Firstly, the two finalists would in theory have qualified for the now postponed Twenty20 Champions League, although Kent and Durham wouldn’t have been eligible due to their scandalous fielding of players who took part in an Indian 20/20 League which had the wrong initial in the middle. Now, however, they will qualify for the not-entirely-different ECB-backed Twenty20 Champions League. This new competition will presumably allow Kent and Durham to take part should those teams make it to the final, thus ensuring that the world’s cricket fans will not be unnecessarily denied the opportunity to watch Rob Key play.
In addition to this, the winners will qualify for the potential cash bonanza that is the Stanford Super Series, where they will play against Stanford 20/20 winners Trinidad & Tobago, the Stanford Superstars, and England, all for big money.
Without even taking into account the EPL, English cricket has gone Twenty20-mad. Or should that be money-mad?