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Cumbes applauds ECB Twenty20 plan

Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes has welcomed the announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board to change the face of the English game.

A new Twenty20 competition involving 18 county sides and two overseas teams is due to get underway in 2010.

"I'm pleased they've looked at it," Cumbes told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We'll have around 10 home games over a longer period of time and I think that is manageable. I think it will make it more attractive."

He added: "We said over the course of a season we would like 10 home matches, with the best use of Friday nights.

"We haven't got details yet of how the league works, as well as how it will fit in with the EPL. So that will probably come out within the next couple of days."

The chief executive is aware problems with players' registrations could be an issue.

He made the comment following Yorkshire's dismissal from this season Twenty20 Cup for fielding ineligible Pakistan-born Azeem Rafiq in their win against Nottinghamshire.

But he says there is still plenty of time to avoid a repeat of the situation.

"I had a fair amount of sympathy with Yorkshire over what happened.

"The way the registration rules are at the moment, one simple slip then suddenly you are in trouble. But I know the board are looking very closely at how they can close the loophole on people coming into the country as Kolpak players.

"They're expecting a ruling on that almost any day now from the European Commission."

And Cumbes is keen to find out what level of finance clubs will receive from television.

"We need to know what slice of television money we're going to get.

"That was something the [ECB] chief executive said that we want more of Twenty20 cricket, but we also want some more revenue in terms of the TV income."

The current Pro40 competition is due to end in 2009, and that is something that disappoints the chief executive.

"I played when it first started in 1969 as the John Player League and I thought it was the best one-day competition we had.

"But I would have favoured that staying and letting the 50-overs competition go, because I'm convinced in a very short space of time that form of the game will be dead and buried.

"That's my personal view and I think it's the view of a lot of players as well," he added.

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