Joe Root backs free-to-air television for ECB’s T20



The England and Wales Cricket Board announced recently that they would press ahead with their plans for an eight-team competition from 2020 onwards.

And giving his opinion on the said league, England Test captain Joe Root believes the exposure of English cricket’s new city-based Twenty20 tournament on free-to-air television is vital for its success.

According to report on Daily Mail online, Root thinks the tournament needs to be broadcast on terrestrial television for it to emulate the likes of the Big Bash League in Australia.

‘I think it would be a very good idea,’ the Yorkshireman told BBC Radio 5 live.
‘I haven’t really had much chance to read through it, but it’s great to see it has been given some thought. You look at other competitions in the world and they have been successful.
‘It would make a huge difference. The coverage we are given by Sky is exceptional. They are fantastic, and continue to be fantastic.

‘It is very important the public are given an opportunity to see cricket at a national level, on free-to-air TV. It will be interesting to see how things pan out and what decisions are made.’