Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Time to Climb aboard Twenty20 Bandwagon

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Time to Climb aboard Twenty20 Bandwagon

Article excerpt

CRICKET is engulfed in a sweeping period of upheaval at home and abroad like none other in the history of the game.

As Twenty20 cricket sweeps aside all other formats of the game in a worldwide blitzkrieg, the board members of Cricket Australia (CA) were late yesterday locked behind closed doors to consider a shake-up of the game like Australia has never seen.

At issue was whether to allow private ownership of domestic Twenty20 teams in the Big Bash, in a similar format to the highly successful Indian Premier League.

The traditional, State, six-team competition is scheduled to expand to eight teams next year and rumours are strong that two cashed-up, well-established IPL franchises are keen to join the contest.

Among the Indian names mentioned is Adani Group, a construction company that has a strong presence in Australia, and Jay Mehta a co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders.

The addition of the two Indian teams would result in a massive financial windfall for CA, with each having to pay a king's ransom to be admitted to the competition. …

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