England and Wales Cricket Board has decided to move away from traditional city-based franchisee system for its new T20 cricket league. None of the eight teams to take part in the proposed league will be named after the city of its base.
The eight teams will also not be linked to any of the 18 county teams, which currently take part in the first class domestic competition in England.
According to a London Times report, the ECB has decided that, unlike in the IPL and BBL, the teams will not be named after either the city, county or venue at which they are based. The decision is made with a view to generating wider fan support for the team beyond the city or the county where they are based. This will reportedly also the games to be moved around the country more easily.
The league, according to the times report, will be played on the Lord’s, the Oval, the Ageas Bowl, Edgbaston, Trent Bridge, Cardiff, Old Trafford and Headingley.
In April last year, the ECB had amended its draft constitution with an overwhelming majority to pave the way forty eight-team domestic league – a rival to the most successful Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash League. The league will feature 36 games in a likely 38-day summer window.