Twenty20 must be given room to breathe
Twenty20 cricket has grabbed all the headlines and the public's imagination over the last four or five years.
There will be more money, more exposure to the game, and I just hope that this is going to be long-term.
I want the finances of this to be for the good of the game and the longevity of the game. I don't want someone diving in, making lots of money and running away.
For me the most important thing is still international Test cricket. It always has to be a player's ultimate ambition to get a Test cap, because in Test cricket, over five days, your talent, your ability and your mental strength is tested, and only the very best survive.
However, Twenty20 cricket is here. It's exciting, it's exposing new talent and big money can be earned. So we have to find room for it, but not to the detriment of Test cricket.
The new T20 organisers say there will have to be 12 homegrown players in a squad, of which three have to be under-23. That would make it an appealing game to the up-and-coming youngsters.
And ideally, with the money that's coming into the game, whereas talented young sportsmen have previously chosen to pursue a professional football career, hopefully they'll go the cricket route.
Players have short careers and are not going to turn down the opportunity of playing in one or other of these leagues. So there have to be two windows created each year.
You would have a separate IPL season, and another window later in the year where there's no international cricket for the T20 to take place.
You can't have the situation next summer where Sri Lanka might be sending over a B team for the England tour because their main players - who I understand aren't centrally contracted to their board - are making their money in the IPL.
That situation cannot arise again. The ICC's future tours committee has to sit down and do what's best for the game now and in the future. If they do that properly there's room for everything.
I may add that I don't want Twenty20 cricket to flood the market. This year, each county has played 10 group games, and overal attendance figures for the competition are up because there have been more games.
But in the individual games I've witnessed the crowds are actually down compared to last year.
We want people to turn up because each match is viewed as a special occasion.Less is more.