Twenty20: Double headers the real test

Updated: 07 September 2007 08:09 IST

Double headers or two matches at the same venue on the same day will be the real big test of the organisers during the Twenty20 World Cup.

Twenty20: Double headers the real test

Johannesburg:

Double headers or two matches at the same venue on the same day will be the real big test of the organisers during the Twenty20 World Cup that starts on September 11.

Tournament Director Steve Elworthy is a far busy man than perhaps his playing day. The former South African pacer is aware of the challenges he faces in making the tournament a success.

"That (double headers) is a challenge. I think we have got an hour between the games. So never mind from scoreboards to loading the new teams on scoreboard, we've got the change room issues. I think that is the biggest issue that we have," he said.

"The training facilities where the guys can warm up with a full going at the same time. We are on stadium recce right now with FICA, Tim May and Dave Richardson and we are making plans of how we are going to house those teams."

But South African skipper Graeme Smith said he believed that everyone would adapt to the speed required.

"With modern day cricket, you have to learn travelling around the world. Get on flights, finish games and get on to next venue. As a modern day person, life moves quickly and this is just another version of that. I am sure everyone will adapt to that," he said.

For the fans, meanwhile, it cannot get bigger than this. They will not only enjoy the on field action during the double headers but also lots of music and dance - the usual ingredients of Twenty20 cricket.

"None of the teams are playing two matches a day. The crowd will get value for their money by watching two matches. So even if South Africa isn't playing, or the team that you support isn't playing the first match, you are able to get a full day's cricket in. So, i think it will be a really entertaining event and hopefully a big success," said Jonty Rhodes, fielding coach, South African Cricket Team.



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