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'I'd have jumped at the chance to play T20 cricket' - Haynes

Renaldo Matadeen

August 14, 2013

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Desmond Haynes lets out an appeal, PCA Masters v Barbados Masters, The Oval, June 8, 2008
Desmond Haynes believes the emergence of Twenty20 will only be good for the game, both on and off the pitch © Getty Images
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Desmond Haynes, the former West Indies opener, has thrown his full support behind the Twenty20 bandwagon permeating throughout cricket today. Haynes, who once held the world record for the most ODI runs (8648), is currently coaching the Barbados Tridents in the first edition of the Caribbean Premier League. He highlighted the tournament as a case study of success.

"People focus too much on the cons and negatives but how many people look at the positives (of T20s)? This needs to come out more," Haynes said. "If I had T20 cricket to play in my day, I'd have jumped at it. Do you know how hard it was to earn a living back in my day? You had to travel all over the world to earn a living outside the international game. A lot of cricketers didn't get the chance to see their families often and to see their kids grow up. T20 offers the financial means to ply your trade and make a living, especially for younger players."

Haynes spoke about worldwide T20 tournaments that are refurbishing grounds, adding infrastructure such as pitches, cricket academies and training clinics. He also mentioned the protracted benefits of this renaissance within contemporary limited overs.

"While young players train for ODIs and Tests, they get the chance to play in T20 tournaments and land sponsors, money for tools and gears...and the stability for their futures, on and off the field," Haynes said. "T20 helps settle a player's career in ways we, the old guard, never experienced."

Haynes cautioned that there would continue to be conflicts with players, T20 windows, international clearances from respective boards, and much more issues that would arise as the cricketing fraternity is still adapting to embrace this format of the game.

He said that a balance needs to be struck to allow all formats of the game to exist. Currently overseeing the table leaders Barbados, he stipulated that aspiring international batsmen needed to hone their craft to play all versions, and not be pigeonholed into one aspect of the game. Haynes spoke highly on the influx of sponsors, revenues and the boosts to the marketing, advertising and corporate industries of the sporting landscape.

"Seasoned veterans like myself, Andy (Roberts), Gordon (Greenidge) and (Curtly) Ambrose also get to coach in something like the CPL and help develop the game with the youngsters. It's a great opportunity to get old players, young ones and international players mingling and learning from each other.

"Everyone, or most people, love T20. You've got to have the passion back in the stands and crowds at the games. Look at how things are happening here in the Caribbean again. People are flocking to back their franchises. Everyone's backing each other, no matter where you're from. It adds unity to the Caribbean and it's doing us a lot of good. This is a great thing for Windies cricket. The atmosphere with the fans and supporters show this right now."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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Posted by   on (August 16, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

Where were these comments during the period when most of the Carib wanted to Hang Chris Gayle for merely mentioning he love T/20 cricket??

Posted by Mr.Arrack on (August 16, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

I"m sorry but this Idea that TEST cricket needs to fit " modern day life" needs to be abandoned. Yes, certain rule changes have caused a change in the nature of Test Cricket but has managed to stay beautiful. This "Modern day life" is similar to T20, to succeed in "Modern day life " and T20, We need to have the skill, stamina, patience, planning and team work of the Test game. If you want to relax forget the yoga retreat and enjoy the beauty of the rain day during a test series.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (August 15, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

20/20 & Test for the win .....

since 20/20 ,,, limited over ODI has become the most boring format !

I see 50 over ODI as an intermediate game for the minor nations to play to practice for test !

Maybe the should have 100 over 2 day games ! ....

or triple innings 20/20 , where you have 3 innings and you combined scores of 3 give you the win, with bonus points for each individual innings .....

you could win overall, and be losing 2-1 .....

reduce it to 15 overs if you have to .....

but it would be interesting ! .....

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 15, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

We complain that test cricket is being usurped by the shorter formats of the game, but the seeds of this problem were planted from the moment the ICC imposed restrictions on the game; minimum of 90 overs a day when most games finished with a result inside three days , 2 bouncers per over, shortened run-ups, and the list goes on. Greed and the obsessive need for certain teams to be on top took precedence over the dynamism of the game. The decline of test cricket coincided with the decline of West Indies. Pakistan, and Australia, teams who made the game exciting, and were not afraid of short pitched bowling, and "bouncing" each other. The problem lay with those teams who did not produce quality and incisive fast bowling. Thirty or so years down the line the ICC has reaped the "rewards" of those restrictions. They have ultimately lost control, and the balance of power has shifted to private enterprise. I laud the IPl, CPL, Big Bash etc. Serves you right for tampering with Art.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

test cricket is pure cricket , and even in test cricket some t20 batting manifests itself when batting teams are chasing big runs . here's the problem with west indies cricket ,our fast bowlers ,some can bowl quick but they cant control thier pace ,line or lenght , some cannot swing the ball both ways ,and some can't even get swing in conditions that favour swing .our young spinner narine claims to have so many variations ,and yet he struggles to land a ball on the same spot for 5 deliveries ,and in the test format ,he will go for runs and not get wickets because batsmen are wating for the bad ball. batting in the caribbean is weak ,not one of our modern age batsmen can play the ball softly into gaps ,something english ,indian ,southafrican,pakistan and sri lankan players do well ,all the greats of the game do it so that says it all ,we dont have a system that produces world beaters so we will never have any ,just a bunch of overrated hitters and bowlers

Posted by BigINDFan on (August 15, 2013, 0:34 GMT)

T20 is cricket which calls for innovation, entertainment and competition. Most important guaranteed results. These are things that modern day spectator wants in any sport so why not in cricket. Test cricket had its glory days but is dying. Even the grand Ashes series is losing its charm since Aus batting was pathetic and cannot compete with Eng. ODIs will soon follow the footsteps of Tests if ICC does not figure out how to make each of the format entertaining, competitive and appealing to the spectators. Make changes like indoor stadiums, day night tests, reduce the number of innings and days in Tests etc.

@xylo - Haynes playing T20s fun, WV Raman hilarious :-) Even better Bishen Singh Bedi!

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (August 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

TEST cricket is patently the only REAL form of the game. The shortened formats are merely lavish, expensive versions of kiddie cricket.

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