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ECB wants American team in EPL

ECB wants American team in EPL

ECB is trying to rope in an American team in the English Premier League.

London: In a bid to extend the reach of its franchise-based Twenty20 tournament, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is eyeing to rope in an American team in its proposed English Premier League (EPL) slated to be launched in 2010.

Chairman of Durham County Club, Clive Leach, who is also a close associate of ECB chief Giles Clarke, recently met a New York-based sports management company, Sports Capital Partners Worldwide, to discuss the possibilities of an US team's participation, according to a report in Daily Telegraph.

SCP Worldwide, founded by David Checketts, owns several Major League Soccer sides and ice hockey franchises. The company also operate as North American enterprises of Spanish football giant Real Madrid.

The report also stated that SCP Worldwide was among a number of investors who have expressed interest in the proposal for a nine-team franchise-based EPL earlier this year.

However, although the proposal was supported by Surrey, Lancashire and Hampshire as well as Marylebone Cricket Club chief executive Keith Bradshaw, ECB was against it.

The inaugural edition of the EPL will feature 20 teams, including 18 county teams and two overseas sides, out of which one is Texan billionaire Allen Stanford-sponsored side.

first published:November 21, 2008, 18:52 IST