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Shaw blast for Twenty20 cynics

Glamorgan coach Adrian Shaw has hit out at the cynics who claim Twenty20 cricket is an unskilled form of the game.

The Welsh county open their Twenty20 Cup campaign at a home to Gloucestershire tonight (7pm) – a sell-out crowd approaching 4,000 marking their Cardiff homecoming under the Sophia Gardens floodlights.

Weather-permitting, it should be a fun night – and Shaw is glad to be part of it after missing out on the competition as a player.

“It is a competition that brings people together – families and kids – and that’s got to be good for the game,” he said.

“People think it’s ‘Wham, Bam, thank you mam, but there is plenty of skill in it. It’s not just a case of going out there and having a slog. Teams have focused on it because it’s a massive money-spinner and the fans love it.”

“As far as the players are concerned, it might lack the gravitas of a 50-over competition, but the counties do very well commercially out of it and you can understand why it’s become so popular.”

With a crippling injury list, Shaw had considered the option of a loan signing to cover the Twenty20 Cup fortnight where the 18 counties – split into three section – will play eight fixtures to determine qualification for the quarter-finals.

But Glamorgan’s problems have eased slightly with Damian Wright, Simon Jones, Ryan Watkins, Robert Croft and Alex Wharf shaking off various complaints. Teenager Tom Maynard has also been called up after making 71 on his senior debut, against Gloucestershire in the Friends Provident Trophy, 12 days ago.

“Hopefully we’ll get a bit of momentum going in the competition,” said Shaw, whose side head to Edgbaston on Sunday before hosting Somerset on Tuesday.

“Any game over 20 overs will close the gap between teams.”

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