New Zealand coach Mike Hesson didn’t share Trevor Bayliss’ sentiments that T20s should be scrapped from the international calendar.
Hesson, whose side face Australia in the final of the Trans-Tasman T20 Series final on Wednesday, agreed with Bayliss’ concerns regarding burnout among players and coaches, but insisted that the shortest version of the game had a role to play internationally.
‘There’s always a workload issue, I think that’s fair, but there’s also a revenue generation issue,’ said Hesson, quoted by AFP.
‘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,’ said Hesson.
The New Zealander rejected the notion that T20 internationals were meaningless.
‘You’ve got guys that only play T20 and that’s their chance to play international cricket, so I think absolutely it’s meaningful.’
England coach Bayliss sparked the debate on Sunday when he called for T20 internationals to be scrapped, citing the burden on top players and coaches.
‘I wouldn’t play T20 internationals, I’d just let the franchises play,’ Bayliss told Sky Sports.
‘If we continue putting on so many games, there’ll be a certain amount of blowout, not just players, but coaches as well,’ he added.
England will miss out on the final of the Trans-Tasman T20 Series despite beating New Zealand by two runs on Sunday.