I don~~t like playing Twenty20, says Ponting

Published: Monday, January 8, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:Australian captain Ricky Ponting doesn't like playing Twenty20 games and has urged the International Cricket Council not to overdose on cricket's bite-sized version.

Australia will play its fifth Twenty20 game in two years when the Ashes victors take on England at the SCG tomorrow in a warm-up for the ODI tri-series.

Twenty20 has been a success, both on the international and domestic stages, and the ICC will stage the first Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa this year.

But Ponting, who will captain Australia against England tomorrow, doesn't like playing Twenty20 matches and believes Australia should contest only one game of the popular format each season.

''I don't think I really like playing Twenty20 international cricket,'' he told Herald Sun.

''I know it is cracking entertainment. I can see how it would be good fun and a means of attracting new spectators. Maybe with the odd international game and by having state teams playing a short competition in the way Twenty20 cricket is played in England, I think it has value.

''My problem is that I can't play a game in which I'm wearing my national team's colours, and my opponents are wearing theirs, and treat it as just being fun,'' he added.


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