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The England and Wales Cricket Board looks to have shelved its’ proposal to move to an eight ‘franchise’ Twenty20 tournament until 2019.
The controversial proposal was met with resistance from a number of counties, as well as dividing opinion among supporters, as the game’s governing body looked at ways to maximize the formats potential, both in terms of fan interest and perhaps more importantly revenues, as they seek to plug the financial holes in the English domestic game.
With a little over three years until the the tournament, and perhaps crucially the broadcast rights for English cricket, will be discussed again, the ECB’s commitments to the T20 Blast must now be as assured as the counties who defended it.
Proposed changes to the English Twenty20 tournament came in to sharp focus over the weekend, as Sky submitted a £40 million bid to secure the broadcast rights.
The proposal not only sees more of the media giant’s money dangled in front of the ECB, but also a radical change from the tournament’s current format and the knock on effect it could have on the rest of the domestic game.
But is such a massive overhaul really needed?