Adelaide: Former England captain Michael Atherton yesterday felt that his country’s cricket needs a “world-class Twenty20 tournament”, to make them a strong contender in the limited-overs format.
England on Monday slumped to fourth loss in five matches in Pool A of the ongoing World Cup. They lost to Bangladesh by 15 runs in a crcial clash.
“Twenty20 is the key to developing the next batch of 50-over cricketers because most countries are playing at that tempo now, albeit stretched over a longer period of time. Picking the right kind of players is like picking a good dividend-paying stock,” Atherton wrote in a column as reported by cricket.com.au. “For too long, England have refused to accept that the game has changed and other teams are playing a more dynamic, more aggressive, more flexible form of the game,” he wrote.