Sydney, Feb 18: Cricket great Shane Warne has said that the introduction of Thirty30 cricket is the best method to keep children under the age of 14 interested in the game, in a documentation of his thoughts on the future of international cricket on his website.
Setting his sights on grassroots cricket, Warne said that in today’s age of technology, where there are a number of distractions for children, it is necessary for a new initiative to be put in place in schools, to get the children to understand that cricket is all about participation and enjoyment, the Herald Sun reports.
Explaining about a self-designed programme on the issue, which Warne had named 30/30″ School Cricket Program, he said that under the programme, every child must play for 30 overs each side with a 10 minute- change over.
The programme also mentioned that every player must bowl three overs, batsmen should retire at 30 overs, and the playing time should be between 9 AM TO 1 PM.
Warne also stated that state players in Australia should visit schools frequently to promote the game.
Adding that it is important for children to meet the cricket stars to keep them interested in the domestic first class game, Warne said that like in any good business, the foundations have to be strong for the top to be the best.
Calling on parents to support their children if they want to pursue a career in cricket, Warne said that the difficulty in the correct programs is finding the balance between giving everyone a go to keep them interested, while giving the stand out players the attention they need and deserve. (ANI)