Cricket Australia foresee complete Twenty20, Test split

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Sydney, Apr. 8 (ANI): Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland has predicted that Australia would have separate Test and Twenty20 sides in the future.

Sutherland said: "Twenty20 has come on, it has changed the environment. If you project forward 10 years, you've got to ask yourself, 'What does the game look like?' You've got more players playing the game. Is it possible that a player becomes more of a specialist in Twenty20 cricket and is less of a specialist in a longer form of the game, whether it's one-day or Test cricket, and does that create a whole new marketplace for Australian teams?

"You're not going to have the teams playing at the same time in Australia .. we're talking about an international sport, we play cricket all over the world ... the program is cluttered during our southern hemisphere summer when everyone is playing cricket at the same time. So perhaps there are opportunities there to look at things a little bit differently," he added.

Administrators are fast running out of ideas on how to schedule three formats of the game while revenue-raising domestic Twenty20 tournaments also infiltrate the market. Overworked players have also asked for kinder schedules.

There are Twenty20 and Test specialists, and it is foreseeable that Australia would have enough of each to field two separate sides in the future. (ANI)

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