England's T20 competition needs an overhaul: Muttiah Muralitharan

Muttiah Muralitharan feels the current T20 format in England is old fashioned and it would augur well if they make amendments Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Jun 12, 2012

Legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan feels England needs to overhaul its current domestic T20 format to match its worldwide equivalents.

Muralitharan feels the current T20 format in England is old fashioned and it would augur well if they make amendments.

He said, “I think they need a big change. They introduced it worldwide but now England is old-fashioned.”

The current T20 format in England allows 18 county sides featuring two foreign players. There are three groups which play 10 games before entering the knock-out stages, formed out of the top two in the groups and the two best performing third placed teams.

The 40-year old spinner was quoted by BBC Sport s website as saying, “They need to change and become franchised teams and each county would benefit financially.

“If it happens like that it would be huge in England. I think the market is there, and the TV rights will come.

“Bangladesh launched it big and their crowds have been 30-40,000 for every match. Australia has merged into eight franchises rather than the teams so I think England should also do that and it could equal IPL.”

Muralitharan feels believes merging the two counties to become a t20 franchise could be beneficial.

“That would be good as they are close counties and they would benefit financially,” he said. “At the end of the day the public will see good cricket and enjoy it. Money will be spinning from the competition and they can sustain the other forms of the game within county cricket.”

He added, “It would be one of the best things to happen if they do that. It will make sure the competition is more successful than what it is now.”