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ECB to conduct domestic Twenty20 review

The ECB have come out of the IPL's shadow by announcing they are to review the format of the domestic Twenty20 Cup.

Proposal include allowing Counties to field up to three overseas players in the Twenty20 Cup.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have referred the idea to their Domestic Structure Review Group as they look for ways to compete with the lucrative new Indian tournaments.

Teams would also have to field four regular England-qualified players and four more under the age of 23 under the proposal being considered.

Ways of extending the Twenty20 Cup and "other cup competitions" are also being considered.

An ECB statement added: "DSRG has been asked to report back to the board as a matter of urgency."

The ECB are anxious not to see the best players in the country playing in India during the domestic season.

So far all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is the only England player to commit to the big-money Indian Premier League but the ECB fear more could follow in future years.

Prominent players not on central contracts, such as Mascarenhas, are the most likely to be targeted.

High wages are also on offer in the rebel Indian Cricket League but the event is unsanctioned and frowned upon by the game's governing bodies.

The ECB are taking a hard line against the ICL and players taking part will be refused county registration.

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