T20 World Cup: SA reached its first final ever — but staying at the top will take a rethink of junior cricket

At youth level, cricket should be designed to promote more people playing it and learning a range of skills rather than specialising in one aspect of the game, says the author

30 June 2024 - 23:39 By Mogammad Sharhidd Taliep

For the first time ever, South Africa reached the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (https://www.icc-cricket.com/tournaments/t20cricketworldcup). They lost to India in Barbados on June 29. T20 cricket is a shortened version of one-day cricket and has revolutionised the sport in the past 20 years. But, warns cricket scholar (https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=Sharhidd+Taliep&btnG=) Sharhidd Taliep, if the country wants to keep reaching finals, it will need to modify the T20 format that’s played by young cricketers. Currently they play the same version of T20 as competitive adult cricketers and this isn’t good for growing the all-round skills needed...

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