IPL format seems to be the best way forward for cricket.
December 29, 2009 1:51am CST
Yes, you read it right. The format of IPL, I believe should be taken up seriously all over the world as it seems to be the best way forward for a sport that is slowing approaching death. I mean, with the amount of cricket that is played these days, the interest of a lot of people(including me) has reached a point of saturation. IPL has probably come at the right time to bail the game out. I guess, this format should be taken up in all cricket playing nations, where local clubs/franchises play against each other in a league format that stretches for something like 10 months having around 20 teams. International cricket at the same time should be restricted to just the major competitions like the World Cup, Champions Trophy, Asia cup along with a few friendlies in between. There should be an international transfer market where players can be exchanged. Just putting it short, somthing on the lines of club football especially Europrean style. What do you guys think.
29 Dec 09
Well, I never actually wanted to say that test cricket is boring. Maybe an edit button could help. All I'm trying to say is that the FORMAT of IPL i.e., the club structure is something I want to see employed in cricket. Its just that we cannot possibly have tests involved in this format as if there are 20 teams in the league, on home and away basis, every team will need to play 38 tests in a season, which is near impossible. I wouldn't mind even if one-dayers were preferred annd not T20's. I also mentioned that we could have some international breaks where national teams could play against each other including test matches.
29 Dec 09
if i start on IPL,i may not stop so just a few queries? what do you mean when u said "I mean, with the amount of cricket that is played these days, the interest of a lot of people(including me) has reached a point of saturation"? are you saying that we are playing too much cricket or too much non-quality cricket? if you are saying too much cricket,IPL is yet another load that has to be carried and i see no saving grace there. if you are saying we are not playing quality cricklet,you must be from some other planet,we havent played against a week team for years now. simply put IPL is changing cricket but in a opposite way like changing a lion into a pussycat. flat pitches,short boundaries,too many batsmen friendly condition. more importantly,its the bowlers who are fearing the batsmen which was the other way around a few years ago. see i told you i get carried away if i start on IPL
29 Dec 09
I respect your opinion for what it is but I'd like to put my case forward too. Stsrting off with the explanation for my statement: We are actually playing a lot of cricket( quality was not even on my mind). This is exactly why I feel that international cricket should be done away with. We could have clubs playing each other on weekends while on the weekdays there shouldn't be much cricket like it happens in any other team sport. Now don't give me excuses like why should cricket follow other sports. Club domestic structure has thrived for decades in almost all sports. Also, as far as your opinion about T20 changing a lion into a pussycat (LOL-that was nice) is concerned, it may be true. Infact it is to an extent but these things can be changed by the ICC if they really want to. I'll take my own case here. I was one of thise cricket fanatics in India who'd go to sleep without dinner if India lost. That was about 10-12 years ago though. These days if Sachin gets out, I don't even feel like watching a match. Also, I don't understand the importance of bilateral or trilateral series between nations anymore. I mean, can you name all the series any country took part in about 5 years ago? Its almost impossible because once its over, everyone forgets about it. Atleast if a tournament like IPL is played throughout the year and then a winner is decided, people will remember it for decades.