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'Twenty20 not panacea for our ills'

Former Indian coach Greg Chappell feels Twenty20 is too "one-dimensional" and it lacks the depth needed to sustain interest.

cricket Updated: Sep 17, 2007 21:28 IST

Not really pleased with the Twenty20 format of cricket, former India coach Greg Chappell has described it as too "one-dimensional" to address the problems faced by the sport.

"It's got limitations as a format, it's very one-dimensional. It's certainly not the panacea for our ills as some consider it," said Chappell.

"At this stage it is just about who can hit the ball the furthest and that is not enough to sustain interest," he was quoted as saying by The Australian.

The former Australian great said the Twenty20 game lacked depth as there was no penalty for losing wickets and it's hard to be bowled out.

He also felt that fielders had little to do as the ball generally sails off into the crowd.

Another former Australian Test captain Kim Hughes also echoed Chappell's views, saying the shortest version of the game was detrimental to the game.

"We've seen the deterioration in standard in Test cricket (because of the one-day game)," he said.

"Apart from Australia, there is probably only one other side interested in playing at the top level. The other nations are happy concentrating on the one-day game and it's their loss."

First Published: Sep 17, 2007 15:55 IST