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Opinion: Malaysia’s Cricket Franchise system….

Malaysia has decided that they will, from next year, hold a national league featuring 6 franchise teams. This is probably on the South African model, with sponsors giving their names to teams and fielding them……. Malaysia has also indicated, after a meeting with the state associations, that the inter state competition would stay as a feeder system to this franchise league….. All in all, Malaysia will be having 4 types of tournaments……… the age level tournaments, the inter club tournament, the inter state tournament and finally, the national franchise league…… the franchise league, since it will field pros, will probably also be able to play multi day cricket, though there is nothing certain on that at the momment…..

All in all, this is a unique move by an associate…… even before, Malaysia had contracted their players which was a unique thing for associates…….. After this 6 month long domestic set up, the other 6 months will be focussing only on the national teams (senior and age level) to provide them with the exposure and experience………….

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  1. Cuen Lucas
    October 9, 2006 at 11:56 am

    A uniqe move, but I doubt it’ll stay uniqe for long. As soon as other associate see how well this kind of setup works, then I’m pretty sure they’ll copy the system. By the way, are the franchise games going to be televised?

  2. October 9, 2006 at 1:34 pm

    Nepal may be well advised to follow this model based on a 6 team franchise competition…….. Afghanistan have the following, but they dont have the sponsors, so it is difficult to see them making this transition….. Uganda definitely has a possibility for this. Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands may not find it feasible given their preference for club competition culture…….

    Tunku Imran also said this……

    “The cricket season will run from February to September and will begin with junior competitions and State leagues. This is followed by the the National Inter-Club league and the season concludes with the franchised national league.”

    I find it a little strange that the club competition is going to be held AFTER the state league…….. shouldnt it be that the clubs in a state perform, and then you can select the best out of those clubs for the state team? I think primarily Malaysia is trying to get out of the provincial setup because they probably find it difficult to fund…… but the cricket centers of excellence are going to be made on state basis so I am basically confused now……..

  3. Nishadh Rego
    October 9, 2006 at 4:46 pm

    The Malaysian club system does run on a state-wise model. I think there are about 15-20 clubs participating. Each one either represents an affluent sports club in Malaysia (Penang Sports Club, Kinrara Sports Club, Selangor Sports Club) or represents a public service team (Royal Military College, Bukit Jalil Sports School, Armed Forces, TNB, Malaysian Malays etc.) This has nothing to do with the state system. I reckon the state leagues and the inter club leagues would serve as the selection grounds for players to be picked in a franchise team.

    Unless Malaysia can import a large number of expats to play in their local leagues, this is not going to improve the situation of their national team. Their national teams have to get more exposure against quality opposition. Something this might do is that it will keep people playing the sport beyond U-19 level which will give them a larger player base to choose from for their senior teams.

  4. October 9, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Rego, wont it also allow the players to dedicate 2-3 fold more time to the sport, since they will now be pros? Wont it also affect the motivation of the age level players, who will not have something to look forward to once they grow up?

    I think the 2 professionals that they are planning to bring into every franchise team are meant to give a higher quality outing to their top 100 players……. the question to me would be just how high of a calibre the pro would have who is coming in…..

  5. Nishadh Rego
    October 9, 2006 at 7:21 pm

    Well yes..in the long run i suppose the overall quality of Malaysian Cricket will increase with the professionalisation of the sport to a certain degree, however this will take decades. For a country with no cricketing culture like Scotland or Ireland, they have to take even more measures to expose their national team to regular quality opposition. With the money that they have, they should be sending their teams regularly to the test nations for tours, or participation in Premier Leagues in the test countries.

    I’m also wondering what sort of money is being offered, and who they are targeting as overseas players (retiring state/test players on short term contracts, upcoming youngsters, state players who haven’t made it to their international teams who might be willing to qualify and play for Malaysia)

  6. Noire
    October 10, 2006 at 2:54 am

    WEll, A very gd set up indeed. I believe we had this kindda set up b4, but not on a proper league base…they do still play once every year…and its more for entertainment and friendly realation between the companies..And we had this club called Yeti Airways, which was sponsored by the Yeti airlines…but they played in the club games nways…which was held once a year, 40 overs..which doesnt help at all..Well that is still our pathetic situation!

  7. Jashan
    January 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Did the Malaysian Franchisee League kick off? Did they find private investors. If yes, how is it doing? It doesn’t look like it really picked off

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