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“Volume of T20 cricket has increased”, Salman Butt Warns ICC

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt urged the ICC to monitor the number of T20 leagues played in a calendar year.

Butt feels that too much T20 cricket might reduce the standard of cricket, and the players might not stay interested in playing international cricket, especially ODIs and Test cricket, in the near future.

Salman Butt Warns ICC

South Africa and the United Arab Emirates are the two countries in line to launch their respective T20 competitions next year in January. The fact that IPL owners have invested in teams of both leagues is likely to boost their revenue models.

“Sadly, it looks like this way. I really pray that apart from leagues, the real legacy of cricket (Test and ODIs), that it does not get finished. The ICC needs to decide how many leagues should be played in a year and who gets to organise these leagues.

If there are leagues left, right and centre, then the standard would not be there and the players would not have as much interest in international cricket,” Butt said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel.

Butt also said that the advent of T20 leagues across the globe has hampered ODI cricket the most.

“It’s because of the leagues. Leagues have reduced the amount of ODI cricket, and the volume of T20 cricket has increased. People were finding it hard to digest T20 cricket and now they have introduced T10 cricket just to get into the Olympics. Neither they would call you nor would you go there,” he added.

The CSA will start their brand new T20 league, claiming it to be the second best franchise tournament after IPL, at the expense of scrapping the ODI series against Australia in January 2023.

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