Twenty20 vision of the future

TWENTY20 Cricket is the first abbreviated form of cricket that has captured the public interest since the introduction of limited overs games in the 1970s.

Thursday night's game at Perth between Australia A and Pakistan attracted a sellout crowd ? the first time the house-full signs had gone out at the WACA in a quarter of a century.

The form of Twenty20 shows administrators have looked at other shortened versions of the game and recognised the need to increase the pace of the game to make it attractive to people not in love with the traditional rhythms of the game.

The 90-second time limit on batsmen arriving at the crease and the stipulation that they must jog to the wicket indicates the up-tempo approach to the game.

Twenty20 cricket shapes as an outstanding marketing success, but its potential to develop playing standards is limited.

It is interesting to hear players, such as Adam Gilchrist, have misgivings about a game to which he is eminently suited.

His view that Twenty20 is best suited to domestic competition and not internation- als deserves consideration.

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