ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Michael Atherton says England needs a world-class T20 tournament

England crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 after being defeated by Bangladesh in Adelaide on Monday. It was their fourth defeat in five games in Pool A match, which resulted in their farewell from the mega tournament. The shock exit of the three times World Cup finalists and one of the strongest nations in the sport, has drawn reactions from all corners of the world. The press have come heavily on the English players and management for another dismal World Cup performance.

Disappointed with the side’s show in the tournament, former England skipper Michael Atherton on Tuesday said that his country’s cricket requires a “world-class Twenty20 tournament”, to make the team a tough challenger in the limited-overs format.

“Twenty20 is the key to developing the next batch of 50-over cricketers because most countries are playing at that tempo now, albeit stretched over a longer period of time. Picking the right kind of players is like picking a good dividend-paying stock,” Atherton was quoted in a report from MiD-Day.

“For too long, England have refused to accept that the game has changed and other teams are playing a more dynamic, more aggressive, more flexible form of the game,” he added.