England might follow lead of the Big Bash

ENGLISH cricket will have its own Big Bash League-style T20 tournament if new England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves has his way.

Set to begin his five-year post in May, the 67-year-old multi-millionaire former businessman told the BBC the game in England was "at the crossroads and needs to change".

"We can't ignore (the IPL and Big Bash). It's been successful in India and Australia, so why shouldn't it be successful over here?" he said.

"We need to look at an English Premier League and fit it into the calendar."

Closer to home, the Melbourne Stars have appointed former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming (pictured) as coach for the next Big Bash League season.

Fleming has coached the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL for the past six seasons, leading the team to the title in 2010 and 2011.

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