Joe Root has welcomed the ECB's plans for its new-team competition in 2020, suggesting it will appeal to a "completely new audience".
And while Root accepts that players and administrators will have to "find ways to look after the longer versions of the game", he felt the opportunity of attracting a new fans to the game justified the creation of another format.
"It's going to appeal to a completely new audience, and I think that's great," Root told the Sheffield Star. "The more people and kids we can get into sport, the better. We've got to be very careful that we don't measure it against the other formats. It's something to gather a new audience and gain interest, not a threat to the other formats. As players, working with the ICC, we've got to make sure the other formats don't suffer but it has a place in the game, and hopefully we'll see that over time."
"There will be people that compare it to Twenty20 and worry that it might take away interest from Test cricket, but it's important to remember that it will bring new people to the game."
"It might be someone who didn't know much about the game before, comes to a game and then goes on to watch a Test match and get immersed in that. That's the way I'd like to look at it. But, as I say, the most important thing is that we find ways to look after the longer versions of the game, whether that's T20 - although it's hard to see that as a 'longer format' - one-day internationals or Test cricket."
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