End Twenty20 internationals: Border

Former Australia captain wants the format to be restricted to just the World Twenty20s and emphasis put on ODIs.

    Australia marked the 100-day countdown to the 2015 World Cup in Sydney [REUTERS]
    Australia marked the 100-day countdown to the 2015 World Cup in Sydney [REUTERS]

    Former Australia captain Allan Border has called for an end to Twenty20 internationals outside the World Cup and hopes the 50-over game will not be allowed to "wither and die".

    I think the 50-over game is a superior game to 20-over cricket

    Allan Border, Former Australia captain

    Australia's domestic international season began last week when they played three T20s against South Africa with both sides fielding weakened sides in front of disappointing crowds.

    To follow that are a five-match ODI series against the Proteas, a four-Test series against India, a triangular ODI series also featuring India and England as well as the February 14-March 29 one-day World Cup.

    "I wouldn't be playing T20 international cricket at all, I would save that for a World Cup every two years," Border said in an interview with ABC radio.

    "I think there is enough domestic Twenty20 cricket to fill the programme out quite nicely ... there's Twenty20 competitions in basically every country.

    "Why we have to play international Twenty20 cricket as well as that?"

    Border led Australia to the first of their four 50-over World Cup triumphs in 1987 and played 273 matches in the format for his country, retiring before internationals were played in Twenty20.

    "I'd hate to see the 50-over game wither and die, I really think it's a wonderful game of cricket and I think the World Cup coming up in Australia and New Zealand will be an absolute ripper. I think that would be a shame, I think the 50-over game is a superior game to 20-over cricket."

    SOURCE: Reuters


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