Lancashire Cricket Club backs new competition
Lancashire Cricket Club backs new eight-team domestic competition
Lancashire Cricket Club Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE has given his reaction following the ECB’s announcement today regarding its proposed approach for the new eight-team domestic competition - starting in 2020.
The Club looks forward to progressing the new concept which will play a key role in growing the game globally and nationally and will attract, as well as bring back, supporters to a game that is about to commence a hugely exciting, progressive and invigorating phase in the next few years.
The competition will be based on the simple format of 100 balls for each team and received overwhelming support at today’s meeting at Lord’s following unanimous support by the board of the new competition.
In February, it was announced that Emirates Old Trafford will be one of eight hosts for the new competition, that will also see the return of live English domestic cricket to free-to-air television for the first time since the 2005 Ashes.
David Hodgkiss OBE, Chairman at Lancashire Cricket Club, who was at the ECB meeting today when it was formally announced, said: “We’re very supportive of this hugely innovative concept, which aims to lead the way in the world of cricket. The structure and format is massively progressive, and clearly differentiates itself from the existing formats, with the view to attracting new audiences, which has been the ECB’s hope all along.
“We’re proud to be part of the competition as the only host venue in the North West here at Emirates Old Trafford, and look forward to its development over the coming months.”
The 100-ball concept has been discussed and supported by the ECB Board, the representative T20 Development Group and ECB’s T20 Governance Group and will now be further developed. It has been welcomed by broadcasters and player representatives – both men and women – have been consulted.
The Club looks forward to liaising with the ECB and competition organisers over the coming months to understand their plans for the development of the teams, their own branding and names, of which the ECB will own directly.
As and when the detail and plans progress, the Club will keep its Members' and supporters updated.