12 Nov 2009

Beefy takes the long handle to T20

11:48 am on 12 November 2009

The former England captain and charismatic all-rounder Sir Ian Botham has taken an axe to Twenty20 cricket, saying administrative exploitation of the format is killing the game.

The scheduling of another World Twenty20 tournament next year close on the heels of the 2009 event in England, has caused much criticism of the schedule.

Botham's made his irritation clear, telling Wisden Cricketer magazine too much Twenty20 cricket is being played and the greed of authorities will kill the game.

He says it should be restricted to domestic and franchise-type competitions.

Many senior players, including the Australian captain Ricky Ponting, have worried publicly at what the format will do to the career priorities of the next generation of players.