Australia to introduce Twenty20 at state level

Published: Saturday, January 15, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Full houses in the two Twenty20 matches played at Perth and Melbourne have inspired Cricket Australia (CA) to take the format seriously and consider introducing it at the state level from their next domestic season.

"The signals we're getting in these last two days is that it's something the fans are interested in seeing more of and we need to look at the way in which we can introduce it on perhaps a more formal basis next season," CA chief James Sutherland was quoted as saying by the AAP.

"For an unofficial match between two state teams to have a capacity crowd is a phenomenal result," Sutherland added.

Of late, the CA was a little bothered about the declining interest of people in cricket but an overwhelming turnout to watch the matches between Western Australia and Victoria followed by Australia 'A' and Pakistan on Thursday indicated a renewed interest in the game with still shorter version of 20-overs-a-side.

"It's a fantastic response. You can't fail to be impressed or excited about the potential that this form of the game might have," Sutherland said.

He said though it was difficult to commit anything regarding the format with regard to their international schedule, the enthusiastic response to the two unofficial games meant that it would become a regular fixture at state level.

Sutherland also believed that Twenty-20 could attract a new audience to cricket.

"We want to make sure that in a demographic sense, that cricket in whatever form can in some way appeal to all Australians and this is a great opportunity for us to capture part of the Australian demographic that we don't ordinarily capture."

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