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Aussies not to increase Twenty20 program

Source - news.com.au

Cricket Australia has no intention of lobbying for more international Twenty20 matches, despite claims the new format will inevitably replace the 50-overs game.

The International Cricket Council permits countries to host only three Twenty20 matches in their home summer, and no more than two against the same opponent.

This means nations cannot play a best-of-three series, and one-day internationals retain their significance.

Australia has increased its Twenty20 itinerary to two games this summer, with the sell-out clash against New Zealand at the WACA Ground tomorrow night followed by another against India on February 1 at the MCG.

While Twenty20 has become all the rage, CA public affairs manager Peter Young said his board was comfortable with the ICC's guidelines.

"Our view is that Twenty20 has to find a place that complements, but does not compromise, Test and ODI cricket that already exists," Young said. "We have started to move towards the view that there is a lot of potential to develop it as an interstate style of product."

CA is playing a leading role in developing cricket's own version of soccer's Champions League, which would see the best two domestic teams from Australia, India, England and South Africa play off for $1 million.

The inaugural Twenty20 world championship was an overwhelming success this year, and has prompted former New Zealand star Adam Parore to claim the 50-overs game would eventually die.

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