Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cricket must not rely on Sky, insists former England captain Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan last night criticised the ECB for missing opportunities to help secure the financial future of cricket.

In a wide-ranging attack, the former England captain said: 'We missed an opportunity to take a stake in the Indian Premier League Champions League as a founding member.

'We got into bed with Allen Stanford, which hurt us more than you could have expected. And we didn't take up the idea of an English Premier League.

'So we have missed a few tricks. What we cannot do is think, "Sky give us £300million for the TV rights", and rest on our laurels.

'But I do believe that having some cricket on terrestrial TV is good for the game.

'In cricket we don't have a Russian billionaire, so we need to get the best deal possible. But we need to make sure cricket is sustainable, so we are not reliant on Sky.'

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