• Stokes urges IPL-style league for England


    MUMBAI: All-rounder Ben Stokes led calls among teammates on Wednesday for England to form its own franchise-based Twenty20 league, saying the pioneer of the game’s most popular format was now lagging behind its rivals. While nearly all the other Test playing nations now have city-based T20 leagues featuring no more than eight teams, England’s T20 Blast is played by the 18 counties which compete in a parallel four-day championship. Critics say the bloated format has led to a watering-down in quality and explains the tournament’s failure to attract as many big-name foreign stars as appear in India or Australia.



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