The Cricket Paper - - OPINION -

NEWS that coun­ties have be­gun to ques­tion some of the thornier de­tails of the new ‘all singing, all danc­ing’ T20 pro­posed by the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board in 2020 comes as lit­tle sur­prise.

Part of the prob­lem is that smaller grounds feel they will be fur­ther marginalised once the host­ing venues, al­most cer­tainly those with the big­gest sta­dia, have been de­cided.

Sud­denly, the £1.3m a year sweet­ener clubs signed up to does not look that gen­er­ous, given that host­ing clubs will be paid £150,000 a year and al­lowed to keep 30 per cent of rev­enues made dur­ing matches.

It looks, from some an­gles, as if the new T20 is lit­tle more than a debt re­duc­tion scheme for the Test match coun­ties, some of which have got them­selves into fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

Aside from the £1.1bn broad­cast­ing deal from 2020, which is largely pred­i­cated on this new T20 com­pe­ti­tion, there is much that needs sort­ing be­fore this has the good­will of all coun­ties and can take flight.

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