New T20 eight city break tournament announced
The biggest shake-up in county cricket history was launched earlier this week. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have planned a new eight-city Twenty20 (T20) franchise competition.
This new tournament could “absolutely rival the Indian Premier League” the ECB chief Tom Harrison says.
On Monday 27 March, 18 counties voted to allow the controversial plan, aimed at rivalling the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash. The tournament is planned to begin in 2020.
The competition will be played over 36 matches in 38 days in high summer, with eight games on terrestrial TV.
New city franchises will be able to field the world’s biggest T20 stars, though England players such as Joe Root and Ben Stokes are unlikely to figure because of the clash with Test cricket.
ECB chief Tom Harrison has launched a passionate defence of the new and insisted he is not gambling with English cricket’s future.