Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Champions 'Unable to Support' New T20 Cup Plan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Champions 'Unable to Support' New T20 Cup Plan

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Cricket Correspondent

MIDDLESEX have become the first county to oppose the ECB'S plans for a city-based Twenty20 tournament.

The county champions are tenants at Lord's, meaning they fear they would not receive as much income from the new competition as their rivals who own their grounds.

Sussex, Somerset, Yorkshire and Leicestershire have already confirmed they will endorse the constitutional change required to pave the way for the eight-team competition, which is expected to launch in 2020 and which will not involve all 18 first-class counties.

Following an AGM yesterday, Middlesex chairman Mike O'Farrell said: "While Middlesex is fully supportive of the creation of a new T20 tournament to drive the future of the game, we are currently unable to support this proposal.

"Middlesex has a unique position in playing at a ground likely to be a host venue at the tournament, yet not benefiting from the revenues associated with that status. …

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