Mike Hesson, CA bat for T20 internationals

England coach Trevor Bayliss feels the shortest format should be scrapped from the international calendar, but his opponents spell out the advantages.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson reasoned that the shortest format also brings in revenue and it is a big deal.   -  AFP

Following England’s elimination from the tri-series in New Zealand on Sunday, coach Trevor Bayliss strengthened his anti-T20 stance. The England boss believes T20 cricket should be scrapped from the international calendar; but his thoughts didn’t sync with his opponents in the tournament, Australia and New Zealand.

‘‘Look, I haven’t changed my opinion on it. I wouldn’t play T20 internationals. If we continue putting on so many games there’ll be a certain amount of blowout with not just players but coaches as well,’’ he told Sky Sports.

‘‘If you want to play a World Cup every four years or whatever it is, maybe six months before you get the international teams and let them play some T20 cricket. But I’d just let the franchises play (beyond that),” he added.

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Cricket Australia (CA) — which will host the men’s and women’s World T20 in the next two years — will be keen to field its best cricketers. A top official revealed that the board is trying to organise two bilateral series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan later this year.

On the other hand, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson reasoned that the shortest format also brings in revenue. ‘‘There’s always a workload issue – I think that’s fair – but there’s also a revenue-generation issue as well,’’ he told The Age.

Hesson pointed how T20 is a big deal in New Zealand. “To get 35,000 people to Eden Park or whatever it was the other day (at the match) is huge for us, huge for the game and huge for the promotion of the game. And we certainly get great support for T20 internationals over here,” he added.

Coincidentally, England reached the finals of the World T20 in 2016, with Bayliss as coach, where it lost to West Indies by a whisker.

Bayliss also tasted IPL success. Kolkata Knight Riders won the title twice (in 2012 and 2014) under his guidance.

Trevor Bayliss (extreme left) with the Kolkata Knight Riders team during the IPL.   -  K.R. DEEPAK


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