Graves: T20 will change the game of cricket

Ma­jor­ity vote gives new con­test the green light

The Cricket Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Joshua Peck

THE new, much talked about, city-fran­chise T20 tour­na­ment will be­gin in three years’ time after be­ing given the go ahead by ECB mem­bers.

With 31 out of 41 votes needed in favour of the com­pe­ti­tion that is set to start in 2020, Mid­dle­sex and Es­sex voted against, while Kent ab­stained from vot­ing. All other mem­bers voted pos­i­tively.

The new tour­na­ment, which will run along­side the ex­ist­ing T20 Blast, will have just eight teams with all games tele­vised in­clud­ing sig­nif­i­cant free-to-air ex­po­sure.

It’s not yet known which ci­ties will have teams, or where the games will be played but ECB chair­man Colin Graves is con­fi­dent the new com­pe­ti­tion is good for the growth of the game in this coun­try.

Graves said: “I pas­sion­ately be­lieve that the game has cho­sen the right path. Each of our mem­bers will ben­e­fit and, crit­i­cally, so will the whole game.

“We can now move on with build­ing an ex­cit­ing new com­pe­ti­tion for a new au­di­ence to com­ple­ment our ex­ist­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

“Our clear am­bi­tion is that this new com­pe­ti­tion will sit along­side the IPL and Big Bash League as one of the world’s ma­jor cricket tour­na­ments.”

Es­sex voted against the new com­pe­ti­tion due to con­cerns it would “ex­clude” cer­tain ar­eas of the coun­try, with them­selves, Kent and Sus­sex likely to miss out should there be two Lon­don teams, as ex­pected.

Mid­dle­sex said no for a sim­i­lar rea­son, with the cur­rent county cham­pi­ons feel­ing they would not ben­e­fit fi­nan­cially from their Lord’s home be­ing a likely base for one of the teams. But Graves said all coun­ties will ben­e­fit.

He added: “The ECB ex­ec­u­tive and T20 de­vel­op­ment team will now con­tinue to work with the game as we build the new com­pe­ti­tion, en­sure it is po­si­tioned dis­tinc­tively from our ex­ist­ing com­pe­ti­tions and re­alise its full po­ten­tial.

“All de­ci­sions – in­clud­ing the cre­ation and base of each team – will be made within the game, guided by our shared strat­egy and built on best prac­tice, re­search and in­sight.

“The ben­e­fits it will bring can de­liver a sus­tain­able fu­ture for all 18 first-class coun­ties and an ex­cit­ing fu­ture for the game in Eng­land and Wales.”

Ex­cited: Colin Graves

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