Middlesex will consider lobbying Champions League Twenty20 organisers for a wildcard for the 2009 tournament, writes Jon Batham.
Seaxes chief executive Vinny Codrington and his team were devastated when organisers decided there wasn't a sufficient window of opportunity to restage the 2008 tournament, originally postponed following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai earlier this month.
The cancellation meant Middlesex missed out on a minimum of $500,000 just for taking part in the richest cricket tournament in history.
And failing an invite from the Indian authorities (BCCI) for the 2009 Champions League, Middlesex would have to retain their crown next year to get another bite of the lucrative cherry.
The plans for 2009 include expanding the tournament from eight-12 teams.
But with no guarantee the dozen would involve Middlesex, Codrington agreed every possibility must be explored.
He said: "I think it is a viable alternative to lobby for a wildcard, and it's something we can talk to the BCCI about once the two test matches against England are out of the way.
"It was always the plan to expand the tournament next time to 12 teams, but it is not clear at the moment how the 12 would be made up.
"But our players would love the opportunity for a wildcard if it were offered."
Codrington insisted the loss of revenue from the tournament wouldn't affect the playing budget, but admitted it was a blow to the development of the county's new indoor school.
"Any funds raised would have gone towards the school, but we don't set budgets on the basis of winning tournaments because that would be no way to run a business," he said.
The 52-year-old supremo also denied the extra incentive for winning the domestic Twenty20 in 2009 would lead to taking their eye of the ball when it comes to the stated no.1 priority of the last two seasons - promotion back to the County Championship's top table.
He added: "The lads are determined to get into Division One of the County Championship, so I don't think it will take a back seat to the Twenty20.
"Careers are not just about playing one-day cricket in India. Players at Middlesex have got five to 15 years left in the game and know Test and Championship cricket is what they will ultimately be judged on."