English Premier League July 16, 2008

ECB unveils new Twenty20 tournament

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Changes in the English domestic scene

No Pro40, but two Twenty20 tournaments in England © Getty Images
 

  • The EPL will get underway in June 2010, with 18 counties and two guest teams split into two divisions
  • The counties will later contest a Twenty20 League primarily on Friday nights in July and August, which will determine the qualifiers for the Champions League.
  • The current Pro40 competition will be scrapped, but there will be one 50-over tournament.
  • The County Championship [first-class league] will be played in a two-division structure, with each team contesting 16 matches.
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The much-anticipated English Premier League will get underway in 2010, with two divisions made up of ten teams, after the ECB unveiled a radical shake-up of the domestic game following its board meeting at Lord's.

In a unanimous decision, the format that has been agreed upon will involve all 18 first-class counties, plus two overseas sides to make up the numbers, with the matches to be played in the month of June. One of the teams will be provided by Allen Stanford and it is believed the other will be from India, with the winners of the IPL the likely choice.

A separate Twenty20 League for the 18 counties will then take place, primarily on Friday nights in July and August, and will act as the qualifier for the Champions League. The current Pro40 competition will be scrapped to make way for the competition.

"I am delighted that the board unanimously supported these creative proposals," said the ECB chairman, Giles Clarke. "I would like to congratulate everyone for their hard work and thank those who went to considerable time and trouble to produce documents for discussion.

"We have already received enormous broadcast and sponsor interest from around the world which was reported to the board by the chief executive David Collier."

The proposal that had been put forward by the MCC chief executive, Keith Bradshaw, and Surrey's chairman, David Stewart, for a nine-team league modelled on the Indian Premier League was rejected out of hand, although in a press release, Stewart threw his weight behind the new initiative. "These are extremely exciting and satisfying proposals for the future of domestic cricket in England and Wales," he said. "I am delighted to support them.

"They incorporate some excellent ideas and Keith Bradshaw and I were delighted to be able to submit our ideas as part of the decision making process and to build on the robust structure proposed by the ECB as a result of detailed consultations undertaken."

According to the ECB, the structure of the new league was decided upon following detailed market research in which spectators stated their desire to watch more Twenty20 cricket. Some of the funding ideas in Bradshaw and Stewart's plan were incorporated at the meeting.

The board also agreed the 2010 season would include a single 50-over competition and 16 County Championship matches in a two-division structure. "We looked at the Schofield Report, which stated that we should be playing competitions that mirror international competitions," Clarke told Sky Sports News.

"Spectators want to watch Twenty20 cricket on Friday nights, in the months of July, August and September, and the county championship in midweek. This is about giving the spectator what they want."

David Smith, Leicestershire's chief executive, told Cricinfo he was "delighted" with the announcement. "The ECB has got it right," he said. "It has maintained 16 four-day games which I think is sacrosanct for the development of Test cricket. We also needed a bit more Twenty20 and an EPL is an exciting prospect. It was obvious that one of the competitions had to go."

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  • POSTED BY kev747 on | July 19, 2008, 10:49 GMT

    Not sure if 20/20 on just Friday nights will be that successful especially in September.What's wrong with Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Will there be no cricket at all at weekends for July,August and September any more? It was dark this June by 8.15PM when clouds came and I doubt many games will be under floodlights.

  • POSTED BY Paul_JT on | July 18, 2008, 14:07 GMT

    A missed opportunity - The ECB should have had the teeth to remove the excess cricket (early season one-dayers and Second XIs) and insist on 3 competitions only; 1) the Championship, 2) a late season one-day competition on Sundays - benefiting prospective England players and county supporters alike - and 3) a commercially successfully Twenty20 - played in June-July attracting new supporters into grounds and broadcasters around the world. I am not in favour of a reduction to 9 franchises; however the county chiefs have again let the game in this country down. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas.

  • POSTED BY Gillybean on | July 18, 2008, 12:35 GMT

    I must admit I am one of the great fans of Twenty/20 and this form of the game has actually kept me interested in the game. I am West Indian and the late performance of the Windies Team have left me wanting. Actually in the Australia Tour of the West Indies 08 this is the only segment won by the Windies. In my view 20/20 (this Fast Pace Exciting Form of Cricket) has brought in more of the young cricket fans who use to view the sport as boring.

    These new fans are now looking forward to all forms of cricket. I say it is a positive.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | July 18, 2008, 10:52 GMT

    It is interesting to note that many people commenting here on how T20 is ruining Test cricket are not noticing how many Test series are absolutely devoid of paying patrons, that T20 is pulling youth to look at and participate in the game in larger numbers and gives the game a format/product that is easily adaptable, and hence export ready. Examine the following situations: South Africa put everyone other than the 13 players on the field, the match officials and the commentary team that was probably very caffeine dependent at the time to sleep while making their country proud by saving the recent Test vs. England. KKR could not qualify for the IPL playoffs, but played a very enthralling last game in the tournament, that I looked at ball by ball till the final swipe from Saurav Ganguly's blade. Now tell me - which choice do you think prospective sponsors will make to maximise on their advertising investment based on those observations?

  • POSTED BY Siddie on | July 18, 2008, 3:13 GMT

    i appreciate T20 but it has made cricket totally different.now cricket has become more faster,colourful n exciting.but these leagues could be dangerous.in the IPL there was large number of audience throughout the world but the Asia Cup suffered alot as there was very less number of spectators even in the Indo-Pak game.this is modern era n people like that things which take less duration n T20 is the short version in cricket which was wanted much before also n T20 could help cricket to be included in olympics too but now boards are trying to earn money through it which is sad.after India,Pakistan also wants to start PPL n now England wants to have EPL.i think ECB should prevent from starting this league because after having a season of T20 people get bored in watching ODI n Test Cricket of which the Asia Cup is a great example.because Pakistan is the second largest audience n number of spectators in the tournament was not up to the mark.so EPL should be prevented

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | July 17, 2008, 22:34 GMT

    I appreciate T20, have enjoyed many an ODI, and respect Tests as the purest iteration of the sport. Pro40 is the odd-one-out, and deserved to be dropped in its current form...

    Having said that, 40-overs-a-side offers a great opportunity to blend essential elements of Test cricket into a one-day format. Some have envisioned a 4-innings contest, each consisting of 20 overs with rules similar to Test cricket. In this era of experimentation, fed by growth of a global mass audience, and seeking to nuture growth beyond the traditional Test world, I hope to see Pro40 redesigned to fill the widening gap between short-cricket and the longest forms of the game. If a new style of Pro40 succeeds, it could answer the need for a proper one-day format that would ultimately replace 50-overs-a-side ODIs, lighten the now over-taxed international schedule, and redress the balance of cricket more in favour of the qualities that have made earned Test cricket the title of "The Greatest Game."

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | July 17, 2008, 21:42 GMT

    I hope Mr. Stanford, his minions, the WICB and the private sector within the Caribbean territories are looking closely at how leagues are being formed in the other countries that are dialing up profits vis 20/20 tournaments. It is the next step for the Stanford group and the Stanford 20/20 - have a maximum of eight teams play in a re-vamped league throughout the region in the major islands with grounds to facilitate such a situation: Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Franchises in each of these countries can play for prize money put up by Mr. Stanford, etc. If this is not done, West Indies will miss out on future versions of the International 20/20 league playoffs, creating further despair in the long run for our cricketers, who are always going to find it more difficult to make the grade of the teams of foreign leagues. This is where the focus of the ICC should be!!!

  • POSTED BY vgandhi on | July 17, 2008, 17:09 GMT

    Great news for cricket hungry audience. However I will be surprised if this tournament grabs international attention. IPL was a great success and so will be ECL, but only from financial point of view. Cricket will be a loser for sure.

  • POSTED BY Shrini on | July 17, 2008, 15:10 GMT

    If I am not mistaken, Great Britain has about half of India's population(might even be lesser). To top it up, football is more popular than cricket in that region. So I do not think it will have even half the success of the IPL. I am not really game for two T-20 competitions. I feel ther should be something like a test world cup where 5 to seven of the world's best teams get to participate. I feel IPL and EPL shoud be two yearly. The best case scenario would be if both of them collaborate. With the current crazy cricket schedule it looks like even 365 days seem inadequate.

  • POSTED BY Bill_W on | July 17, 2008, 15:09 GMT

    I don't understand where the need to copy the IPL came from - we already have a Twenty20 Cup, it's called the Twenty20 Cup, and it's been very successful for a number of years now. The matches continually sell out, so there is clearly no need to radically change the format. Perhaps make the T20 cup a bit longer to get a bit more money in, and I'm not against the idea of a couple of extra teams - the more the merrier! I just really dislike the whole EPL idea - like IanMac said, it can't be a premier league as it has two divisions!

    I just really don't see the point in this, it's just going to be too much of a good thing, and will either fail or detract from the existing T20 cup, which would be a great shame.

  • POSTED BY kev747 on | July 19, 2008, 10:49 GMT

    Not sure if 20/20 on just Friday nights will be that successful especially in September.What's wrong with Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Will there be no cricket at all at weekends for July,August and September any more? It was dark this June by 8.15PM when clouds came and I doubt many games will be under floodlights.

  • POSTED BY Paul_JT on | July 18, 2008, 14:07 GMT

    A missed opportunity - The ECB should have had the teeth to remove the excess cricket (early season one-dayers and Second XIs) and insist on 3 competitions only; 1) the Championship, 2) a late season one-day competition on Sundays - benefiting prospective England players and county supporters alike - and 3) a commercially successfully Twenty20 - played in June-July attracting new supporters into grounds and broadcasters around the world. I am not in favour of a reduction to 9 franchises; however the county chiefs have again let the game in this country down. Turkeys don't vote for Christmas.

  • POSTED BY Gillybean on | July 18, 2008, 12:35 GMT

    I must admit I am one of the great fans of Twenty/20 and this form of the game has actually kept me interested in the game. I am West Indian and the late performance of the Windies Team have left me wanting. Actually in the Australia Tour of the West Indies 08 this is the only segment won by the Windies. In my view 20/20 (this Fast Pace Exciting Form of Cricket) has brought in more of the young cricket fans who use to view the sport as boring.

    These new fans are now looking forward to all forms of cricket. I say it is a positive.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | July 18, 2008, 10:52 GMT

    It is interesting to note that many people commenting here on how T20 is ruining Test cricket are not noticing how many Test series are absolutely devoid of paying patrons, that T20 is pulling youth to look at and participate in the game in larger numbers and gives the game a format/product that is easily adaptable, and hence export ready. Examine the following situations: South Africa put everyone other than the 13 players on the field, the match officials and the commentary team that was probably very caffeine dependent at the time to sleep while making their country proud by saving the recent Test vs. England. KKR could not qualify for the IPL playoffs, but played a very enthralling last game in the tournament, that I looked at ball by ball till the final swipe from Saurav Ganguly's blade. Now tell me - which choice do you think prospective sponsors will make to maximise on their advertising investment based on those observations?

  • POSTED BY Siddie on | July 18, 2008, 3:13 GMT

    i appreciate T20 but it has made cricket totally different.now cricket has become more faster,colourful n exciting.but these leagues could be dangerous.in the IPL there was large number of audience throughout the world but the Asia Cup suffered alot as there was very less number of spectators even in the Indo-Pak game.this is modern era n people like that things which take less duration n T20 is the short version in cricket which was wanted much before also n T20 could help cricket to be included in olympics too but now boards are trying to earn money through it which is sad.after India,Pakistan also wants to start PPL n now England wants to have EPL.i think ECB should prevent from starting this league because after having a season of T20 people get bored in watching ODI n Test Cricket of which the Asia Cup is a great example.because Pakistan is the second largest audience n number of spectators in the tournament was not up to the mark.so EPL should be prevented

  • POSTED BY Kirk-at-Lords on | July 17, 2008, 22:34 GMT

    I appreciate T20, have enjoyed many an ODI, and respect Tests as the purest iteration of the sport. Pro40 is the odd-one-out, and deserved to be dropped in its current form...

    Having said that, 40-overs-a-side offers a great opportunity to blend essential elements of Test cricket into a one-day format. Some have envisioned a 4-innings contest, each consisting of 20 overs with rules similar to Test cricket. In this era of experimentation, fed by growth of a global mass audience, and seeking to nuture growth beyond the traditional Test world, I hope to see Pro40 redesigned to fill the widening gap between short-cricket and the longest forms of the game. If a new style of Pro40 succeeds, it could answer the need for a proper one-day format that would ultimately replace 50-overs-a-side ODIs, lighten the now over-taxed international schedule, and redress the balance of cricket more in favour of the qualities that have made earned Test cricket the title of "The Greatest Game."

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | July 17, 2008, 21:42 GMT

    I hope Mr. Stanford, his minions, the WICB and the private sector within the Caribbean territories are looking closely at how leagues are being formed in the other countries that are dialing up profits vis 20/20 tournaments. It is the next step for the Stanford group and the Stanford 20/20 - have a maximum of eight teams play in a re-vamped league throughout the region in the major islands with grounds to facilitate such a situation: Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Franchises in each of these countries can play for prize money put up by Mr. Stanford, etc. If this is not done, West Indies will miss out on future versions of the International 20/20 league playoffs, creating further despair in the long run for our cricketers, who are always going to find it more difficult to make the grade of the teams of foreign leagues. This is where the focus of the ICC should be!!!

  • POSTED BY vgandhi on | July 17, 2008, 17:09 GMT

    Great news for cricket hungry audience. However I will be surprised if this tournament grabs international attention. IPL was a great success and so will be ECL, but only from financial point of view. Cricket will be a loser for sure.

  • POSTED BY Shrini on | July 17, 2008, 15:10 GMT

    If I am not mistaken, Great Britain has about half of India's population(might even be lesser). To top it up, football is more popular than cricket in that region. So I do not think it will have even half the success of the IPL. I am not really game for two T-20 competitions. I feel ther should be something like a test world cup where 5 to seven of the world's best teams get to participate. I feel IPL and EPL shoud be two yearly. The best case scenario would be if both of them collaborate. With the current crazy cricket schedule it looks like even 365 days seem inadequate.

  • POSTED BY Bill_W on | July 17, 2008, 15:09 GMT

    I don't understand where the need to copy the IPL came from - we already have a Twenty20 Cup, it's called the Twenty20 Cup, and it's been very successful for a number of years now. The matches continually sell out, so there is clearly no need to radically change the format. Perhaps make the T20 cup a bit longer to get a bit more money in, and I'm not against the idea of a couple of extra teams - the more the merrier! I just really dislike the whole EPL idea - like IanMac said, it can't be a premier league as it has two divisions!

    I just really don't see the point in this, it's just going to be too much of a good thing, and will either fail or detract from the existing T20 cup, which would be a great shame.

  • POSTED BY kingofspain on | July 17, 2008, 13:07 GMT

    20/20 has officially reached the overkill stage. Let's be honest, it's just not that interesting. Two competitions? The only positive is that it replaces the utterly useless pro40 competition.

    I don't think the "two divisions" means a first and second division. I think the divisions will be equal and the top two or four from each will go through to a knock-out phase. The article doesn't indicate one way or the other.

  • POSTED BY kricket.net on | July 17, 2008, 11:27 GMT

    Twenty20 is starting to ruin test and 4 day cricket, we've seen the IPL and the thrill and excitment from it has started to fade so an EPL isn't a great idea and I really don't see the point of 2 twenty20 competitions.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | July 17, 2008, 10:50 GMT

    While there are fewer people who are willing to pour scorn on every new iteration of 20/20 cricket, the ECB should look into the future and create a format for the twenty teams (my proposal - Groups A - E of four teams each, round robin format to get 8 teams qualifying for quarterfinals, semifinals and a grand finale; this way there are 37 games being played over maybe 23 days) that doesn't repeat the problems of television burnout for the fans of the game, e.g. IPL, World Cup 2007. Good luck to Messrs. Bradshaw and company; the world needs to have cricket revolutionised the way T20 is now allowing!

  • POSTED BY ajetti on | July 17, 2008, 10:40 GMT

    I believe the proliferation of Twenty20 tournaments in every country will reduce the time for "proper" cricket i.e. tests. This is sad as the cricket boards are only keeping an eye on their revenues and not at developing young talent to be ready for test cricket which is undoubtedly the game at its finest. Twenty20 is devoid of drama. Ihe IPL became ho-hum after the first few games. And it is entirely responsible for ruining the game. Now the ECB wants to follow suit as they dont want to be the BCCI's poor cousin! And the players' greed! Mmmm, makes one wonder if these guys shld be anyone's idols at all.

  • POSTED BY Sajish on | July 17, 2008, 9:50 GMT

    It is a good idea from ECB to launch EPL. I understand that ECB has forced to do so because, Greedy BCCI are not sanctioning ICL hence ICC sees ICL as a banned cricket body. Many players in ICL are playing with many counties in England. I fear 20-20 will destroy 50-50 and Test Matches its popularity and viewership. ECB is not greedy in introducing EPL, Infact IPL administrators are greedy, they have forced ICC to its recognition by the power of Money generating in Indian Subcontinent. Modi, Pawar and Co. are greedy, hence they still not sanctioned ICL as Official. Because Modi & Co want to eat money alone..ECB is having good relationship with ICL signed players and officials, so they want to ICL in its venture in future at least in 20-20 version.

  • POSTED BY IanMac on | July 17, 2008, 9:19 GMT

    How can a 'premier' league have two divisions? Surely the second division isn't 'premier' at all, simply by definition.

  • POSTED BY Daiyan on | July 17, 2008, 8:50 GMT

    i am not against the idea of epl but i support english players playing in ipl next year.and 2010 is far away......wouldn't it be possible to hold it next year?? I truly believe epl would be a hit but i suggest increasing overseas team to 4

  • POSTED BY Peter3 on | July 17, 2008, 8:44 GMT

    This is great, but how will international matches fit in? If the 50 over competition is at the start of the season, then wouldn't it be sensible for the 50 over ODIs to follow on straight away? What about test matches? How many will there be? Will there be any in June? There's more to this than simply getting the counties' arrangements right!

  • POSTED BY alto on | July 17, 2008, 7:43 GMT

    I watched IPL matches. More than the matches, it was the glamour around that held the interest of many. Cricket was secondary. That is the way, I fear, 20-20 will take Cricket

  • POSTED BY Midlander on | July 17, 2008, 7:09 GMT

    I am puzzled by the description of the two T20 competitions. It would appear that the EPL will be in two divisions with promotion and relegation, and the later, domestic, competition will be contested in groups. I would have thought this is the wrong way round. Will international players actually want to play in a second division competition? Seems odd to me

  • POSTED BY vance on | July 17, 2008, 6:34 GMT

    I do not understand why few guys are against IPL. It was a great success and you have to accept that. If ECB created EPL to compete with IPL then they out of their mind. EPL should have it's own quality and the entertainment of 20/20. IPL was not a circus (as called by JJ) it was played by very quality players and most of the matches were thrilling.

    I hope that EPL will also be great success and England players will also make some money.

  • POSTED BY Sharaafat on | July 17, 2008, 6:07 GMT

    There are revolutionary changes happening in Cricket. EPL will touch new heights of popularity. England is such a country where we can enjoy real cricket. Though, many former cricketers are not happy with t-20 cricket but it is clear now that this shorter form of cricket will be the future.

  • POSTED BY iamasexybeast on | July 17, 2008, 5:41 GMT

    There will be too much 20/20, i got bored of the IPL after a month or so, i can see this EPL being the same, it might put me off 20/20 for good.

  • POSTED BY rustom_deboo on | July 17, 2008, 5:09 GMT

    Surely the English Premier League is going to be one of the biggest cricket competition in a long time. Its good that Twenty20 has finally been given its due by its founder nation. I am in full support of the increasing advent of T20 in world cricket. However, the proposal of a Sranford XI and an IPL team looks absurd. Suppose the Rajasthan Royals qualify as the IPL team, then for which side does Dimitri Mascarenhas play - the Royals or the Hampshire Hawks ? Also, the idea of two separate Twenty20 leagues is pointless. Why not stage only one league, with all the 18 counties, in two divisions with 9 in each ? Then this should be the sole tournament which is the qualifier for the Champions League. This will surely boost the morale of English cricket, crowds will flock to EPL games a la soccer and cricket will be revived in England. I hope the EPL goes the IPL way in terms of quality of matches, crowds and sponsorship. 2 leagues are better than 1, and other nations are welcome to follow.

  • POSTED BY roj11 on | July 17, 2008, 4:57 GMT

    Why cant we just have a single 20-20 league with all the countries participating. Hope the 50-50 and test matches' glory will not be taken away by all these new touranaments.

  • POSTED BY McPiggle on | July 17, 2008, 4:51 GMT

    Its a good idea for English cricket but will it compete with the amazing spectacle of the IPL? I doubt it'll get up there. Hope it does though, as it will be good for cricket. I do however wish to point out that the IPL, the circus as per JJ, is everthing but that. The IPL is a catalyst which ultimately pushes India to No. 1. And before you start mocking the IPL, just take a look at the number of young Indian cricketers who have learnt from International Greats and are starting to make a huge difference in the Indian team. I think it is all good the game. VIVA!!!

  • POSTED BY Jojy.John on | July 17, 2008, 4:32 GMT

    Gr8..hopefully the EPL will counter the proposed exodus of some of England's star players. Pieterson is England's trump card and he should not take part in the circus called IPL. Other england stars like bopara,broad and their likes should stick around with epl instead of planning to join ipl franchises. they are too young and need a lot of nourishment at the county level and later the epl as part of their grooming.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | July 17, 2008, 4:24 GMT

    obviously this epl will be played whilst international cricket is taking place in england at the same time? what will happen if say kevin pieterson signs on to play in the IPL say with mumbai and that also happens to be the team invited to take part in the EPL??? would mumbai or hampshere get his services or does he just play the international season with england? or what would happen if the west indies a team that can not match the money being thrown around by twenty20 teams at their players has a tour in say sri lanka at the same time as their stanford team is playing in england? will WICB who have jumped into bed with stanford allow their players to skip the international tour to go play in this ecb? this just creates more questions than answers? does anyone have crickets best interests at heart? i thought the ECB did with their stance on the IPL but now i realize they just wanted the money for themselves!!! R.I.P international cricket! murdered by greed of administrators modi&bradshaw

  • POSTED BY iamasexybeast on | July 17, 2008, 0:21 GMT

    There will be too much 20/20, i got bored of the IPL after a month or so, i can see this EPL being the same, it might put me off 20/20 for good.

  • POSTED BY Statsguru33 on | July 17, 2008, 0:01 GMT

    This is a ridiculous idea as the English County teams are not good enough to host a their own Premier League.

  • POSTED BY l1ncric on | July 16, 2008, 22:16 GMT

    Hey nice 2 hear about EPL 20-20. It'll be so enjoyable when 2010 arrives. I hope Notts Outlaws will be the best. All hell EPL..................n fail 2 IPL.

  • POSTED BY barb1e on | July 16, 2008, 21:27 GMT

    I am a member of Nottingham cricket club although I live over 50 miles away. As I work I will be unable to attend many of the proposed twenty20 matches if they are all to be held on a Friday night. The system of varying the time and days of the matches to include some at the weekend would have been fairer to all supporters.

  • POSTED BY Zaeb on | July 16, 2008, 20:24 GMT

    Good move by ECB by not making it a franchise based...coz that was not gonna help anywhere to the ECB..Done better further by inviting a team from Stanford and IPL...

  • POSTED BY ricko101 on | July 16, 2008, 20:23 GMT

    Hi,

    T20 cricket currently has people flocking in to see matches and is the hype of the game, sacrifices are being made to play this format of the game but is it all worth it will one day a child's dream be to play T20 cricket for his country rather than Test Cricket, yes many people enjoy the Shorter format of the game but is it all positive? will T20 soon be the only future of the game? people need to think about the games future and what people want. I'm a T20 fan but i also love test cricket and that should be cherished.

    Thank You, Jack Richardson Exeter

  • POSTED BY Sean_Phelan on | July 16, 2008, 19:13 GMT

    Can the ECB please think of a new name for the 'EPL' its so boring and too much like the IPL. something that will set it apart from the IPL

  • POSTED BY jalps on | July 16, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    The one problem I can see with this is the light on Friday nights in August, 5:30 starts are already a bit questionable at grounds without floodlights. Will they be trying to fit out all grounds with floodlights for 2010? Won't this just eat in to the profits? Why not just have the matches primarily on a Saturday afternoon. I'm also not sure they'll be able to get the big names for the EPL, surely all the IPL franchises will want to tie their players in to only playing for them in this type of competition. Other than this the proposal seems to have a remarkable amount of sense for something produced by a cricket board.

  • POSTED BY avillabear on | July 16, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    Message to Mr Clarke . I , like many other cricket ( not 20/20 lottery) followers work for a living and as such have to wait until the weekend to see a days County Championship play . How dare you have the nerve to tell us that this is what we want! At least have the decency to admit that this is all about money . At best you care about the game of cricket but do not understand it, at worst you're just looking to cash in without a care for the long term future of the game. One final thought to ponder - what would John Arlott have made of 20/20 ?

  • POSTED BY deepmidwicket on | July 16, 2008, 18:03 GMT

    Speaking as a Sussex supporter I'm delighted. The 9 superteam proposal had me very worried but this seems much better. I'm also pleased to see the Pro40 disappear as I'm sure most people have long thought it totally redundant and irrelevant.

    However, having attended quite a few of the local 20/20 matches this season I don't recall a single match that sold out, so I can't help feeling that the ECB is getting a bit carried away with the cash cow of 20/20, but ofcourse this might have something to do with Sussex's poor performance this year!!

    If we really are trying to emulate the international game I think we will need to redress the balance across the 3 formats at some point int not too distant future.

    Only time will tell, but all in all I'm a relieved man today.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | July 16, 2008, 18:00 GMT

    Good stuff. I like this idea. I hope the two overseas team are also competitive. Maybe one of them is Stanford XI (as I see in some other reports), and one's Rest of the World XI. The EPL should be better than IPL, because the entertainment culture in England is more open. All's well since I believe it ended well. Let's hope the competition and the build-up is at least as exciting as IPL in 2010, and gets even better soon enough.

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  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | July 16, 2008, 18:00 GMT

    Good stuff. I like this idea. I hope the two overseas team are also competitive. Maybe one of them is Stanford XI (as I see in some other reports), and one's Rest of the World XI. The EPL should be better than IPL, because the entertainment culture in England is more open. All's well since I believe it ended well. Let's hope the competition and the build-up is at least as exciting as IPL in 2010, and gets even better soon enough.

  • POSTED BY deepmidwicket on | July 16, 2008, 18:03 GMT

    Speaking as a Sussex supporter I'm delighted. The 9 superteam proposal had me very worried but this seems much better. I'm also pleased to see the Pro40 disappear as I'm sure most people have long thought it totally redundant and irrelevant.

    However, having attended quite a few of the local 20/20 matches this season I don't recall a single match that sold out, so I can't help feeling that the ECB is getting a bit carried away with the cash cow of 20/20, but ofcourse this might have something to do with Sussex's poor performance this year!!

    If we really are trying to emulate the international game I think we will need to redress the balance across the 3 formats at some point int not too distant future.

    Only time will tell, but all in all I'm a relieved man today.

  • POSTED BY avillabear on | July 16, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    Message to Mr Clarke . I , like many other cricket ( not 20/20 lottery) followers work for a living and as such have to wait until the weekend to see a days County Championship play . How dare you have the nerve to tell us that this is what we want! At least have the decency to admit that this is all about money . At best you care about the game of cricket but do not understand it, at worst you're just looking to cash in without a care for the long term future of the game. One final thought to ponder - what would John Arlott have made of 20/20 ?

  • POSTED BY jalps on | July 16, 2008, 18:05 GMT

    The one problem I can see with this is the light on Friday nights in August, 5:30 starts are already a bit questionable at grounds without floodlights. Will they be trying to fit out all grounds with floodlights for 2010? Won't this just eat in to the profits? Why not just have the matches primarily on a Saturday afternoon. I'm also not sure they'll be able to get the big names for the EPL, surely all the IPL franchises will want to tie their players in to only playing for them in this type of competition. Other than this the proposal seems to have a remarkable amount of sense for something produced by a cricket board.

  • POSTED BY Sean_Phelan on | July 16, 2008, 19:13 GMT

    Can the ECB please think of a new name for the 'EPL' its so boring and too much like the IPL. something that will set it apart from the IPL

  • POSTED BY ricko101 on | July 16, 2008, 20:23 GMT

    Hi,

    T20 cricket currently has people flocking in to see matches and is the hype of the game, sacrifices are being made to play this format of the game but is it all worth it will one day a child's dream be to play T20 cricket for his country rather than Test Cricket, yes many people enjoy the Shorter format of the game but is it all positive? will T20 soon be the only future of the game? people need to think about the games future and what people want. I'm a T20 fan but i also love test cricket and that should be cherished.

    Thank You, Jack Richardson Exeter

  • POSTED BY Zaeb on | July 16, 2008, 20:24 GMT

    Good move by ECB by not making it a franchise based...coz that was not gonna help anywhere to the ECB..Done better further by inviting a team from Stanford and IPL...

  • POSTED BY barb1e on | July 16, 2008, 21:27 GMT

    I am a member of Nottingham cricket club although I live over 50 miles away. As I work I will be unable to attend many of the proposed twenty20 matches if they are all to be held on a Friday night. The system of varying the time and days of the matches to include some at the weekend would have been fairer to all supporters.

  • POSTED BY l1ncric on | July 16, 2008, 22:16 GMT

    Hey nice 2 hear about EPL 20-20. It'll be so enjoyable when 2010 arrives. I hope Notts Outlaws will be the best. All hell EPL..................n fail 2 IPL.

  • POSTED BY Statsguru33 on | July 17, 2008, 0:01 GMT

    This is a ridiculous idea as the English County teams are not good enough to host a their own Premier League.