Clarke seeks T20 recognition
Australian Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke believes the shortest form of cricket will be granted more recognition in coming seasons.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 17/02/10 11:04am
Australia Twenty20 captain Michael Clarke believes the shortest form of cricket will be granted more recognition in coming seasons.
The newest form of the game, which has seen increased popularity around the world of late, is likely to be included in voting for the esteemed Allan Border Medal for the first time from next year.
Australia's 20-over matches were not included in this year's Border Medal count on Monday night, despite all of Australia's Test and one-day internationals over the preceding 12 months counting towards the vote, with separate awards for Australia's Test and one-day players of the year.
But Clarke hopes that players that play in the new format will be recognised for their achievements in the near future.
"Correct me if I am wrong but I think that will be happening (next season)," said Clarke.
"The reason that didn't happen this year is there were only a couple of one-off games over the last 12-month period but now, with the amount of cricket we have got and the Twenty20 World Cup coming up, there should be some recognition.
"Twenty20 is bringing a lot of new people to the game which is great and I really think it is another (legitimate) form of the game now.
"We have got Tests, one-dayers and now Twenty20 so the guys that perform well in that form of the game deserve that recognition."
Clarke's immediate focus is on the final 50-over game of the season against West Indies at the MCG on Friday night, but the new skipper is already looking forward to the upcoming Twenty20 internationals ahead of the World Twenty20 in May.
"We have four games in a row so that will really be good preparation for us," added Clarke.
"It's a great chance for the whole squad to get together and really use the next four games as a platform for the Twenty20 World Cup.
"These are our last four (Twenty20) games before the (Twenty20) World Cup and as a group we need to make the most of them.
"We have some very good individual players that have had success in the KFC Big Bash and in the IPL but we need to be playing well as a team and it's important we continue on from beating the world champions (Pakistan) in our last (Twenty20 international) recently."