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Cumbes favours new Twenty20 plan

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Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes believes the proposal to establish an English version of cricket's Indian Premier League will benefit the game.

American billionaire Sir Allen Stanford has confirmed he is willing to invest in the Twenty20 tournament, should it get off the ground.

"The idea of a Premier League is a good one," Cumbes told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"It should be based on the football model because we can learn from them as to how money is distributed."

I'm not terribly comfortable with the regional plan

Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes

One idea is for Lancashire, Yorkshire and Durham all to join forces, creating a regional team system, but Cumbes is not convinced.

"I'm not terribly comfortable with the regional plan. I suppose I would say that coming from a county like Lancashire, and I would think Yorkshire would be in the same boat.

"I can see it working for some of the smaller counties, like in the East Midlands with Leicester and Derby."

Sean Morris, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, feels having 18 county sides would restrict the development of the format.


But Cumbes reckons having city-based sides such as Manchester and London could be one option.

"I can certainly see that working because we're looking at something separate. We're not looking at merging it into the county set-up. This is something completely different.

"I think we should be looking at everything. But I do think the city idea is a way forward. I don't buy the idea that because it's a Manchester team people from Blackburn, Bolton and Stockport won't support it."

A further concept idea is that Indian franchise teams could join the English Premier League.

Cumbes said: "It is a possibility. I can see there being a global competition at some stage, but I'm not sure if I'd buy the idea of Indian sides being involved in a domestic competition.

"I think we're strong enough to run our own competition, bearing in mind you'd want that to be supplemented by some overseas stars."

see also
England close to Twenty20 revamp
25 Apr 08 |  England
English game may follow IPL lead
23 Apr 08 |  England

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