Kirsten backs Sachin's 'split' formula

Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 16:00 [IST]
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Kirsten backs Sachin's 'split' formula

Chennai: India cricket team coach Gary Kirsten has welcomed the Tendulkar's idea of splitting the fifty over game into four innings.

"It is a good idea. I know it has been suggested before somewhere down the line," Kirsten said.

Tendulkar had suggested that one-day cricket should be split into four innings of 25-overs each. According to the champion batsman, who has played 425 ODIs, a split ODI will eliminate the luck factor from the contest and would keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Kirsten said the the option can be explored. "I think what he is doing is that he is just opening it up to see the different options that could be brought about in the One-day game. A player of his stature, one should listen to him," he said.

Tendulkar had said he hit upon the idea during the 2002 Champions Trophy when India played two finals against Sri Lanka due to rain disruptions but no result could come forcing the organisers to declare the two sides joint winners.

"I thought 110 overs and no result, that's when I thought of this (splitting the match into four innings of 25 overs a side)," he had stated.


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