Ian Chappell slams T20s for ruining cricket's balance

Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell feels that the shortest format of the game has created an imbalance between bat and ball and could lead to the demise of the sport.

updated: February 02, 2014 00:58 IST
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Sydney: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell feels that Twenty20 cricket has made the game more batsmen-centric and more needs to be done to maintain a balance between the bat and the ball. According to him, if this continues it could lead to the demise of the sport.

Chappell in his column in the Daily Telegraph, feels the organisers are putting more emphasis on big hitting and bringing entertainment through bowlers being battered all over the park.

"While sixes are becoming as common as cheerleaders at T20 matches, over 30 percent of the runs at Bellerive were registered via rope-clearing shots. This is more than 10 percent above the previous highest yearly average for international T20 matches. The number of games and the on-ground fireworks aren't the only explosions occurring in T20 cricket," Chappel said.

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