Caribbean Premier League chief warns England Cricket Board

England have the Twenty20 Blast involving all 18 first-class counties.

Trinbago Knight Riders were the winners of CPL 2017. ( NewsDay)

The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) have challenged the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that if ECB’s planned new T20 tournament clash with the CPL, then there will be little chances of it to succeed.

It will be an eight-team city-based tournament, which is expected to get underway in 2020. Though ECB are yet to finalize the schedule, there are chances of it could clash with the August-September timeframe in which the CPL is currently played.

As per AFP, Hero CPL Chief Operating Officer Pete Russell told reporters at the 2018 draft in London on Thursday, “We are a unique tournament. We are played across so many countries. You are always going to come up against challenges. The English one is a good example. Yes, they might be bigger and bolder but, from a player pool perspective, I don't think it's going to be too much different.”

Russell further added on the same, “That's the challenge the ECB have -- if they clash with the CPL, which is likely, then how will they, as they say they want to, become the biggest T20 tournament in the world? You are not going to do that -- because we are going to be sharing players and our (team) owners are very ambitious, as are we."

He also believes that there is no sense to be overlapping the tournament as each T20 event needs to establish its own window in an already set-up fixture schedule.

Russell went to further explain, “So you'll get to a state where we are going to have good players, obviously they are going to have good players, but they are not going to have the best. I think it's important that T20 leagues around the world understand actually it doesn't make sense to be overlapping. There are too many T20 leagues so somewhere, somehow, we've all got to come together to work out our own windows.”

Meanwhile, legendary English cricketer Geoffrey Boycott called it a stupidity in his Daily Telegraph column. He wrote, “How stupid is that? No country in the world has two T20 competitions.”

By Rashmi Nanda - 03 Mar, 2018

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