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Kiwi coach rejects call to scrap T20

Wellington: New Zealand coach Mike Hesson today defended international Twenty20 cricket on Monday after his English counterpart called for it to be cut from the sports crowded calendar.
Hesson acknowledged England coach Trevor Bayliss concerns about burnout among players and staff but said T20 had an important role to play internationally.
"There's always a workload issue, I think that's fair, but there's also a revenue generation issue," he told reporters.
"In some countries that's not as big a deal but for New Zealand Cricket, to get 35,000 people to Eden Park is huge for us, huge for the game and huge for the promotion of the game."
Hesson also rejected the notion that T20 internationals were not meaningful fixtures.
"Too right they are," he said. "Youve got guys that only play T20 and that's their chance to play international cricket, so I think absolutely its meaningful."
Bayliss sparked the debate after his side failed to qualify for the trans-Tasman T20 series final, despite beating New Zealand by two runs in Hamilton on Sunday. The Australian, who was appointed as England's head coach in all forms of the game in 2015, questioned the wisdom of retaining the T20 format at the top level, citing the burden on top players and coaches.
Instead, he suggested administrators could ease international fixture congestion by leaving T20 to domestic competitions such as India's IPL and the Australian Big Bash League. "I wouldn't play T20 internationals, Id just let the franchises play," Bayliss said. "If we continue putting on so many games there will be a certain amount of blowout from it."
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