x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Forum: Your T20 team among the oldies

What if the stars of yesteryears played the new format that is catching the fancy of many.

The golden ages of cricket were often played out with little more at stake than pride, or the promise of expenses for the train fare.

How Twenty20 has changed the landscape of cricket during its short lifespan. Now players can earn astronomical fees for three hours of hit-and-giggle cricket, as well as a medal to say they are the best in the world at it. If Tyron Henderson, one of the costliest flambes in the T20 pan, could command a price of US$650,000 (Dh2.3m) at auction, what might Sobers have earned?

Here we pick a side from the annals of history who were old too soon for the T20 revolution, but who would surely have been stars in this arena. (With apologies to Sobers, Richards, Compton, Proctor and Bradman, you were too good for this format.)

The detailed story delves into the merits of the selection but the playing XI looks like this:

Gordon Greenidge (West Indies)

Graham Gooch (England)

Vivian Richards (West Indies)

David Hookes (Australia)

Mike Llewellyn (Glamorgan)

Albert Trott (England and Australia)

Farokh Engineer (India)

Kapil Dev (India)

Gavin Larsen (New Zealand)

Abdul Qadir (Pakistan)

Joel Garner (West Indies)