ECB warned counties could form own 'Premier League' style structure
The England & Wales Cricket Board has been warned that counties could split and form their own ‘Premier League’ style structure as the row rumbles on over the future of domestic cricket.
Andy Nash, the director who resigned last month from the ECB and heavily criticised the management style of chairman Colin Graves, has warned fed up counties could decide in the future to set up their own league if they are disillusioned by the board’s handling of the game.
“The game is at a crossroads,” Nash told the BBC. “In India and Australia the clubs have seen primacy in the game, and it is now of more value to them than the international format.
“In England and Wales that hasn’t yet happened but I think that’s the direction of travel. Unless trust is re-established in the national governing body by its principal 19 members, then it’s possible that the clubs may look at what has happened in football and rugby where they decide to form their own body within the auspices of the national governing body to represent their interests in a different way.
“That has to be a potential outcome unless ECB are able to get a grip, establish trust and reunify the game around the longer term aims and objectives.”