Cricket can set you up for life

6 02 2010

Adrian Seconi of the Otago Daily Times talks to the Otago coach Mike Hesson about the rise and rise of Twenty20 cricket and the financial impact it’s having on players and the game.  Hesson, initially suspicious of the shortest form of the game, now sees it as an important tool in retaining young talent:

“If you are a promising youngster who is a good athlete and good at a number of sports, cricket is now a real option.  It can set you up for life, and without Twenty20 that was not really an option. We lost a lot of talented athletes to other sports.  In the past, if you were involved in cricket in New Zealand, you could make a living. But you couldn’t set yourself up for life after sport, whereas now, if you are an elite player and you do well, you certainly get extremely well remunerated”

Source: Otago Daily Times, 21 January 2010