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Caddick raises Twenty20 concerns

Somerset celebrate winning the Twenty20 Cup in 2005
Caddick took two prize wickets to help Somerset win the 2005 Twenty20 Cup

Somerset and former England fast bowler Andy Caddick fears Twenty20 cricket is fast approaching saturation point.

Next season will see the advent of the English Premier League alongside a Twenty20 League, which will increase demands on players and fans alike.

"The one thing that concerns me is the amount of Twenty20 we're going to play," Caddick, 40, told BBC Somerset.

"That needs to be re-addressed. Too much Twenty20 means crowds will pick and choose what games they come to."

In the first season of Twenty20 cricket in 2003, each county played five group games before the competition moved on to a showpiece day that incorporated semi-finals and the final.

This season the group stages have been split into two blocks, each county will play at least 10 games and after a total of 90 matches there are a further four quarter-finals before the finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday, 15 August.

And next year there will be an overhaul of the English domestic game based on market research that suggested fans wanted to watch more Twenty20 cricket.


The EPL will be staged in June, while there will be a Twenty20 League, replacing the Pro40, in July, August and September, with games to be staged primarily on Friday nights.

And Caddick, who helped Somerset win Twenty20 silverware in 2005, says an increase in the amount of action could seriously endanger the full houses that have become the norm at Twenty20 Cup games in recent years.

"We're not going to have that situation we had when it first came with families saying we've got to get there," added the Somerset paceman and former England international.

"We need to be careful of that to make sure we don't spoil it for future generations who want to come down to watch the game."

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see also
Waller spins Somerset to victory
25 May 09 |  Counties
Caddick targets Somerset return
26 May 09 |  Somerset
New-look English Twenty20 agreed
16 Jul 08 |  Counties
Somerset collect Twenty20 prize
30 Jul 05 |  Counties

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