City v City: Sheffield’s Michael Vaughan’s cricket revolution

Twenty20  vision: Sheffielder  Michael Vaughan wants to attract a new generation to cricket
Twenty20 vision: Sheffielder Michael Vaughan wants to attract a new generation to cricket

FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan says “dancing girls, music and razzamatazz” should lead a Twenty20 revolution in English cricket.

Sheffielder Vaughan believes fans would love to see players like Kevin Pietersen and Graham Swann going head to head in an Indian-style English Premier League based on cities rather than the old county system.

And in an exclusive interview with The Star the 37-year-old who skippered England to Ashes triumph in 2005, says a showbiz approach is needed to attract a new fans to the game.

“I think we need to replace the Twenty20 game in this country,” said Vaughan at his Peak District home.

“We watch the Indian Premier League and it’s completely different. If we produce something that’s fun with a good atmosphere people will watch it. Give the fans two games a day, music and dancing girls, make it daft, get people interested.

“We need to jazz it up, get top players going head to head, with all the England players taking part in a two-week, nine-team English Premier League.

“An EPL could be played by teams based on cities rather than counties.

“We can’t keep giving people the same old same old. Tendulkhar v Dhoni in the IPL is a great seller. Give the British public Pietersen v Swann and attract new fans.

“The money the EPL teams make would be ploughed back into the county game. If people had said a few years ago that darts would be the second most watched sport on Sky TV people would have thought they were barmy. But Premier League darts is.

Wednesdayite Vaughan also believes that having Dave Jones as boss means the Owls are more likely to attract top-class loanees from Premiership clubs.

“It was harsh to get rid of Gary Megson who got the club back on track but it proved to be right,” said Vaughan. “Jones got us playing football and is liked within the game. That should help him get in players from top clubs.”