Wellington - New Zealand coach Mike Hesson defended
international Twenty20 cricket on Monday after his English counterpart called
for it to be cut from the sport's crowded calendar.
Hesson acknowledged England coach Trevor Bayliss' concerns
about burnout among players and staff but said T20 had an important role to
"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.
"You've got guys that only play T20 and that's their
chance to play international cricket, so I think absolutely it's
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, 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."
Bayliss, who has coached in both the IPL and BBL, said any
international T20s should be held in a limited window based around the ICC's
T20 World Cup.
"If you want to play a World Cup every four years or
whatever it is, maybe six months before you get the international teams and let
them play some T20 internationals," he said.
England have struggled for form in the T20 tri-series, missing
key players in the wake of the Ashes and one-day international series in
They edged past New Zealand with a two-run victory in
Hamilton on Sunday but failed to qualify for Wednesday's final against
Australia due to an inferior run rate.
The tourists still have a Test and one-day series to come in
New Zealand and Bayliss said coaching all three formats on such a marathon tour
He said it made sense to split coaching duties between
"If you go to a swimming tournament you've got 1500m
specialists and 100m specialists," he said. "I think it's definitely
the way it's heading, not just with the players."
Bayliss announced last month that he would step down as
England coach when his four-year contract ends next year.