T20 not a threat to ODI: Ponting

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Bangalore, Sep 27 (UNI) The success of the inaugural Twenty-20 World Cup has cast a shadow on ODI and Test cricket but, the Australians refuse to accept this argument.

Speaking to mediapersons ahead of the Saturday's opening ODI against India, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said the most nascent version of cricket would not take away the sheen from ODIs or Test cricket.

''We don't think so. ICC Chief Malcolm Speed has recently said that after the T20 success the 50-50 version of the game will not be taken out nor Test cricket will be affected. We feel the same,'' he said.

Ponting, however, said things would not be the same after the T20 World Cup in South African. ''I see ICC will face hard to manage things after the T20 World Cup success. Programming the matches might become an issue. We feel alright if we are asked to play only four away matches, three matches at home in an year, and the World Cup once in two years. This will ensure that the 50-50 game do not lose out to the latest fad,'' the Aussie captain, who has his own reservations on T20 format, said.

Adam Gilchrist also refused to agree that the T20 surge would affect the other two formats. ''T20 has taken the world by storm and lot of people are watching it. This may play a big part in the game of cricket in the future and we have to invite it,'' Gilchrist said.

''However, ODI and Test cricket are more challenging, and the latter one is the real cricket,'' he stressed.

The Aussie Vice captain said Australia was firm in its view that Test cricket was the best form of cricket and it was most testing of all other formats.

UNI

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