is misleading. There is no call for "an IPL-style T20." The main story arising from the players' rejection of the Morgan Report is that (like most fans) they want to retain a 16-game County Championship. This begs the question as to how the Morgan Report reached its conclusions in the first place. I know a lot of England cricket fans, yet haven't heard a single one of them say they support The Morgan Report's recommendations, and if the players don't support them either then, apart from the ECB itself, who does?

  • on May 2, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    The end of test cricket is seen which is good for cricket. Test cricket should be played by senior citizens. Who is having time to watch for 5 days without the result sometimes. Test cricket is becoming the liability for devolopment of cricket worldwide

  • on May 2, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    ICC should create an ALL-STAR T20 league and invite STARS from all over the cricketing world and divide them among 10 12 15 0r even 20 teams and set aside time in the cricket calender each year, lets have a Keri Packer style T20 cricket and lets stop deluding ourselves... IT IS ABOUT MONEY and ENTERTAINMENT and NOT I repeat NOT about cultivating players... let the first class and test cricket do that... get the biggest stars out on the pitch... I personally dont care for the unknowns they might be very good... but honestly who would you rather watch Gayle or some unknown... so instead of the PLs and Bashs lets have one super league where players and officials make money and we the fans get the entertainment... and I would suggest have this league in different country each year(Olympic style bids may be ...) equal opportunity for everyone to make money... but of course its not gonna happen... because everyone wants to make their own money and not willing to share money or control

  • kingcobra85 on May 2, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Wow what happened to test cricket and non holier than me attitude of the English. First they were wrong about DRS and now this!!

  • sanjaycrickfan on May 2, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Zahidsatlin, then you shouldnt be talking about BCCI and IPL alone because every country has a domestic T20 tournament and they run even longer. For example, England has a T20 tournament called Friends Life T20 which has 18 teams as opposed to 8 or 9 teams in IPL. Same with Australia, South Africa and other countries. Its just that IPL has become a punching bag because of its success. India actually plays lesser T20 internationals compared to other countries. Check the stats.

  • tnrc66 on May 2, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Success is success. Unless we learn form the success stories of others, we will never be able to see success ourselves. One of the reasons why Football is so successful is its duration. People now a days do not have the patience to sit through a 100 overs a day match. Test match will slowly but steadily die a natural death. Let the game evolve and take shape the way people want rather than the administrators deciding how the game should be.

  • Stark62 on May 2, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @ Tim Jevons I never talked about the players enthusiasm for Test cricket.

    I only questioned, whether Eng fans will come in to watch and how many will watch?

    In India, cricket is like a religion and that is why it is so successful but in Eng you won't get the same support or TV ratings.

  • on May 2, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    British media believes IPL has ruined, damaged, spoilt the game and the players. Now the players themselves want IPL like tournament which makes remarks from KP to have come not in isolation. How are they going to react to it now? However quite frankly while IPL is good for the fringe players focus should be on the longer format of the game. Public wants to see established and top players. The won't be interested in seeing a slam, bang thank you ma'm type of players and you produce top players by playing & promoting longer version of the game. Quite frankly it is not very hard to strike the right balance as long as the administrators are not greedy and myopic

  • SamRoy on May 2, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Every board will love to IPL-like Twenty20 event. No board has 1/10th the amount of money that BCCI has to create such an event. But as long as other boards can provide half as attractive salaries as IPL provides to players (shouldn't be problem since players salaries are less than 10% of IPL revenue) it will attract players from all countries. But there is another problem. Will it be popular? Not just on the ground but also on TV. That it is a tricky question. Can the board market the T20 league in such a way that the TV viewer in Australia or England watches it regularly. It is not a simple answer since the viewer in those countries have options like football (aussie rules in australia) and rugby leagues. In India there are no alternatives to cricket for team sports.

  • arifbag123 on May 2, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    dont be made anything bad like ipl.its just for the money if you really want to enjoy the game then choose test matches where a team scores more than five hundred runs and then loose the match,the fact you can enjoy the one dayer also if the icc tries to make tougher for bowler and batsman also.

  • sanjaycrickfan on May 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Doesnt England already have a T20 tournament called Friends T20 tournament or something which runs even longer ? How is a league like IPL going to be any different ? No league can replicate a success like IPL because they just dont have the fan following, infrastructure and the talent pool.

  • ncurd on May 2, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    The headline made me scream then I read what the players wanted. All they really want is a better marketed (The County Ground at Taunton in generally full but it is small) tournament. I didn't see calls for the loss of Counties which whenever I see it make me scream and have a huge amount of bile. So yeah make the Friends Life T20 more marketable it's a sensible decision.

    More foreign players isn't the answer they have a pretty good tounament already it just need tweaking not radical rethinking.

    Glad the players see the County Championship as the most important thing.

  • Brosley1 on May 2, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    16 County games each has to be preserved. The county game is integral to maintaining a good England test team.

    I would go further than the IPL does and make the English T20 tournament no restrictions on Overseas players. People may say that this will hinder English bred players but for other sports such as premiership football I think it increases the quality and need for good county infer-structure.

    The T20 tournament should be set in a block in the middle of the season around late June/early July to insure as few as possible games are lost due to weather. This would also mean you'd avoid the crazy situation where there are 8 T20 games played and then teams are thrust into a 4 day game sandwiched in the schedule.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 2, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    5 more years and you will see end of 50 over game and cricket will be left with T20 formate occasionally supported by empty stands of tests. Then u will see China and other nations playing high class T20 too. ICC should not try to limit it.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 2, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Indians should not forget that T20 was started by England and it reached to be IPL through ICL.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 2, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    @Harmony111, No one says IPL is doing something wrong but there are people and in majority who say, T20 should not be allowed to kill test cricket. There are those who call it WWF of cricket and those who say it destroy technecalities of the game among the young. There is no doubt that T20 is going to be the most liked style of cricket in the future and a good development to spread it worlwide. BCCI is normally criticized because they push ICC for creating window for their own domestic IPL (why not for all then) and they have taken over CL concept where international clubs compete and should be an ICC event.

  • on May 2, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Good, sensible thinking by the players. Pity about the 20/20, but I'll have that if it means we have just the championship and the 20/20.

  • on May 2, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Stark62...do you actually have a clue what you are talking about obviously not judging by your post today. All players aspire to be Test Cricketers which is the only country to fill their stadiums a clue it's where the Home of Cricket is LORDS.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on May 2, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    The PCA may well have just said, "SHOW ME THE MONEY." One wishes the players understood why money flows in India (to fund the IPL), and that the UK's economy is grappling with the worst of times--a cricket circus is hardly what the sponsors can afford when consumption is low and jobs are scarce. The cricketers' demands reflect self-centredness, and no care for the game whatsoever.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on May 2, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    An IPL-style tournament in UK would be very interesting for bowlers. Because of our weather/climate, there tends to be much more movement for the seamers. Unlike the current IPL where spinners are dominating (with exceptions like Malinga, Morkel...), a similar event in UK would be a whole-new ball game (excuse the pun!) for batsmen. Anyway, the BBC doesn't seem to be interested in cricket and would rather show snooker, bowls, horse-racing, diamond-jubilee... Unless ITV4 continues coverage, us Brits will once again be left hanging.

  • on May 2, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Reading the report, the players did not demand, or even ask for, an 'IPL-style T20'. All they want is a competition that is played in one block with a bit more prize money than there is now. They do want to learn lessons from the IPL though, perhaps including increasing the number of foreign players

  • leecoozac on May 2, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Would love to see an English version of the IPL, just hope they dont go the franchise route...maybe same as championship with 2 divisions then followed by playoffs for top 2-4 teams from each league. Hats off to the IPL for giving a lot of opportunities for young indian cricketers in this format, just hope the english one would do the same rather than completely focus on the overseas players and the usual county pros

  • SamAsh07 on May 2, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Just stop this please, IPL, BPL, soon PPL and now a IPL-esque England tournament (i.e. EPL)?? Is it that hard for ICC and other cricket boards to realise that they should just remove all these Leagues and introduce WPL?? World Premier League can run 3-4 months with 3 teams from each Test playing nation and 2 associate teams. The catch could be that - each team must purchase 4 foreign players from the participating teams, to add in more spice just like IPL. ONE league tournament is enough.

  • on May 2, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    Good. Morgans blueprint seemed without all reason. It neither seemed to offer financial viability, interest for the long term in new ideas lite T20 - and yet still failed to look after crickets heritage. A shortened but far more high profile T20 hiatus mid season seems appropriate (3 weeks with most counties playing every other day - it's only 20 overs an innings for goodness sake) slightly fewer games and more high profile. Let's get on with it.

  • tusharkardile on May 2, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    IPL is bad, but not IPL like tournament

  • Stark62 on May 2, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    England will never be able to pull it off!!!!

    Only Asian countries can because the population in those countries are cricketing mad, whilst in Eng you have people go crazy for football.

    I would be surprised, if Eng do manage to have a successful tournament like IPL but only the Bangladesh premier league has come close to competing with the IPL.

  • Harmony111 on May 2, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Lol Lol Lol. From Sri Lanka to Bangladesh to Aus to Eng: everyone looks dazzled by the IPL's brilliance. They would love to have a league like IPL in their home and the signs are way too strong for anyone to say that IPL is a waste of time or is bringing the world down. I would love to hear from the usual suspects who seem to blame everything upon IPL/BCCI/India. If IPL is so wrong why is every other nation keen to do an encore domestically? But whether other nations can pull it off remains to be seen.

  • on May 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Oh so now after opposing the ipl and getting jealous of ipl money for a very long time, english people wants ipl like tournament in england.......its a jbig oke

  • on May 2, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    England pros demand IPL-style money!

  • elsmallo on May 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What we need is for it to stop raining for four days so we can get a game in. Even one day, really. One day would do.

  • satish619chandar on May 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I think it was a long time overdue.. What a IPL like tournament will do is, it will make the second level cricketers who were discarded in selection or guys who lose spot because it is not vacant in the main 11 to earn more.. IPL does earn Gambhir, Yusuf, Sachin, Dhoni but also younger cricketers like Rayudu, Vijay and all others who are there.. The young players in county will earn more and have a peaceful life..

  • Bruisers on May 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    There is no scope for city-based franchises in England because of the difference in population concentration .. However a 6 teams tournament lasting for less than 30 days is a possibility. 6 teams should be from London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

  • Narkovian on May 2, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Yuk ! Please no more pointless and instantly forgettable cricket. If T20 must be played, then play it when the weather is bad... like April and September. Do we need T20 like IPL ? I don't sense a lot of interest in UK to the current IPL bash.

  • on May 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    For many counties that are in loses now, its better that IPL like event will provide a good base to increase their financial position and increase their chances to provide better facilities to their players.. They can get proper sponsors like the IPL teams in India and also can provide a taste of foreign players experince.. The ECB has called it correctly now to include a full fledged IPL like tournament.. I think there is no use in playing Friends T20 like tournament without good number of foreign players in each teams... U can check how IPL teams and tournament has prospered for the past 5 seasons...

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  • on May 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    For many counties that are in loses now, its better that IPL like event will provide a good base to increase their financial position and increase their chances to provide better facilities to their players.. They can get proper sponsors like the IPL teams in India and also can provide a taste of foreign players experince.. The ECB has called it correctly now to include a full fledged IPL like tournament.. I think there is no use in playing Friends T20 like tournament without good number of foreign players in each teams... U can check how IPL teams and tournament has prospered for the past 5 seasons...

  • Narkovian on May 2, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Yuk ! Please no more pointless and instantly forgettable cricket. If T20 must be played, then play it when the weather is bad... like April and September. Do we need T20 like IPL ? I don't sense a lot of interest in UK to the current IPL bash.

  • Bruisers on May 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    There is no scope for city-based franchises in England because of the difference in population concentration .. However a 6 teams tournament lasting for less than 30 days is a possibility. 6 teams should be from London, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol.

  • satish619chandar on May 2, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    I think it was a long time overdue.. What a IPL like tournament will do is, it will make the second level cricketers who were discarded in selection or guys who lose spot because it is not vacant in the main 11 to earn more.. IPL does earn Gambhir, Yusuf, Sachin, Dhoni but also younger cricketers like Rayudu, Vijay and all others who are there.. The young players in county will earn more and have a peaceful life..

  • elsmallo on May 2, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    What we need is for it to stop raining for four days so we can get a game in. Even one day, really. One day would do.

  • on May 2, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    England pros demand IPL-style money!

  • on May 2, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Oh so now after opposing the ipl and getting jealous of ipl money for a very long time, english people wants ipl like tournament in england.......its a jbig oke

  • Harmony111 on May 2, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Lol Lol Lol. From Sri Lanka to Bangladesh to Aus to Eng: everyone looks dazzled by the IPL's brilliance. They would love to have a league like IPL in their home and the signs are way too strong for anyone to say that IPL is a waste of time or is bringing the world down. I would love to hear from the usual suspects who seem to blame everything upon IPL/BCCI/India. If IPL is so wrong why is every other nation keen to do an encore domestically? But whether other nations can pull it off remains to be seen.

  • Stark62 on May 2, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    England will never be able to pull it off!!!!

    Only Asian countries can because the population in those countries are cricketing mad, whilst in Eng you have people go crazy for football.

    I would be surprised, if Eng do manage to have a successful tournament like IPL but only the Bangladesh premier league has come close to competing with the IPL.

  • tusharkardile on May 2, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    IPL is bad, but not IPL like tournament