| GEO Sports|
| Seminar to mark ACC’s silver jubilee celebration|
| Updated at: 2352 PST, Saturday, July 05, 2008|
KARACHI: A seminar was held here on Saturday at a local hotel in connection with the ceremonies of silver jubilee of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). The seminar expressed the determination of not destroying the image of Test cricket despite the popularity of Twenty20 cricket.
Views on past, present and future of Asian cricket were exchanged in the seminar in which officials of the cricket boards and former cricketers participated.
Wasim Akram said that the contests between Pakistan and India played an important role in promotion of cricket in Asia. He declared Lala Amarnath and Abdul Hafeez Kardar the founders of Asian cricket.
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said on this occasion that he is not a fan of Twenty20 cricket. He said that the money earned from Twenty20 cricket should be spent to popularise Test and One-day International cricket.
In the second session, chairman England Cricket Board Giles Clarke and president Indian Cricket Board Shashank Manohar addressed.
Clarke said that Twenty20 cricket is very rapidly becoming popular and 95 per cent tickets of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in England in 2009 have so far been sold.
He said that we have to take care that with Twenty20, Test cricket should not be affected.
He said that the ECB is considering to hold test cricket championship.
In the final session of the seminar, chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Dr Nasim Ashraf and president Sri Lanka cricket board Ranatunga addressed.