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Martyn Moxon in call for extra t20 pull
Martyn Moxon hopes a resolution can be found to allow English teams to compete in the Champions League t20 competition in the near future after Yorkshire’s memorable experience during the last three weeks.
As things stand, the two finalists of next year’s domestic Twenty20 will not be competing in the 2013 CLt20 because the ECB have decided to extend the county season into late September.
It is a move which is difficult to argue against, but counties playing against some of the biggest teams in the world can only be a good thing given the right set of circumstances.
“It’s something I hope English teams can continue to participate in because our experience of it has been fantastic,” said Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of professional cricket.
“It’s been a great concept, and you’re playing against the best players in the world. For our players, that’s a good thing. Hopefully it’s something we can continue to do.”
Yorkshire head home from South Africa today having lost three of the four group ‘B’ matches against Sydney Sixers, Highveld Lions and Chennai Super Kings, with the other rained off against Mumbai Indians.
But just qualifying for the group stages after wins against UVA Next and Trinidad & Tobago was classed as success by the White Rose camp, who only lost five of 19 Twenty20 matches in 2012.
“We’ve competed in three of our group games,” said Moxon.
“I think it’s fair to say that the Sydney match was the only disappointing one. The rest of the time we’ve been very competitive. There were definitely some ‘what might have beens’.
“It’s been a great experience, and fantastic to be involved in. Hopefully the lads have learned a lot from this.
“I think we can go home from here with our heads held high. You look at the quality of the opposition players we’ve been coming up against, and it's been phenomenal.
“I think everybody’s played a part too. They’ve all done well. For people like Iain Wardlaw and Oliver Hannon-Dalby to come in and return the figures they did was excellent.
“I think everybody’s got a lot of good memories.”
Yorkshire’s players will be given a little over a month off, and will report back for pre-season training in early December.
“It’s been a fantastic season for us,” added Moxon. “We always said that promotion in the Championship was the main priority, which we achieved. That means it’s going to be an important season next year.”