Nottinghamshire captain Steven Mullaney is ‘massively excited’ that Trent Bridge will stage the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) new T20 competition when it gets underway in 2020.
The Club was informed this afternoon that it had been successful in its application to be one of eight host venues for the tournament, which aims to become one of the world’s major limited overs tournaments, alongside the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL).
And though the majority of details around the competition have still to be finalised, the all-rounder believes his home ground will act as an ideal venue.
“It’s fantastic news that Trent Bridge is one of those successful (in bidding to host the new T20 tournament).”
“All the big grounds have bid to be involved and it’s fantastic news that Trent Bridge is one of those successful, especially as the tournament is looking to attract some of the world’s best players,” said Mullaney.
“It’s massively exciting for all the players in that they could potentially be involved, with games likely to be on TV, and it could help bring a new audience into watching cricket in this country.
“Nottingham is a great city, and outside London we have the biggest T20 crowds in the Blast competition, so there is a strong appetite for this format of the game here and across the East Midlands.”
Another significant success from the Club’s bid for High Profile Matches between 2020 and 2024 – submitted in writing and then by presentation either side of Christmas – is that they will host the domestic 50-over final (currently the Royal London One-Day Cup).
The showpiece occasion has been held at Lords in the past, as when Notts won in the capital last summer, but Mullaney believes the atmosphere at Trent Bridge would be ‘terrific’.
He added: “If you asked a lot of the county and international cricketers where they most enjoy playing, they would say Lord’s and Trent Bridge.
“If you asked a lot of the county and international cricketers where they most enjoy playing, they would say Lord’s and Trent Bridge.”
“I have the privilege to play at Trent Bridge every home game for my county and I know that 50-over cricket is tremendously well received.
“The Family fun-days we have held have been brilliant, with lots of families playing on the outfield during the break and taking part in off-the-field activites.
“There’s always a great atmosphere for matches and when we have 10,000 or 12,000 in the ground for matches it feels and sounds more like 50,000.”
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