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Twenty20 not Ponting's cup of tea

The instant version of the game may have caught the fancy of fans but does not cut much ice with Oz skipper.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 17:24 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Twenty20 cricket may have caught the fancy of fans but the instant version of the game does not cut much ice with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

Ponting said his problem with the concept was that a game between two countries was treated as "just being fun".

"I don't really like playing Twenty20 international cricket," he said ahead of Australia's Twenty20 game against England at Sydney on Tuesday.

"I know it is cracking entertainment for the fans. I can see it would be good fun, and how it might attract new spectators.

"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 was quoted as saying in 'Courier Mail'.

He said if the games were limited to one fixture a season and a four-yearly tournament it "might be all right".

"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," he said.

First Published: Jan 08, 2007 17:22 IST