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Chappell backs radical Twenty20 plans

Australian legend Greg Chappell has backed Cricket Australia’s (CA) radical plans to shake up state Twenty20 cricket and he believes it will help develop more elite Australian cricketers.

CA announced yesterday that it would launch a new city based Twenty20 league in 2012 which they hope will become the summer's answer to the NRL and AFL.

The plans will cause the biggest shake up in Australian state cricket since the launch of World Series Cricket by Kerry Packer in the late 1970's and Chappell feels the plans would bring Australia onto a level playing field with India.

“There's no doubt that 20-over cricket is going to be a big part of the future of the game” said Chappell. “The idea of expanding the competition is good, it fits in well with the development of young cricketers, it means some more young cricketers will get exposure at the domestic level.”

Chappell still wants Australia’s best cricketers to play in the existing Sheffield Shield and one-day competitions and he hopes the new city based Twenty20 league won’t stop players learning the longer form of the game.

. "Four-day cricket is a very important part of our development process and even for developing players to play short-form cricket," he said.

"There's an element of the longer form of processes, of decision making, stamina, resilience - all those things that are an important part of the make-up of a player, whatever format he's going to play."

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