Pollock insists ODI still the best limited-overs format

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/s/shaunpollock_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Fans may drool over Twenty20 but Shaun Pollock refuses to switch allegiance and insists one-day cricket remains the best limited-over format.

Updated: August 17, 2009 11:54 IST
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Fans may drool over Twenty20 but former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock refuses to switch allegiance and insists one-day cricket remains the best limited-over format.

Looking ahead at next month's Champions Trophy, Pollock said one day was a great format and he could not wait for the elite top-eight event to get underway.

"It's a great format and I'm glad the tournament's coming to South Africa," Pollock said.

"Having played a lot (of 50-over cricket), maybe I'm a bit more of a sucker when it comes to appreciating the game.

The fast 20-over game has caught the imagination of many but if you get off to a bad start then you can cost yourself the game.

"There is a lot of skill involved in the 50-over game and it's over a much longer period, so that allows teams to have a bit of a mishap and recover from it and you've got time to implement tactics," said the former all-rounder.

"I think ODIs are still the best format of limited-overs cricket, especially with regard to making sure the best team comes out on top," he added.

Pollock hailed the format of Champions Trophy which features the top eight-ranked international sides in a short, sharp contest of 15 matches in two weeks from September 22.

"A lot of sports have gone that way (involving just those sides at the top end of the rankings). Tennis and golf are just two that have done it. It's always good when you've got the best teams competing against each other and that's exactly what you'll have here," he said.

"It's a great format, I'm glad the tournament's come here and I'm glad they're continuing with the (Champions) Trophy," he added.

Pollock is also excited by the added touches at this year's event, including a total of USD four million prize money, match of the match prizes of a watch worth USD 8,500, a special Champions Trophy jacket for each member of the winning team and value-for-money ticket prices starting from just USD 4.26 with the highest price for a ticket to the final only USD 17.11.

"It's good for the game. There need to be incentives for the players and spectators and for everyone involved so that all forms of the game are looked after from Test matches, to the 50-over game to the 20-over game," Pollock said.

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