IPL, ICL threatening composition of national sides: Ponting

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Melbourne, Feb 22 (UNI) Worried about the impact of the Twenty20 revolution in India on international cricket, Australian captain Ricky Ponting blamed it for threatening to spoil the composition of national sides.

''The amount of money being bandied around here and the amount of money and power the Indian board, the BCCI, has, who knows how cricket administration worldwide is going to pan out,'' Ponting wrote in his column for the 'The Australian'.

Warning the various cricket boards to be careful about the implications of the IPL and the ICL, Ponting berated the International Cricket Council (ICC) for failing to recognise and tap the potenial of the T20 format.

''Twenty20 cricket has been big at domestic level for most of this decade in England, then South Africa and now Australia,'' skipper said.

''It was obvious by the crowds at that level that it was going to be big. If the ICC had jumped on it then and developed Twenty20 cricket to its potential instead of trying to keep a lid on it then there might not have been any need for an IPL to counter the rebel Indian Cricket League,'' he said.

The 33-year-old urged the ICC to accomodate the lucrative IPL in the international calendar.

''If the ICC is saying it can't find a window for the IPL, then those running the game will have to be careful how they handle this Twenty20 phenomenon,'' Ponting added.

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