General News | 16th July 2008

Notts Welcome New Domestic Structure

Notts Chief Executive Derek Brewer has welcomed plans for the new domestic structure outlined today by the ECB.

A new two-division 20 over English Premier League will take place in June 2010 with two divisions of 10 teams featuring the 18 existing counties and two overseas teams.

NatWest Pro40 will be scrapped with the LV County Championship and Friends Provident Trophy retained alongside a Twenty20 League which will act as a qualifying tournament for the Cricket Champions League.

“The proposals are very exciting and very similar to those discussed at a meeting of County Chief Executives last week,” said Brewer.

“As a club, we really believe in a two division County Championship and we’re pleased that it has been preserved in these proposals.

“We keenly await further details about the implementation of the changes but we have seen that there is a big appetite for Twenty20 cricket in Nottinghamshire.

“Our attendances in this season’s Twenty20 Cup matches were significantly higher than in previous years and the news that matches in this format will take place over a more prolonged time period will, I hope, be welcomed by our members and supporters.”

Director of Cricket Mick Newell was similarly pleased.

“The preservation of the LV County Championship in its present form was important and the addition of the English Premier League was inevitable given the success of Twenty20 cricket,” said Newell.

“Twenty20 attracts the crowds and the players enjoy it and the EPL will attract some high quality overseas players.

“It’s an interesting development and we’re keen to look at the proposals in details and work out exactly what it means for us.”

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