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David Gower: 100’s not too little, but too late


DAVID GOWER believes the England & Wales Cricket Board’s proposed 100-ball competition is being launched a decade too late.

The former England captain welcomes the innovative format, due to start in 2020, but reckons the ECB may have acted too late to rival the success of the T20 Indian Premier League, which launched in 2008.

‘In many ways you could say that this new competition is going to be 12 years out of date before it starts,’ said Gower.

‘The ECB had the opportunity to be at the forefront of Twenty20. This competition could have started and been competing with the IPL from the outset.

‘But for various reasons, which you have to respect, it’s taken this long to get under way. The idea of making this different has validity, because another T20 competition added to the world’s crowded schedule, and the English summer’s crowded schedule, would have been just that. The shorter the game, the likelihood is you’ll have close games, so it will be interesting.’

The Professional Cricketers’ Association, though, has voiced some reservations.

‘The major concern of players is around the lack of information and clarity regarding the new tournament,’ said a statement.

‘While members are very positive about the influx of extra money coming into the game, players are concerned about the uncertainty on signing county contracts beyond 2019.’

PCA chairman Daryl Mitchell, said: ‘A lot of questions remain unanswered. This is a concern.’

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