Players’ union backs English Premier League plan

July 15th, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by IANS  


London, July 15 (IANS) The proposed English Premier League (EPL) received a significant boost Tuesday with Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) chief executive Sean Morris calling the plan “clear and exciting”. “The PCA feels very positive about a document that is clear, exciting and identifies a lot of opportunities, not just for nine teams but for the whole game,” Morris was quoted as saying by the Guardian. He was referring to the plan of the new league in England.

“It’s a refreshingly professional document and I hope everyone does consider it and its contents. It’s not perfect but there’s a lot of good stuff in it. There are complex issues but, if they can work out how to distribute the finances, that’s good news,” he said.

The chief executive of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Keith Bradshaw and chairman of Surrey David Stewart, the prime movers behind the scheme, will attempt to convince an executive board meeting of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) that an EPL from 2010 is the way forward.

It is the battle to win hearts and minds around the country that will make or break Bradshaw’s ground-breaking plan. One county source Monday described an atmosphere of “fear and loathing” over a plan which will see the establishment of nine new franchises based at England’s international grounds.

Despite opposition, Bradshaw remains hopeful that his document will get the go-ahead for a proper consultation, at which point investors would be brought to the table and the financial benefits for all 18 counties explained in detail.

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