In an effort to revive English domestic cricket, former England captain Michael Vaughan is to propose an FA Cup-style Twenty20 tournament to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
A recent ECB report revealed that amongst adults and children over the age of 14, seven per cent fewer people are playing the game at amateur level than in 2013. Along with dwindling ticket sales at county level, Vaughan believes the idea can revitalise the domestic game.
Pitching the idea to the BBC, the former batsman said: "I'm trying to set the ball in motion for the game of cricket to realise that we need change. The whole game needs to gel together and this is one way."
Vaughan's plan is to introduce a knockout event, comprising of the 18 first-class counties, 20 minor counties, and 26 clubs from the ECB Premier Leagues. As in the FA Cup, the smaller teams would contest the early rounds with the first-class counties entering later in the tournament.
The concept would be revolutionary for the domestic game, with smaller clubs given the opportunity to play against major counties. Taking inspiration from football's FA Cup, the competition hopes to restore interest at grassroots level.
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With the professional and amateur games becoming distanced in recent times, the idea could be the agent to improve the standard of lower-level cricket, and inject money back into it.
Vaughan, a veteran of 82 Test matches, is confident the format would not put too much strain on the already busy domestic schedule.
"It wouldn't add too much more cricket to the first-class sides because they might only need to play four matches to reach the final," Vaughan added.
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