ICC looks to tighten screw to T20 franchise and T10 leagues
Since Indian Premier League overflowed the profit margin, ICC member nations have been launching new franchise leagues which is increasingly becoming a threat to international fixture.
World’s cricket governing body International Cricket Council, on Wednesday, revealed they will discuss ways to restrict the emergence of brand new franchise T20 leagues and T10 leagues in future. The issue, however, will be discussed on board’s meeting on October 20.
Geoff Allardice, general manager of cricket for the International Cricket Council (ICC), said the matter would be discussed at the body’s board meeting in Singapore on October 20.
“One of the things we will be talking about in our meeting next week is around regulations and sanctioning of events and also the release of players (for leagues),” Allardice told media.
“So you look at all of the documentation and the ownership structures and how the league is going to be funded and all these types of things and then you provide approval.
“It’s not just going to be an open door for any promoter to come in. I think it will be a bit harder to get sanctions in the future and any tournament would need both the support of the home country and the ICC,” he said.
Allardice also backed franchise leagues as these facilitates promoting cricket in new horizons.
He, therefore, said, “It’s a balance because the leagues can be a good vehicle for promoting cricket in new countries: there was a tournament in Canada not so long ago. That gave some cricket fans the chance to see some elite cricketers. It could be a good step but the league has also got to be good for the game.”