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PCCS: English Premier League T20

Discussion in 'Cricket Games Stories' started by The Author, Dec 25, 2011.

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Who are you supporting in EPLT20?

  1. Birmingham Bucks

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  2. Brighton & Hove Albion

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  3. Capital Kings

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  4. Cardiff Dragons

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  5. Durham Dynamos

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  6. Gloucester Gladiators

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  7. Leeds Rhinos

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  8. Leicester Tigers

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  9. Liverpool Lightning

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  10. London Scorpions

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  11. Manchester United

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  12. Northampton Saints

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  13. Nottingham Outlaws

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  14. Southampton Sharks

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  15. Taunton Titans

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  1. The Author PlanetCricket Writing Team

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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.

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    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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    a pccs story will follow it
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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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    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.

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    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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    Wow! This looks damn great. English cricket ftw!!
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    Thanks for all the feedback, guys :)
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    Good thinking and good writing. Awesome story. :clap
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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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    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.

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    [center][b]Conference Stage Fixtures[/b][/center]
    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.

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    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.

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    [center][b]Super Six Fixtures[/b]
    
    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[/center]
    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:

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    [CENTER][B]Final's Day Fixtures[/B]
    
    Morning Fixture
    [B]Semi Final[/B]
    [I]Super 6 2nd v Super 6 3rd[/I]
    
    Afternoon Fixture
    [B]Grand Final[/B]
    [I]Semi Winner v Super 6 1st[/I][/CENTER]
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    Ahh. Love the build-up. This is too good! What makes it better that England is my fave team. :D

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    Don't like the idea of this. It should be limited to three/four.
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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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    "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:
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    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
    
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    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.

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    [CENTER][img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/LiverpoolLightning.png[/img]
    [b]Liverpool Lightning[/b]
    Aigburth, Liverpool
    
    [img]http://soccerreviews.com/wp-content/uploads/manchester-united/Manchester-United-Logo.png[/img]
    [b]Manchester United[/b]
    Old Trafford
    
    [img]http://www.planetcricket.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=91670&stc=1&d=1324655480[/img]
    [b]Capital Lions[/b]
    Lord's Cricket Ground
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/LondonScorpions.png[/img]
    [b]London Scorpions[/b]
    The Kia Oval
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/SouthamptonSharks.png[/img]
    [b]Southampton Sharks[/b]
    The Rose Bowl
    
    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/9/98/Northampton_saints_badge.png/180px-Northampton_saints_badge.png[/img]
    [b]Northampton Saints[/b]
    Wantage Road
    
    [img]http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/02/04/article-1353560-0D0A4DFF000005DC-342_306x212.jpg[/img]
    [b]Leeds Rhinos[/b]
    Headingley
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/DurhamDynamos.gif[/img]
    [b]Durham Dynamos[/b]
    Riverside Ground
    
    [img]http://www.planetcricket.net/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=91671&stc=1&d=1324656556[/img]
    [b]Cardiff Dragons[/b]
    SWALEC Stadium
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/BirminghamBucks.png[/img]
    [b]Birmingham Bucks[/b]
    Edgbaston
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/NottinghamOutlaws.png[/img]
    [b]Nottingham Outlaws[/b]
    Trent Bridge
    
    [img]http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS93zHTqfCZgEXpWFr_hQYvJECmD3vENo6D2XTv3otpYXwN-WRX6kMMX2QJjA[/img]
    [b]Brighton & Hove Albion[/b]
    County Ground, Hove
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/TauntonTitans.png[/img]
    [b]Taunton Titans[/b]
    County Ground, Taunton
    
    [img]http://i1094.photobucket.com/albums/i442/Iridium_000/EPL%20Season%201/GloucesterGladiators.png[/img]
    [b]Gloucester Gladiators[/b]
    Nevill Road, Bristol
    
    [img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e7/Leicester_tigers_badge.png/180px-Leicester_tigers_badge.png[/img]
    [b]Leicester Tigers[/b]
    Grace Road[/CENTER]
  14. Dipak Chairman of Selectors

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    Would be supporting "Gloucester Gladiators" (my EPL team) :D
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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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