US team to appear in Twenty 20 English Premier League?

November 21, 2008 at 10:41 am 1 comment


There could be a US based team competing in the Twenty 20 English Premier League which is to be launched in 2010. According to reports in the Daily Telegraph, the ECB have held discussions with a New York based investment company, Sports Capital Partners Worldwide (SCPW). The report states that Durham Chairman Clive Leach, ‘a close ally of ECB chairman Giles Clarke, met with representatives in New York this week.

Sports Capital Partners Worldwide were one of the investors who expressed
an interest in the proposal for a nine – team franchise EPL, which was rejected. However, SCPW are thought to be keen to join Sir Allen Stanford as American investors in support of the 20 team EPL. The 18 counties will be playing in the two – division tournament, along with the Stanford Superstars, with one spot remaining to be filled.

The ECB are keen to push this deal forward to raise the appeal of the twenty
20 game in the US. The US are thought to be a large market that has yet to
be “tapped”, and are keen for US backing to raise the popularity of the game worldwide. The US has been difficult to break into because of the presence of the USA Cricket Association, which is in such a mess, and has been
banned by the ICC twice before. By having talks with SCPW, the ECB are prepared to bypass the USACA and go straight to SCPW.

Read the Daily Telegraph article here

Read the Cricinfo article here

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  • 1. Chelsea fc  |  November 21, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    This will not happen. You know why it will never happen, because it’s the ENGLISH Premier League. That and they would just get relegated the first year in the top flight and they’d be in the lower leagues of England.

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