Can the ‘P20’ match the IPL?

April 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm 2 comments

The ECB have announced plans for a new two division twenty20 tournament to be held mid summer of 2010. The two division tournament likely to be called P20, will comprise of 9 teams in each division with 3 promoted and three relegated and will determine qualification for the Champion’s League. The current twenty20 tournament (2020 Cup) will remain but has been pushed back to the end of the domestic summer. Further details of dates, overseas players will be discussed and announced soon. The ECB is keen to cash in on the rise of interest of twenty20 cricket with two tournaments. With the IPL already in operation and the possible launch of the Southern Hemisphere twenty20 league and the APL, is there too much twenty20 cricket?

The format
The ‘P20′ has taken a different approach to the successful 1 division format and Franchise of the IPL. The ECB members were keen to reject the idea of a city twenty20 league that merges teams based on location (e.g. London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, etc), due to the fact that revenue streams are likely to be more benefit to the counties with test hosting status as they will hold the matches for their respective City. The format they have adopted sees the regular 18 counties competing in two divisions, with three promotions and relegations and a Champions League place for the winner. The IPL format has been successful but more with only 9 teams, is a necessity. The new format of the P20 is likely to throw up huge excitement with more to play for.

Overseas players
The overseas players have a contract with the IPL and the appeal of playing alongside the worlds best players is a huge draw. However, the IPL has so far failed to catch and maintain audiences outside of India, as demonstrated by the dwindling attendance to the IPL games. The problem being, the restriction of each team to just four overseas players. That reduces the number of stars on show, and prevents the chance for fans to see their favourite players on show. For the P20 to be successful they must learn from this and increase the number of overseas players within the squad, even if this reduces the opportunities for younger players as they will get a chance in the other twenty20 tournament. This in turn can attract IPL players, most of whom may be frustrated at limited playing opportunities in the IPL. The appeal of playing in England is also a draw for top international players. The IPL has top international players contracted to them and so it would be difficult to attract players to play in the P20 when they are also playing IPL.

The date has been set as mid season for the P20; further details will be released soon. Mid season could be referring to June/ July, a look at the international calendar during that period shows that England have a test series with Bangladesh, followed by ODIs with Australia, and then a test series with West Indies in July. Surely, the first edition of the P20 won’t fail to even include the top English players. Also at this time, the South African’s are in the West Indies, with the Indian’s possibly in Zimbabwe. That also reduces the number of players even further. However, the Australian’s will be in the country at the time and this may be an appealing experience for them. The Mid season timing of the P20 could follow the end of the IPL. Would players really want to play another twenty20 tournament straight after competing in the IPL? It looks unlikely.

Difficult to tell so soon but will become a bit clearer one the ECB announce further details. There are still a huge number off issues to overcome and the way the ECB overcome these problems will dictate the success of the P20. Reports are suggesting that the ECB are keen to have a higher number of overseas players compared to the IPL. That would be the first step in producing a successful tournament. The potential is there for a successful tournament. The IPL is likely to grow in popularity but it’s growth will be restricted outside of South Africa. The P20 has more of a chance to be successful overseas as the success of the Barclays Premier League overseas has shown. The excitement levels of the IPL are currently quite low, producing more short burst of entertainment rather than sustained enjoyment. The IPL is into its second season but fortunately for the ECB the IPL hasn’t got away from the likely competition.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Danny  |  January 13, 2010 at 10:57 am

    England cricket is worser than Indian cricket !

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