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England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler believes that Twenty20 Internationals shouldn’t be scrapped and nor should the format solely be played in franchise competitions.
Buttler’s comments come after England head coach Trevor Bayliss expressed his desire to see Twenty20 Internationals removed. He added that the format should be limited to domestic tournaments, while a World Cup should be held every four years.
However, Buttler, who captained England for a short period of time during the recently concluded T20 tri-series, which also included Australia and New Zealand, has a very different view on the matter.
“Trevor Bayliss spoke on Sunday about perhaps scrapping Twenty20 internationals outside of World Cups but I wouldn’t be in favour of that,” he wrote in his column for Sky Sports. “Franchise T20 competitions are great and the skill level is very high, but playing for your country is a huge honour and T20 is so popular that it should be recognised as an international game.
“I wouldn’t enjoy it if I knew I was only going to get to play T20 for England for six months every four years.”
Meanwhile, the 27-year-old stood firm on his comments that Twenty20 cricket may be the only format in the sport in 15 to 20 years’ time.
“Obviously I made some comments to Ian Ward last week about perhaps T20 being the only format in 15 or 20 years’ time – I just feel like that is potentially where the game is going,” he wrote. “We forget that T20 cricket is only about 15 years old and considering how popular it is already, I see it going from strength to strength.
“If you are going to introduce cricket to other countries then I think T20 is the format with which to do it – it’s a great entry level into the sport and easy to pick up.
“The hope then is that new people like what they see and find a love for the longer form of the game but whether it does that or not is for the public to answer.”
With the five-match ODI series against New Zealand starting on Sunday in Hamilton, Buttler admitted that it is good to have all-rounder Ben Stokes back in the national team.
Stokes travelled to New Zealand after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on February 13.
While it remains to be seen if he will feature in the first ODI, Buttler admitted that his presence in the squad has boosted morale.
“Ben Stokes is back with us – it had a back-at-school feel when he trained with us for the first time having been away for a bit! He is excited, has fitted in well, and it’s like he’s never been away,” Buttler wrote. “He brings so much to the group on and off the field and is fantastic to bat with.
“He takes a lot of pressure off you with the things he is capable off, so hopefully I can have some good partnerships with him, not just for England but also in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals.
“He’s a phenomenal talent and you probably have the best seat in the house when you’re batting with him.”