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Oz channel for reinstatement of all wkts in 2nd inngs in split ODIs

Melbourne: Australia`s Channel Nine has said that it will approach Cricket Australia with a proposal for reinstatement of all wickets in the second innings of `s radically revamped split-innings one-day matches to be trialled domestically next season.

According to a newspaper, as a trade-off to the fielding side, Nine will ask CA to explore the possibility of removing the limitations on how many overs a bowler can bowl.

"We would certainly like to see the wickets restored for the second innings," said Brad McNamara, the former NSW all-rounder who is Channel Nine`s executive producer of cricket.

"Maybe there is no restriction on bowlers, but you force the fields up for longer periods. The better bowlers can bowl to those fields. It is about getting the balance between bat and ball."

Broadcasters such as Nine are concerned that should a team lose many wickets in the first innings, the prospect of watching tailenders struggle to keep their wickets in the second innings is not appealing to viewers.

And should the tailenders be dismissed swiftly in the second innings and lose the match, networks will be left with hours of space to fill.

While Nine will not show the inter-state games - Fox Sports holds those rights - they are the international broadcast partner of CA and have significant weight at the negotiating table.

The split-innings formula has been trialled in England`s second division, where teams have two 20-over innings each - essentially back-to-back Twenty20s.

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