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Old 25th December 2011, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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High Hopes for English Premier League

After seeing the immediate success of the KFC T20 Big Bash, the English Cricket Board has decided to impliment a new competition to capitalise on the growing market for Franchise based Twenty20. The new, 15-team English Premier League is set to contain the finest players from England and abroad in a star-studded thriller of a competition at the height of summer.

"In the last couple of years, there has been definite Twenty20 overkill," says expert Mike Selvey, a writer from the Guardian. "This new format will pit the best players in the country against each other in an exciting competition that is simply made for the media-driven 21st century." With million-pound teams in every corner of the UK, it is clear to see what the public interest is focussed on. However, some people doubt the long term viability of the competition.

The top grounds in England have all been guarenteed franchises, but this could mean heartache for the smaller stadiums across the country.

This new look league may end up alienating as many people as it excites, with some county grounds like Chelmsford, Derby, Canterbury and Worcester finding themselves without teams, these county cricket boards could find themselves in even deeper financial trouble than before. The ECB is handing out compensation to those grounds affected by being omitted from the fixture list, but only a successful tournament can possibly silence the critics who say that the ECB has moved away from everything the public holds dear.
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Old 25th December 2011, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 26th December 2011, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow! Its awesome!
And the smaller venues can be alternating home grounds for nearest places with teams. Or they can be used for hosting neutral matches, which again changes the format.
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Old 26th December 2011, 11:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Big Names Flocking to England

The English Premier League is soon to be underway, and we can already reveal that some of the biggest names in cricket are lined up and ready to excite what are tipped to be record crowds. Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, proprietor of countless records is set to grace the competition, saying that "It is my duty to take part in such an event - I will do everything I can to make it a success.

He will be joined by the likes of Dave Warner, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Shahid Afridi, just a few of the players who have taken the shortest form of the game by storm. The tournament has also been arranged so that an absolute minimum of players will be unavailable due to national commitments. "The only internationals to coincide with the Premier League," Andrew Strauss confirms, "will be the second England-South Africa test match and the Scotland ODI." This is certainly good news for cricket fans, because it means that top class players will be available throughout the tournament.

Players like veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar and T20 superstar Shahid Afridi could be on the scorecards.

It is certainly a long time since the 1980s, when every domestic team would have at least two top class overseas stars: Sussex with Imran Khan and Garth Le Roux; Nottinghamshire with Richard Hadlee and Clive Rice; Somerset with Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and Joel Garner. Now we can look forward to similar examples of class players permeating the English scene, because each county will be allowed to field not one or two but five overseas players at a time. The media say that this will dilute English talent, but one player who may have lost his place to an overseas player seems happy with the arrangement. "I will be able to learn new things about my game by getting to know global superstars," says James Vince. "To be able to learn from the likes of Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting is a dream come true for me, and it will give me some idea of what I have to do to earn myself an EPL contract next year."
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Old 26th December 2011, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Wow! This looks damn great. English cricket ftw!!
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Old 26th December 2011, 12:22 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the feedback, guys
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Old 26th December 2011, 01:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old 26th December 2011, 01:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I dont think in the end BCCI will allow Sachin Tendulkar to play. The teams are hell loadz so we could see them divided into groupps
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Old 27th December 2011, 01:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Tournament Struscture Confirmed

With the English Premier League set to kick off soon, the ECB has today confirmed that the fifteen franchises will be split geographically into three conferences. Each team will play four games, including two home and two away matches, and the top two from each conference will go forwards to the next stage.

Conference Stage Fixtures
1 v 2 3 v 4 5 v 1 2 v 3 4 v 5 1 v 3 5 v 2 4 v 1 3 v 5 2 v 4
Channel 5 Analyst, Simon Hughes, says that the competition structure makes sense: "Twenty20 is aimed at a family market, and it makes no sense to arrange the matches so that to get to an away evening match, a family would have to take the whole day out of school and work. Instead, the vast majority of these fixtures will be within an hour's drive." When he is asked what he thinks it will mean for the competition, Hughes says, "it reminds me of the formative years of the Twenty20 Cup, the first and best Twenty20 competition.

Local fixtures will mean that more away spectators will be able to support their teams - it also means less travelling for the elder statesmen of the competition.

After the teams have qualified through the conference stage, there will be a Super Six stage. Points will be carried forward from the Conference stage, so again there will be two home, two away matches for each team.

Super Six Fixtures South 1st v North 1st North 2nd v Central 1st Central 2nd v South 2nd Central 2nd v South 1st North 1st v Central 1st South 2nd v North 2nd South 1st v North 2nd North 1st v Central 2nd Central 1st v South 2nd Central 1st v South 1st North 2nd v Central 2nd South 2nd v North 1st
The very last day of the competition will be the Finals Day. The venue still has not been disclosed, but the two matches happening on the day will be:

Final's Day Fixtures Morning Fixture Semi Final Super 6 2nd v Super 6 3rd Afternoon Fixture Grand Final Semi Winner v Super 6 1st
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Old 28th December 2011, 05:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ahh. Love the build-up. This is too good! What makes it better that England is my fave team.


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five overseas players at a time.
Don't like the idea of this. It should be limited to three/four.
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Old 28th December 2011, 05:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Considering that England have already got so many counties and international players travel to England to play domestic cricket for quite a few years now and having a competition like this is gonna make their county even more interesting and more international players shall show interest.

Good luck for this story, The Author. This is a very interesting idea.
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Old 28th December 2011, 09:39 AM   #13 (permalink)
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"120 English Players have EPL contracts" - Collier

The full list of EPL contracted Englishmen has been released, but speculation will remain about which of the fifteen franchises has selected which players. English test players have been made available for the competition, despite the Test series that is to run concurrently with the league. "I can confirm that 120 English cricketers have been contracted to EPL teams" - says Chief Executive of the EPL, David Collier. "You will be able to view the full list on our website, but we also maintain that non-contracted players can be bought in on a rolling contract to cover for players who are injured or on Test duty."

The full list of contracted players is as follows:
James Foster
Dawid Malan
Kevin O'Brien
Mark Ramprakash
Andrew Strauss
Matt Prior
Arul Suppiah
Paul Collingwood
Alastair Cook
William Porterfield
Owais Shah
Vikram Solanki
Jimmy Adams
Joe Denly
Paul Stirling
James Taylor
Marcus Trescothick
Jos Buttler
Ed Joyce
Craig Kieswetter
Kyle Coetzer
Nick Compton
Niall O'Brien
Phil Mustard
Darren Stevens
Jonathan Trott
Jonathan Bairstow
Ravi Bopara
Alex Hales
Rory Hamilton-Brown
Steve Davies
Robert Key
Michael Lumb
Anthony McGrath
Eoin Morgan
Kevin Pietersen
Ian Bell
James Hildreth
Chris Read
Chesney Hughes
Wayne Madsen
Adam Wheater
Mark Pettini
Owais Shah
Alex Gidman
Liam Dawson 
Will Jefferson
Joshua Cobb
Rob White
Jason Roy
Tom Maynard
Alexei Kervezee
Andrew Gale
Adam Lyth
Joe Root
Joe Gatting

Ben Stokes
Ryan ten Doeschate
Graham Napier
Luke Wright
Darren Maddy
Peter Trego
Ian Blackwell
Samit Patel
Dimitri Mascarenhas
Michael Yardy
Jonathan Clare
Jim Allenby
Will Gidman
Tom Smith
Neil Carter
Rikki Clarke
Gareth Andrew

Tim Bresnan
James Harris
Tim Murtagh
Chris Tremlett
Adil Rashid
Steven Finn
Sajid Mahmood
Boyd Rankin
Stuart Broad
Steve Harmison
Liam Plunkett
Alfonso Thomas
Chris Wood
George Dockrell
Graeme Swann
Simon Cook
Matthew Hoggard
Monty Panesar
Jade Dernbach
Graham Onions
Danny Briggs
James Tredwell
James Anderson
Chris Woakes
Kabir Ali
Ajmal Shahzad
Ryan Sidebottom
Callum Thorp
Scott Borthwick
Maurice Chambers
David Masters
Simon Jones
Gary Keedy
Simon Kerrigan
Oliver Newby
Kyle Hogg
Nathan Buck
Jack Brooks
Darren Pattinson
Ben Phillips
Paul Franks
Gemaal Hussain
Steve Kirby
Jon Lewis
Gareth Batty
Chris Schofield
Glen Chapple

Centrally contracted players like Graeme Swann and Kevin Pietersen have secureed EPL contracts, as have veterans like Glen Chapple.

The full list of franchises has also been released by the ECB for the first time.

Liverpool Lightning Aigburth, Liverpool Manchester United Old Trafford Capital Lions Lord's Cricket Ground London Scorpions The Kia Oval Southampton Sharks The Rose Bowl Northampton Saints Wantage Road Leeds Rhinos Headingley Durham Dynamos Riverside Ground Cardiff Dragons SWALEC Stadium Birmingham Bucks Edgbaston Nottingham Outlaws Trent Bridge Brighton & Hove Albion County Ground, Hove Taunton Titans County Ground, Taunton Gloucester Gladiators Nevill Road, Bristol Leicester Tigers Grace Road
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Old 28th December 2011, 09:45 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Would be supporting "Gloucester Gladiators" (my EPL team)
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Old 28th December 2011, 09:56 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Would also like to mention that Credit goes to whoever made most of the logos - I made a couple, but most of them I found. Thanks to the makers
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