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T20 has added a new dimension to the game: Tony Blair

cricket Updated: Sep 28, 2011 14:50 IST

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday said Twenty20 cricket is a good advertisement for the game since more people are watching the sport with the advent of the slam-bang format.

"I am more of a Test cricket buff but Twenty20 has brought a new dimension to the game and have made people watch the game, which is great," said Blair, who is in the Indian capital to promote inter-faith harmony among students through his 'Tony Blair Faith Foundation'.

Sporting a white shirt and blue jeans, Blair also spoke to a group of under-privilege students at the British High Commissioner's residence here.

Blair also faced a few balls from cricketer Rohan Gavaskar, son of legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar, during a mini-cricket match which was a part of the program.

Asked about India's whitewash against England in the recent Test and ODI series, Blair said it was nice to see his nation dominating the series.

"England played very well against India and it is good to see the country doing well in sports," said Blair, who was a under-13 cricket captain before turning a soccer fan.

Blair also hoped that by hosting Olympic Games next year in the city of London, his country would be able to revive its legacy as a strong sporting nation.

"I hope the Olympics brings a revival of sports legacy in the country. Sports is a good policy to make the youths responsible," he said.