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Counties Offered £1.3M Per Year To Approve Twenty20 Changes

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 03 / 28 / 17

County cricket execs have been offered "at least" £1.3M ($1.6M) a year "to pave the way for a new English Twenty20 competition," according to Matt Majendie of the London EVENING STANDARD. The England & Wales Cricket Board is "confident the financial carrot will be sufficient for the counti...

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