Twenty20 franchises hold little appeal
The blueprint that was handed to me today is only one of a number of proposals that the England and Wales Cricket Board will consider as it plots its course into a largely uncertain, but definitely exciting, future.
However, so radical is the concept of forming nine 'partners' - rather than franchises - based at the nine international cricket grounds in England and Wales that it has quickly caused a furious reaction from many within the game.
I have never felt that a franchise system would appeal to cricket lovers here.
Not only is there no attachment to a team from Birmingham if you live in Leicester, but Twenty20 cricket is so short, that any journey of more than an hour hardly makes the experience worthwhile.
The organisers of the Indian Premier League have always maintained there is room for another similar tournament, and the men behind this scheme, the MCC's chief executive Keith Bradshaw and Surrey chairman, David Stewart, clearly feel their model, which is virtually a mirror-image of the IPL, would appeal to financers who, I understand, could raise up to $100m to bankroll it.
There would be a bidding process for a squad of up to 16 players, 12 of whom would have to be 'home grown' and three of whom would need to be youngsters, probably under 23 years old.
What will infuriate many at the ECB is the notion, at least, that this is a breakaway.
Small counties who are not fortunate enough to have international-quality grounds, already feel vulnerable in this quickly-changing climate, but they will certainly be reassured by Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, who categorically stated on Test Match Special that an 18 county-structure is safe under his tenure.
This proposal might well not see the light of day, but radical reform is on the way as the ECB desperately tries to cash in on the tremendous interest in Twenty20 cricket. It is not, however, old fashioned or pedantic to urge restraint and careful thought.
If handled carefully and sensibly, Twenty20 cricket can support and finance Test cricket for decades - but only if it is protected from its own success.
I fear that, all too quickly, we are careering towards saturation point and a golden opportunity will have been lost.