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States will play Twenty20: Sutherland

By Sam Lienert 13/01/2005 08:35:34 PM Comments (0)

Twenty20 cricket's overwhelming success has ensured the concept will be played at state level nationally next season, Australian Cricket Association CEO James Sutherland said.

Sutherland said the crowd response for the first two matches in Australia was impossible to ignore.

A crowd of more than 20,000 watched Australia A play Pakistan in a 20-overs-a-side match at Adelaide Oval, which followed a capacity crowd at the WACA to watch Western Australia play Victoria.

"It's a fantastic response," Sutherland said at Adelaide Oval.

"You can't fail to be impressed or excited about the potential that this form of the game might have."

Sutherland said the ACA wanted to be responsive to the public as it developed a state schedule for next season, and the crowds for the matches to date sent an unmistakable message that fans wanted Twenty20 cricket to become a regular part of Australian summers.

"We need to, it's happening in other parts of the world and has been embraced at domestic cricket level," he said.

"The signals we're getting in these last two days is that it's something the fans are interested in seeing more of and we need to look at the way in which we can introduce it on perhaps a more formal basis next season."

It was too early to say when it would be introduced at full international level in Australia, but the opportunity to lift crowds for state matches was enticing for Sutherland.

"For an unofficial match between two state teams to have a capacity crowd is just a phenomenal result," he said.

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