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Twenty20 could trump Ashes, says Collingwood

"The Twenty20 World Cup hasn't got any history yet. For the next generation, they will may be see that as the number one competition to win," he said.

cricket Updated: Jun 25, 2008 12:33 IST

England one-day captain Paul Collingwood believes winning the Twenty20 World Cup could be the prime ambition for cricketers who've grown up with the youngest form of the global game.

For most players of Collingwood's generation, Test cricket remains at the summit of the sport.

And for the majority of Anglo-Australian cricketers that means the Ashes, cricket's oldest international contest, is the series they want to win above all others.

But Collingwood, a member of England's Ashes winning side in 2005, thinks attitudes could be changing.

Speaking at the launch of the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup in England at The Oval in London on Tuesday, the Durham all-rounder said, "The Twenty20 World Cup hasn't got any tradition at the moment, has it?

"It is very new. When I was growing up, you always had the Ashes. You always wanted to win the Ashes and a one-day World Cup final.

"The Twenty20 World Cup hasn't got any history yet. For the next generation, they will may be see that as the number one competition to win."

Collingwood played a straight bat when asked if he would rather win the 50-over World Cup, worth 600,000 dollars to the victorious side or England's new Twenty20 match against Allen Stanford's Caribbean XI in November -- where the Texan billonaire is promising one million dollars to each member of the winning team.