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T20 needs to be controlled: Jayawardene

Colombo, Aug 7 (UNI) Fearing a possible split in the international cricket because of the growing popularity of Twenty20 cricket, a worried Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene has suggested a consolidated tournament where all cricket-playing countries get to share the revenue.

Mahela, who feels the spread of this format needs to be controlled, said it is understood the players and administrators across the world driven by money and this is the high time to strike a balance and get the priorities right on developing the game's shortest format.

''At the end of the day everything is driven by money,'' Jayawardene told cricinfo.

''You have to be honest with yourself. That means the players, the administrators, everybody. As long as everyone is happy and gets to share that, I think that's the way forward. That's where everyone has to draw a compromise,'' he said.

''You need to strike a balance because they cannot compete with each other on these issues,'' he explained.

''It is important that you sit down and everyone gets together and finds one big solution. That is, to have one big tournament where you get all the revenue and cricket-playing countries to share that,'' he added.

Jayawardene did not agree with the suggestion that Twenty20 might become 'The Game' if money is the overriding factor, and reiterated that the answer lies in consolidation and not in having 'five individual tournaments'.


Story first published: Thursday, August 7, 2008, 11:06 [IST]
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