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Sports letter: Backward step for cricket.

Byline: J.Williams

IGNORE the hype, Twenty20 cricket will be the death of our summer sport.

This new, jazzy, speeded-up version of the game has pulled in the crowds -for now -but cricket is selling its soul for a fast buck.

Let's face it, most people attending county games like to sit back and watch the action unfold with a thermos of coffee.

Whether it likes it or not,cricket needs the army of pensioners snuggling under their tartan blankets who regularly turn up at county games. After all, no one else has the time and money to go and watch midweek championship cricket -the breeding ground of Test cricket.

New fans have turned up in their thousands for Twenty20 games, lured by all the non-cricketing extras and the hot weather. But can the game's authorities really rely on them to turn up for slower paced `proper'games, without the fireworks and the blaring music, in all weather? Somehow I think not.

J.Williams, Liverpool.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2003
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