The future of cricket

on July 17, 2008 by Administrator

Twenty20 was born in England but it got its legs in India. Now the ECB is playing catch up and have decided that an English Premier League is the way forward. Where is cricket going?

I am a cricket lover, it was the sport I showed most gift for as a youngster. I played for my school and thoroughly enjoyed the sport. At school level you actually play 20 over games (well they did when I was a nipper – not sure if they still do now) and now that form of the game is the biggest thing to happen to the game since Kerry Packer waltzed on to the scene.

Twenty20 has done what world Series Cricket did in Australia – it has brought the game to women and children. The traditionalists do not enjoy T20 cricket, I know a lot of people who are very much against it but they shouldn’t see it as a rival to the longer forms of the game.

Test matches are the pinnacle of the sport for this generation but in the future will this still be the case? Will kids grow up wanting to hit a century at Lords to beat the Aussies for a few thousand pounds or would they prefer to play three Twenty20 games in the same five day period for twenty times the financial gain?

This is the question that cricket has to ask itself. Overkill of Twenty20 will lead to a generation of players who will only learn how to play the shortest version of the game. The rise in popularity of the Twenty20 game has led to more attacking and aggressive form of test cricket, which has been good for the game. However you can hear the twitching of players who are eager to earn vast sums of money in the Indian Premier League.

Twenty20 is a form of the game that’ll attract interest from those that aren’t traditionally cricket fans. It is also a form of the game that could be marketable in the United States. Twenty20 is definitely the future but cricket cannot forget its past. Twenty20 and Test cricket must both work and continue to work in the future.

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