What would Twenty20 look like in the future in England? Cities, regions, or just plain old counties as it
is now? The last options seems entirely unworkable given the amount of money in the IPL and ICL. Is this, finally, the end of the counties' hold over English cricket? Q digs into the not-so-ancient history of Twenty20 cricket:
What I am going to delve into is what took place in Leicester, England in September 2005 - It was the International 20-20 Club Championship.
was an idea that originated from Leicestershire with the backing of
some Asian investors interested in cricket. The idea was to hold a
20-20 championship between the domestic 20-20 champions from around the
Will settles on regions as the best idea, because cities couldn't be inclusive enough:
We can forget 18 counties being involved. That much we know. And I’m
not in favour of city-based franchises either as this will inevitably
lead to some cities and towns being left out, or merged with a
neighbour. For example, thinking purely geographically, Gloucestershire
and Glamorgan would presumably be combined…but as what? Bristol or
Cardiff? Exclude one and you’re effectively ruling out 50% of the
England and Wales Cricket Board.
Regionalisation seems a fair and simple solution...
The BBC carries a story on splits within the counties on this question. AYALAC celebrates the climb-down from Giles Clarke.
And, lastly, those well known comedians in the Lok Sabha, pass the time discussing Twenty20:
And then came his questions,
"Where are the funds coming from? Should cricket lose its nobility? Should
gambling and betting be allowed in such an open manner."
The verbal jousting between the Speaker and Dasgupta went on for a couple of more minutes
only to the delight of the House, with Chatterjee telling the CPI leader,
"Afraid of you, the finance minister has fled." And as soon as Dasgupta had
finished, finance minister P Chidambaram returned to his
Dasgupta retaliated by saying, "I used to play cricket." The
Speaker, however, had the last word, asking, "Why did you not continue?" The
House had a good laugh before taking up the serious issue of the Finance