Adam Gilchrist Feels Confusion Still Prevails Over Where T20 Fits in International Cricket
Adam Gilchrist, regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsmen of all time, believes T20 is the most valuable in the domestic circuits and said the World T20s should be slotted every four years instead of two.
The Twenty20 format is still struggling to find a foothold in the congested international cricket calendar despite a decade of existence, Australia cricket legend Adam Gilchrist said on Tuesday.
Gilchrist, regarded as one of the greatest wicketkeeper-batsmen of all time, believes most of the cricket community was still "confused" by where the shortest version of the game fitted in.
"We're still sort of learning and, as a broad-brush comment, cricket in general is learning where T20 fits in, where it's most valuable," Gilchrist was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
"The Twenty20 Internationals are a bit scattergun and I think we're still a little bit confused by where it fits in and so on." (Chris Gayle Ready to Storm South African T20 Cricket)
Gilchrist also questioned the wisdom of staging the World Twenty20 every two years. The next installment of the tournament will be held in India in 2016 after Sri Lanka won the most recent edition in Bangladesh in April 2014. (Cricket Australia Suspends Flame Throwers From T20s)
Gilchrist suggested that staging it every four years, like the 50-over World Cup, might be a better idea. But the veteran of 102 Twenty20 matches said domestic T20 tournament in several countries are thriving.
"I see most value in domestic T20 cricket," the 42-year-old said. "I think the formula's settled in now (and) really working well."