England news June 26, 2012

Morgan calls for English T20 revamp

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Eoin Morgan has said that English domestic Twenty20 cricket has fallen "so far behind" rival leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash that the time has come for a major revamp of the competition to ensure England can stay at the top of the world rankings.

This season marks the 10th anniversary of the introduction of Twenty20 cricket, which began in England in 2003, but Morgan, who is the country's highest-ranked Twenty20 batsman at No. 2 in the ICC lists, does not believe the current Friends Life competition prepares players for the challenges of the international game even though England are ranked No. 1.

Although Morgan did not play a match for Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2012 edition of the IPL, he drew on his experiences of the event over the last three years as well as drawing lessons from what Australia have done with the introduction of a franchise system.

"I certainly think it's got to the stage where it's so far behind now that something needs to happen," he said. "I've been in Australia when the Big Bash has happened and played the IPL and have seen the impact they have had. It's on a different scale."

Morgan said that England now lead the way in preparing Test cricketers - with countries such as Australia now implementing many of the methods used by the ECB - but does not think the same strides have been made in the shorter format by the nation that first unveiled the 20-over format at professional level.

"A lot of the time I was growing up, everything about English cricket was chasing Australia because they were No. 1 for a long time, had great cricketers and they had the infrastructure," he said while promoting the Cricket Foundation's StreetChance programme at his home club in England, Finchley CC in North London.

"We've now overtaken that in longer format in producing Test cricketers which is fantastic but I don't know what happened with the Twenty20. The IPL is in its fifth year and the Big Bash will be in its second so it won't take much to catch up and I certainly think it's needed, especially as we are Twenty20 champions."

Morgan conceded that English cricket does not have to carbon-copy what has happened in India and Australia, but he gave a strong indication that he thinks franchise-style cricket is the way forward for Twenty20 in this country.

"It doesn't need to be exactly the same to either the IPL or Big Bash, it has to work for English cricket," he said. "With our young Twenty20 team at the moment I see young players coming through and if we had an infrastructure in place with, say, eight or nine teams and huge international stars playing you would already have had the likes of Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow rubbing shoulders with great players like Muralitharan or Kallis and not being thrown into a World Cup game and being unfamiliar with the pressure."

Muttiah Muralitharan is actually one of the big-name overseas players who is currently appearing in the Friends Life t20, but it is true to say that the tournament has struggled to pull in a huge quantity of the game's major drawcards.

This is down to a combination of the international schedule - for example Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard are playing for West Indies and Saeed Ajmal, who was set to play for Worcestershire, is in Sri Lanka - but there is also feeling that the tournament is just not as enticing. Morgan, though, is confident that a new-look tournament would encourage many more overseas players to sign.

"The benefits would be massive and I would like to see change," he said. "It's the way forward to improve standards. Other Test nations love coming to England to tour, that's a massive attraction and there would be other financial benefits, too, because the superstars at the tournament."

Despite Morgan's concerns England are producing cricketers who are making a mark on Twenty20 game at a young age: Bairstow has made a promising start to his career, Steven Finn has slotted in with impressive results with the new ball and Hales scored 99 in the international against West Indies on Sunday.

"Alex played superbly and chasing 170-odd is a hell of a feat against such a skill West Indian team who will probably be one of the favourites for World Cup," he said. "It gives huge confidence to a young side but there's a heck of a lot of work to do to compare the side now to one that will face very different conditions in Sri Lanka. We've a long way to go but it's a good platform."

Sport England is investing £1million Lottery funding in the 'Cricket Foundation's 'StreetChance supported by Barclays Spaces for Sports' urban cricket initiative to help young adults stay in sport and stay away from crime and anti-social behaviour www.streetchance.org'

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple on (June 27 2012, 22:52 PM GMT) tbh I'm not sure Hildreth would have got a chance had Levi and Morkel not both been away. That knock really surprised me. I thought once Jos went that was it

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | June 27, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    yes like the english prmeier league in football - more foreign stars = better national team. Nonsense. I'd rather see Hildreth hit 100 than Gayle, but the former wouldnt have got the chance if Gayle had been playing. England needs 2 leagues. End of.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Muhtasim13 on (June 27 2012, 11:08 AM GMT) The other thing is the quality of the overseas players. I think it has already gone downhill. Probably no point in bringing in overseas players who are not going to be much better than our homegrown talent

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (June 27 2012, 08:55 AM GMT) - I know I'm just an armchair fan but I do get pretty tense when I watch (on Sky) or follow Somerset's scores on ESPN . The other thing is could you get AS passionate about a Somerset/Gloucs combined 11 ? BTW what's happened to Kirby and Alf - they seem to be swapping bowling economies?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Dashgar on (June 27 2012, 10:33 AM GMT) What is wrong is that Morgan probably gets paid significantly more for warming the bench in IPL than he does for playing for Middx. Maybe Morgan himself could help subsidise all this - pay for some of his IPL mates to come over. Even football clubs are not a sure thing these days and look what's happened to Rangers in Scotland

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @AKS286 on (June 27 2012, 07:16 AM GMT) Why not attach the blame at the individual player rather than the tournament ?The Oz test players played IPL after the WI test series so players can do both if they chose.

  • POSTED BY Mike_in_Exile on | June 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Does it matter if England fall behind? T20's main strength is as a club or franchise-based game, not at international level. I'd rather England focus on maintaining their position in test cricket. I am not convinced that English fans would get behind franchises that are not based on traditional county loyalties.

  • POSTED BY agbarron2 on | June 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    If a "franchise" is to be the indulgence of a mega-rich individual then go ahead and let them indulge themselves but don't bust clubs/counties/provinces trying to chase the dragon... Other sports have over spent and gotten into the soup - football being a prime example. Step back and remember that First Class cricket in England only survives based on the income from international cricket as regular FC attendances are akin to two unemployed men and a dog.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 27, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @Muhtasim13, two overseas players is more than enough per squad, dont forget there are 'work' rounds for anyone whose grandparent/parent had a British passport, as well as the Kolpac rulling in the EU. Not sure 3-4 Overseas is the key to this, unless its squad depth and only 2 can be on the field at anyone time.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Alas poor Morgan. He has fallen so far in my esteem of late that I merely regard him as an idiot with few fancy batting tricks. He lost his place after UAE. Was this not enought to get him thinking that maybe he should regard this as a loss rather than an a god sent opportunity to play all of IPL without having to play 1st class games before theEnglish t20. He was never in competition for WI tests, but somehow greased into the ODI's where he did nothing apart from a catch. He did nothing either in IPL apart from ponce around looking pretty for KOlkatha. What a waste. And now he is advocating that the same sad rubbish is played here to glorify the English season. Then no doubt he will be off to play SLPL or some such rubbish. His sort would rather see wall to wall t20 tournaments throughout the year. Does he merit a MIddx contract even, far less an England one? get real Morgan and get help!!!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple on (June 27 2012, 22:52 PM GMT) tbh I'm not sure Hildreth would have got a chance had Levi and Morkel not both been away. That knock really surprised me. I thought once Jos went that was it

  • POSTED BY Juiceoftheapple on | June 27, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    yes like the english prmeier league in football - more foreign stars = better national team. Nonsense. I'd rather see Hildreth hit 100 than Gayle, but the former wouldnt have got the chance if Gayle had been playing. England needs 2 leagues. End of.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Muhtasim13 on (June 27 2012, 11:08 AM GMT) The other thing is the quality of the overseas players. I think it has already gone downhill. Probably no point in bringing in overseas players who are not going to be much better than our homegrown talent

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Munkeymomo on (June 27 2012, 08:55 AM GMT) - I know I'm just an armchair fan but I do get pretty tense when I watch (on Sky) or follow Somerset's scores on ESPN . The other thing is could you get AS passionate about a Somerset/Gloucs combined 11 ? BTW what's happened to Kirby and Alf - they seem to be swapping bowling economies?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @Dashgar on (June 27 2012, 10:33 AM GMT) What is wrong is that Morgan probably gets paid significantly more for warming the bench in IPL than he does for playing for Middx. Maybe Morgan himself could help subsidise all this - pay for some of his IPL mates to come over. Even football clubs are not a sure thing these days and look what's happened to Rangers in Scotland

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @AKS286 on (June 27 2012, 07:16 AM GMT) Why not attach the blame at the individual player rather than the tournament ?The Oz test players played IPL after the WI test series so players can do both if they chose.

  • POSTED BY Mike_in_Exile on | June 27, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Does it matter if England fall behind? T20's main strength is as a club or franchise-based game, not at international level. I'd rather England focus on maintaining their position in test cricket. I am not convinced that English fans would get behind franchises that are not based on traditional county loyalties.

  • POSTED BY agbarron2 on | June 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    If a "franchise" is to be the indulgence of a mega-rich individual then go ahead and let them indulge themselves but don't bust clubs/counties/provinces trying to chase the dragon... Other sports have over spent and gotten into the soup - football being a prime example. Step back and remember that First Class cricket in England only survives based on the income from international cricket as regular FC attendances are akin to two unemployed men and a dog.

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 27, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    @Muhtasim13, two overseas players is more than enough per squad, dont forget there are 'work' rounds for anyone whose grandparent/parent had a British passport, as well as the Kolpac rulling in the EU. Not sure 3-4 Overseas is the key to this, unless its squad depth and only 2 can be on the field at anyone time.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 27, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Alas poor Morgan. He has fallen so far in my esteem of late that I merely regard him as an idiot with few fancy batting tricks. He lost his place after UAE. Was this not enought to get him thinking that maybe he should regard this as a loss rather than an a god sent opportunity to play all of IPL without having to play 1st class games before theEnglish t20. He was never in competition for WI tests, but somehow greased into the ODI's where he did nothing apart from a catch. He did nothing either in IPL apart from ponce around looking pretty for KOlkatha. What a waste. And now he is advocating that the same sad rubbish is played here to glorify the English season. Then no doubt he will be off to play SLPL or some such rubbish. His sort would rather see wall to wall t20 tournaments throughout the year. Does he merit a MIddx contract even, far less an England one? get real Morgan and get help!!!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | June 27, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    WC SEMIFINALISTS WILL BE : INDIA , PAK , SL & WI . ENGLAND WILL NOT BE IN SEMIS .

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 27, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    im not sure what we need to do to make us a better T20 team. do we need to franchise to make us the the top team or make us the WC winners. oh wait we are all of those so in our stumbling bumbling way we have done all that. what can the ipl show well it makes cricketers millionaires and that cannot be a bad thing. but what has it done for india in world T20 look at the icc list which tells you how good. im not anti ipl i watch it now and again similar to the eng T20. its a fun game a starter to the main meal which is test cricket. i wish players playing for eng would just come out and say its to make more money for him and others plain and simple. franchise will not work in the uk as others have said. as a redrose i would never want to join the whiterose and vice versa, or middlesex and surrey, to many old wounds. so leave it as it is, india, aus and whichever country want to do which they think is best for them

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    well done randyoz a thoroughly thought out cricketing reply im proud of you

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | June 27, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    compared to others, English domestic cricket is still the most organized in the world. meddling with it too much wouldn't help at all. Maybe they can allow 3 or 4 foreign players to play in each game, but the changes should stop there. it would be foolish to ruin English cricket by trying to imitate the IPL & Big Bash.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | June 27, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    What is this fixation with T20. What many people don't realise is that by 2018 it will probably have died a death and those fans it was meant to attract, who were not cricket fans, will be looking for the new from of entertainment (probably not cricket related). Yes the franchise system generates money in India ( I hesitate to say it works), but in England people just don't care about cricket as much. Cricket will always play second fiddle to football and the only means of raising the popularity of the sport is by having a particulalry successful test side. The only time I can remember cricket taking centre stage was during Ashes 05. Simply because we were beating the best side in the world. Why should we even pay T20 any interest, it will serve the sport in this country no good. Morgan is simply trying to prop up the IPL and use this as a model, so that his finances will be secure once the ECB scrap his contract. Morgan is not good enough at test cricket so who cares what he thinks.

  • POSTED BY ThirteenthMan on | June 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    Sour grapes from a player who has not made it in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dashgar on | June 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    So what exactly is wrong with cricket in England? Are people not turning up to county cricket? Is their teams struggling in the top format? Is interest in the game waning, is the standard of domestic cricket going down? I would say no. England is currently one of the best places in the world to be a cricketer (and this is coming from an Australian) so if Morgan really doesn't like it he should go back to Ireland. He abandoned his home country to play tests and now he's complaining about a lack of T20.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (June 27 2012, 07:33 AM GMT), I assumed that Morgan had qualified and decided to play for England because he specifically wanted to play Test cricket, which he likely could never do for Ireland. Lately, I'm not so sure. He was obviously disappointing as a Test batsman and then, when dropped, chose to warm the bench in the IPL rather than play the County Championship to try to prove that he deserved another chance. My most charitable interpretation now is that he wanted to play more games and against better opposition whatever the format. He's entitled to his opinion but it does seem to be influenced more by self-interest than concern for the game in England.

  • POSTED BY joseyesu on | June 27, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    In what way England needs to change it's structure...?PUzzling

  • POSTED BY WPDDESILVA on | June 27, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Morgan - You are a falling star too!!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @jmcilhinney buit that isnt the way it works, just look at the EPL and the England Football team. A league that has seen a decrease in the number of top teams, thus this concentration effect, yet english players are squeezed out in favour of the bigger stars, as I'm sure the franchises would use the Kolpac to its utmost, and insist on 4 overseas players, that means as little as 5-6 english qualified players per franchise could play a game. thus you have a pool of 45-56 to pick a squad of 15 from. Concentration of Talent doesnt = Better Talent.

  • POSTED BY Munkeymomo on | June 27, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @mac72 you have hit the nail on the head there, you talk to people around Taunton and they come from all over Devon, Dorset and even Cornwall! They bring their kids along and get them involved but it is a long travel up from Cornwall, I imagine that number would significantly decrease if the franchise settled in Bristol. Also, Wales needs a franchise, otherwise interest there will decline.

    Accessibility is king and the franchise system is a terrible idea for England. Morgan, you wrong.

  • POSTED BY StoneRose on | June 27, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Ridiculous comments as seems usual in relation to English T20 system. A franchise system would not work - close rivalries are one of the best things about it. (e.g.) Glos and Somerset 'hate' each other - could you really see them forming together? Only in England do we hear people wanting to pull apart a system that produces the best team in the world.

  • POSTED BY _myk on | June 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    I think the Twenty20 competition is fine as it is, it doesn't have the biggest 'names' in T20 cricket but because of that ends up a lot more even, with more emphasis on local players and more of a contest between bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY Hammond7249 on | June 27, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Really! His comments seem a bit silly after England (ranked No. 1) beat a West Indian side full of IPL players. To have an IPL type league here would mean having to pay more for the "big" players and doing that will no doubt increase ticket prices to pay for the wages. Plus, young England players may end up getting squeezed out. Please, Cricinfo, no more articles of this sort. It's getting tedious.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    I also wonder if Morgan would be such an IPL fan if the money earned by players was based purely on appearances made

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 27, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @brittop on (June 26 2012, 22:40 PM GMT) - Eng didn't exactly thrash WI. It was nip and tuck til the last 4 overs or so when Eng started getting the RR required down , however I see where you're coming from and agree that a team with the big names in isn't automatically guaranteed a win. Tactics and work ethic also comes into play

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | June 27, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    The fact is, England are the current T20 champions and No.1 ranked in that format.. They are winning most of the T20 games if not all.. England domestic hasa history and they have some of the smallest of grounds-Especially in Somerset like counties which provide good fun eand entertainment for the fans too.. Though not in the magnitude of IPL, English T20 competition was the best until the IPL came in.. Counties are fine with what there is now and the crowd is ok and English team in that format also sits pretty well.. I guess Morgan speaks in terms of money the player earns in the format.. If at all, then it is fine but there is absolutely no necessity for a change in the style as of now..

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | June 27, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    The problem with the franchise proposal is that in England it's not the big city grounds that get full houses and a great atmosphere for T20 fixtures. It's the Tauntons and the Chelmsfords where the format has retained its popularity, and these venues would presumably not even get to host fixtures under a franchise system! Domestic T20 matches at the bigger grounds tend to be played out in a morgue-like atmosphere with lots of empty seats, which would not make for good TV. Meanwhile overseas players are not the draw here in England that they are in India, so the situation with empty seats is not likely to change. We've had the great and the good from overseas playing county cricket for many years, so where's the novelty? Eoin Morgan needs to realise that it's not T20 that matters to English cricket fans, but the Test format - in which he has of course struggled.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | June 27, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    @JG - is it just me or does it seem like he's saying this because he can't break into the other formats and hence wants to make more money from his career? Seems a little 'clutching at straws' for me, especially considering these youngs guys like Bairstow and Hales are coming through.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | June 27, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    i hate T20 and i hate IPL. T20 cricket ruins the game cricket. in current scenario you find no player is hiting double centuries in test no player has the technique to save the test match.due to IPL players are forget their motherland and play for some other countries. player are taking retirement from test cricket in an very early age to play IPL. i think gayle will take the citizenship of India for playing IPL only.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Totally agree with Morgan here..and for those who dont agree just wait for T20 World cup to see how England will struggle

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 27, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding on (June 27 2012, 04:57 AM GMT), "Wouldnt this dilite the Talent pool of 160 odd cricketers to less than 100, thus becoming self defeating in the long run.". I don't necessarily disagree with the point you're making but that is actually concentrating the talent, which is the opposite of diluting. It would mean that a reasonably large proportion of current county cricketers would not be able to play T20. Given that that proportion would not be the ones in the running for national duty anyway, that's no big deal on that front. It also means that the average player would be better and therefore everyone would push each other harder, which would also be a win for the national team as the players would be better prepared for quality opposition.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    What is IPL? All glitz and glamour plus money. Where is cricket in that? T20 originated in England and has continued in an exciting yet respectful way-the way cricket has always been played in England.And England's focus has been, rightly so, on grooming players for test cricket and ODIs.

  • POSTED BY Geeva on | June 27, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Lol Mr Morgan!!Rather concentrate on your first class cricket!!U have major weaknesses which were ruthlessy exposed by Test match bowlers!!I def wont be seeing you in the English Test team for the Ashes!!!!

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | June 27, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    In response to morgan I would ask if there are only to be 9 franchises, assuming they are split along the lines of the regions and international grounds : Manchester (NW), Leeds (NE), Birmingham(West Mid), Nottingham (East Mid), London (SE), Southhampton (South), Durham (North), Bristol(SW). Would london have 2 Franchises? Can anyone seriously see the SCCC & MCCC joining forces to create a sole london franchise? how much does the franchise have to put back into the county game? how is that apportioned? Wouldnt this dilite the Talent pool of 160 odd cricketers to less than 100, thus becoming self defeating in the long run. Also the T20 WILL NEVER compete when the football world cup or Euro championships come round and England are involved.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | June 27, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    To go par with other T20 competitions which are already popular among fans all over as mentioned by Morgan & earlier by Murali, Eng domestic T20 needs drastic changes, otherwise players will also loose interest & will skip these type of competitions in future !!!!

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | June 27, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    can't agree with Morgan at all here. as @yorkshirematt ans @mac72 nicely put it, these glitzy T20 tournaments are fine by me, but they wouldn't work in England: the weather, the traditions, structure and demographics of the English domestic game, and the goals and objectives of English cricket just don't make it a good fit. And that's just fine -- there's no problem with that. I suppose I can see why Morgan would like the game to be structured around the format he excels in, and you can't blame him for that, but it's difficult to make the case that it's holding back the national team when we're World Champions and #1 in the format by some distance... Even if we weren't (and we won't be, soon enough -- the nature of 20/20 cricket it such that no-one will be able to hold on to top spot for long, I think), it wouldn't matter that much.

  • POSTED BY brittop on | June 26, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    You don't need to practice T20 - it's just a slog fest, the short number of overs relieving the batsmen from having to worry about the team being bowled out. Just to prove it, England have just thrashed WI, who on paper have a great T20 team with many IPL stars.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | June 26, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    And says the man who spents all of his time on bench for KKR and doesn't even bother to play a single domestic County cricket to set a place for England Test side. But he's an Irish right; just like KP's mindset. Morgan needs to understand Test Cricket is the real cricket, play in county and set yourself up for a spot in England's test cricket. I had high hopes on Morgan to become Andy Flower esque type player who gonna end up his test career highly.

  • POSTED BY RodStark on | June 26, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    It's interesting that Morgan suggests that the point of domestic T20 competitions is to prepare players for the national team. I think it would be better to get rid of international T20 altogether (except maybe the world cup) and go with franchises. What would be really good would be to have, say, three T20 franchise competitions each year based in England, Australia, and South Africa/West Indies. Have 12 franchises, but keep the same squads throughout. For example, the same team might represent Delhi, Manchester, Perth, and Durban. There could be a lot more international players in the teams with the understanding that not all players could play in all "legs" of the competition when they were required to play for their countries. The teams for each game would be half the international "stars" and half local players. There could be teams from neighbouring countries included, e.g., a NZ team in the Australian competition. (to be continued)

  • POSTED BY mac72 on | June 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Oh and as a further thought, I swear we were told 10 years ago, that no England side could ever compete in any form of the game because there were too many counties with too poor competition. Now we hold the 20/20 World Cup, are the top ranked Test team and are improving in ODI's. Seems the system works to an extent.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Is the IPL run to prepare players for the Indian national T20I team? No. It's run to make money for the TV companies and the franchise owners. The same would be true here.

    Also it would, could, only work financially if the ECB cleared the T20 slot of pointless ODIs. Would they be prepared to kill that cash cow?

  • POSTED BY mac72 on | June 26, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    The reality that cricket in England has to face is that it may not be able to contend with the IPL and Big Bash, but that is because there is a complete difference in the sporting demographics of cricket in England versus that of India and Australia. In both these countries it is the biggest sport, in England football dominates beyond anything else especially in the big cities. That means that a franchise system, based in the city centers, would not necessarily bring a decided increase in fans. For many people attendance at sport matches is not decided by big players, especially when starting as young fan in a country with many competing sports, but is determined by accessibility. As an example, the reason cricket was what obsessed me a kid was probably due to the proximity of a county ground in Taunton You restrict the system to the 8/9 counties in big cities, you lose 30% of your youth market to the more regularly televised, and therefore more accessible, football

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Tony Greig is spot on with his comment. He shares my belief that India and many other countries who put a lot of weight on twenty twenty are destroying proper Cricket. WHen I say proper Cricket, I mean TEST CRICKET! anyone can go out there and flail their bat around in twenty20. We have seen many mediocre batsman who have only had a handful of matches, scoring better in twenty20 than the normal stuff. Morgan failed in test cricket didn;t he? probably why he has now jumped on the twenty20 band wagon because he knows his chances with England are limited and he also knows twenty20 is where the money is.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | June 26, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I sort of see what Morgan is saying having seen some of the games on sky recently the cricket hasn't really been too exciting, the problem is im not sure what can be done to improve the concept. I like the idea in principle of franchises perhaps 6 in Eng 1 in Ire & perhaps a guest team from WI or BBL. Sadly such a competion will always be effected by the weather, there is also the issue of centrally contracted players being released for a tournament for a month each summer this would mean ECB dropping at least one test match from the current calender. Theres also the problem of football every other year we have a major championship being played at the same time and if Eng have qualified the cricket will be secondary for many of those who will be attending games.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 26, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @yorkshirematt - Well said, Absolutely agree with you the fact is that it doesn't really matter what Morgan thinks of English T20 League because it hasn't done any damage to out Cricket even in T20 as we're already the current Number 1 ranked side anyway and its perfectly fine as it is.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 26, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Points already made re county traditions and weather are very valid of why this - if tried - would unlikely succeed and would be a big financial gamble. I think Morgan is unrealistic of his expectations. I admit that Eng are far behind these other leagues in terms of star appeal but trying to copy these leagues could be disastrous. Also I don't think our teams are too far behind ROW. Somerset got to the semis and were hardly embarrassed by the (on paper) hugely superior MI and we had our main T20 overseas player on the opposite side and domestic batsman of the year Tres missing. I'd love to see more of the big overseas names playing in our tournament but I don't like the idea of half the teams as franchises etc and certainly don't want sixes , catches , game changing moments renamed and certainy don't want some bad DJ/MC taking/singing rubbish.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | June 26, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    @Mohammad Irfan on (June 26 2012, 17:52 PM GMT) WI were also favourites - acc to many on these boards - to give Eng a thrashing in the OD/T20 formats with their big guns back and it didn't happen.As I've said elsewhere , any one of the major 8 teams can win the WC this year - Aus have Warner,Hussey,Lee - Ind - Kholi,Dhoni,Sehwag, NZ - Guptil,Ryder,Vettori, Pak - Afridi,Ajmel,Gul, SL - Sanga,Jaya,Malinga , SA - AB,Steyn,Morkels , WI - Gayle,Bravo,Pollard - all have individual players who are capable of singlehandedly winning matches for their countries.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | June 26, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Morgan wants more focus on T20 because 1. he's good at it and 2. he wants to make more money. Hopefully England will keep its priorities where they are now.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    The only way I could be convinced that a franchise system was a good idea, would be if the matches were screen on terrestrial TV, in order to bolster the popularity of the sport with casual sports viewers. Besides that, I don't see how a miss-match of overpaid 'veterans' and full-time T20 players would do much to improve the currently system. Morgan himself is a product of the English T20 system, complete with a dodgy test record, and he looks to be one of the best limited-overs players in the world.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    There's all this talk of the English T20 tournament falling behind, but compared to IPL the fielding in England is much better, and there are far more opportunities afforded to younger players. We've seen the likes of Jos Buttler and Alex Hales coming through after the experience of playing in England, had they been playing in a franchise system they may not have ever been afforded a match. The current batch of young English T20 players don't seem any worse than the players other nations have developed, if anything they seem more talented.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    No IPL but the 20/20 WC's!

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | June 26, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I think Morgan is gently, tactfully suggesting, that Eng became no.1 in rests only when other top nations shifted their priority to T20

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    what a contrast, one england former player Tony Greig is saying that India is destroying cricket because of too much IPL and current england player is saying that change T2020 format in England to make it look like IPL and BB.

    I believe that every body is jealous of what India has achieved with IPL. Wo ho India you are doing great job here. keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Optic on | June 26, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    We are that far behind that we're world champions and No1 in the format by some distance, just because we don't have has many second rate Aussies and as much glitz and glamor as the IPL doesn't mean a thing. Where are India in the Twenty20 rankings, oh yes near the bottom.

  • POSTED BY Riversider91 on | June 26, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Comments like these are so short sighted it's unreal. Basically Morgan saying that he wants to Gamble with the entire Financial structure of the game in this Country just so he and guys like Pietersen can make a quick Buck. Someone can't see either how much Crowds in our T20 Competition have nose-dived in the last 2/3 years so what reason is thier to believe an English IPL will even make it past a first season?

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Wow !! i heard it first time in almost 2 decades that West Indies are one of the favourites to win a major tournament like world cup. Really nice to hear and i am also think they have a gud chance to win this time. If they'll play to their potential i dont think there is any team is near to their level in this shorter format.

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 26, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    England should do more competitive their T-20 league.

  • POSTED BY CricFin on | June 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Sky TV contract & journlists are big hurdle for league model

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | June 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Well I think you should play cricket for your own country! Oh sorry, I forgot.... Morgan is only concerned with the money he can generate. He should have been an accountant!

  • POSTED BY subbass on | June 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Nice idea but never going to happen, there is too much tradition with the County sides for franchise style teams. And as he says we are number 1 and holders of the trophy - for now at least ! - so we must be doing something right and T20 is still the least important international trophy/ranking imo.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    I'm not really bothered although clearly the players are. These big T20 tournaments have their place, but it's not here. Our county traditions mean too much to us. Also the weather has to play a big part. It would just be a farce here if we have a summer like this one, where very few matches would be played.

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  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 26, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    I'm not really bothered although clearly the players are. These big T20 tournaments have their place, but it's not here. Our county traditions mean too much to us. Also the weather has to play a big part. It would just be a farce here if we have a summer like this one, where very few matches would be played.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | June 26, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Nice idea but never going to happen, there is too much tradition with the County sides for franchise style teams. And as he says we are number 1 and holders of the trophy - for now at least ! - so we must be doing something right and T20 is still the least important international trophy/ranking imo.

  • POSTED BY funkyandy on | June 26, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Well I think you should play cricket for your own country! Oh sorry, I forgot.... Morgan is only concerned with the money he can generate. He should have been an accountant!

  • POSTED BY CricFin on | June 26, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Sky TV contract & journlists are big hurdle for league model

  • POSTED BY MasudRUETeee091040 on | June 26, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    England should do more competitive their T-20 league.

  • POSTED BY on | June 26, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Wow !! i heard it first time in almost 2 decades that West Indies are one of the favourites to win a major tournament like world cup. Really nice to hear and i am also think they have a gud chance to win this time. If they'll play to their potential i dont think there is any team is near to their level in this shorter format.

  • POSTED BY Riversider91 on | June 26, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Comments like these are so short sighted it's unreal. Basically Morgan saying that he wants to Gamble with the entire Financial structure of the game in this Country just so he and guys like Pietersen can make a quick Buck. Someone can't see either how much Crowds in our T20 Competition have nose-dived in the last 2/3 years so what reason is thier to believe an English IPL will even make it past a first season?

  • POSTED BY Optic on | June 26, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    We are that far behind that we're world champions and No1 in the format by some distance, just because we don't have has many second rate Aussies and as much glitz and glamor as the IPL doesn't mean a thing. Where are India in the Twenty20 rankings, oh yes near the bottom.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | June 26, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    what a contrast, one england former player Tony Greig is saying that India is destroying cricket because of too much IPL and current england player is saying that change T2020 format in England to make it look like IPL and BB.

    I believe that every body is jealous of what India has achieved with IPL. Wo ho India you are doing great job here. keep it up.

  • POSTED BY anuradha_d on | June 26, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I think Morgan is gently, tactfully suggesting, that Eng became no.1 in rests only when other top nations shifted their priority to T20