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After Saturday’s thrilling finale to the NatWest T20 Blast we should all be focusing on celebrating Northamptonshire’s miraculous victory against the odds. Forget Leicester City, a club owned by Thai billionaires, the Steelbacks are an underdog without caveat. Not only are they millions in debt and constantly having their best players snatched away by bigger clubs, but their own governing body would rather they weren’t in the competition. Because much like the West Indies last year, sport has once again conspired to prove the ECB’s tough talking chairman wrong. The competition that Colin Graves openly denounced as mediocre was at its death contested by two teams who would never be invited into his proposed eight team ‘city-based’ T20 super league.

Unlike most people whose hackles are raised by the idea of an elite tournament that bypasses the established first-class sides, I am no great follower of the County Championship. However I believe that the ‘English Premier League’ proposal is a stupid idea that ignores the T20 Blast’s strengths, misidentifies why it hasn’t achieved the same objectives as the IPL or Big Bash, goes against basic principles of English sport and fails to seize the unique opportunity presented to all sports by the Sky/BT battle for supremacy.

Here’s eight thoughts on the future of T20 Cricket in the UK.

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