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Glamorgan support Twenty20 revamp


Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has backed proposals to create a new Twenty20 competition in Britain.

The Indian Premier League and rebel Indian Cricket League have set a new standard for the game and Russell believes it should be embraced.

"We have two things going for us: one is that in June the only place that cricket is played is England and Wales," Russell told BBC Sport Wales.

"Secondly, all the players around the world are available."

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke has opposed any plans to merge the 18 first-class counties into "city franchises" as adopted in India.


Russell says there would be no opposition from Glamorgan should they still go down that route, but says he would be equally happy if the counties remain as individual teams.

"They haven't lost their traditional structure in India, they've supplemented it with another structure for a very short period of time," Russell added.

"So we wouldn't lose Glamorgan, we wouldn't lose Yorkshire, we would have - for a short period of time - a different structure for a specific competition.

"Personally I don't think that will happen; the chairman of the ECB [Clarke] went on record saying that any structure for any Twenty20 competition would be based on the counties."

American billionaire Sir Allen Stanford told BBC Sport last Thursday he was ready to invest heavily in an English version of the IPL, which he felt could be worth as much as 500m.

see also
Counties split on Twenty20 idea
29 Apr 08 |  Cricket
Cumbes favours new Twenty20 plan
25 Apr 08 |  Lancashire
England close to Twenty20 revamp
25 Apr 08 |  England
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales

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