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The Twenty20 Debate…

The ICC wants to have a global championship for it. India doesn’t. Usually I think India is just acting like a spoilt brat in terms of global cricket, but here, I have to side with them.

First of all, this 20 20 cricket is for those who find 50 overs to be too much. There is nothing new offered in 20 20, its just a limited overs game. I personally have seen ODIs between countries which have been 25 over games, and I even remember seeing one between Pakistan and India which spanned 18 overs a side in 1989.

Twenty 20 is for new markets, or for shrinking markets. Its not for South Asia where even the new countries like Nepal, Maldives, UAE and Afghanistan have absolutely no problem in playing or watching 50 over cricket.

I agree that 8 hours of attention is too much to ask for in the new countries where people have a 9-5 job and they would readily accept a 3 hour game that starts at say 6 PM and goes till 9, like the baseball games in the US. But once again, this ‘initiative’ needs to be taken FOR the markets that have this issue. I dont see the point in forcing the South Asian countries to play in a ’20 20 world cup’ (btw, I am saying this because all full members of the ICC must participate in all ICC events, unless the ICC asks them not to.)

Which brings me to another point. I think there should be only 1 world cup for a sport. Not two and not 3, unless they are fundamentally different. Europe seems to have a problem with the 8 hour game, then they should have a 20 20 european championship and the ICC can back them. If Australia wants to jump in, then they can have a EuroAustralia cup or something. But I dont see the point of having a world cup in which the ICC will require all of their members to participate.

I was reading on the net that many people in the US (an example of a new market) are also loosing their interest in the games which span 3 hours, and are more into the games that last 90-120 mins. I guess once that theory comes into the picture the ICC will also start a 10 10 World Championships. We will keep going down for the most stupid of people who have only a 10 sec attention span, and for them we can have a 1 1 world cup. No, thats not 1 over each, that would be 1 ball each.

I think all that the ICC needs to do is to back regional 20 20 championships in Europe and EAP, where this problem has surfaced of the ODI being too long. Forget about world championships until all countries have played it and are on board with the viabilty of the format. Until then, England/ Aus can scrap the ODI concept in their home series and start playing only 20 20 if they want to.

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  1. Sobhit Man Shrestha
    February 25, 2006 at 5:47 am

    20/20 cricket is a really good concept because it cuts time to spend for everybody who involves. Lengthy time would disturb people to come to see cricket & in 50 overs game between 20 to 40 overs games are got slow which bored people.
    Changing is the universal rule, nothing remains same. Everything has to change so it will be good move. & everybody has to accept it.

  2. Cuen Lucas
    March 2, 2006 at 10:28 am

    I’m all for it as well, it’s an exiting format that has produced interesting, exiting finishes, and because it’s so much shorter you can can fit as many as 6 games in a single day, even as many a 9 at a stretch, 10:00 – 13:00,
    14:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 21:00, and that’s if the host only has 3 grounds
    (keeping in mind that at the 2003 WC there were at most 3 games a day) so the limiting factor would be amount of available T.V. channels. What does all of this mean? You could have more teams in a WC that would take the same amount of time as a regular 50 over World Cup and cricket would recieve a healthy dose of coverage as a truly global sport.

  3. March 2, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    Why not promote the Hong Kong sixes format? that game is usually over in an hour. And it is a fundamentally different

    But I must say, if the ICC is planning on a Twenty20 with 32 teams, and 8 pools like the football WC, it would be interesting to follow.

  4. Cuen Lucas
    March 4, 2006 at 8:12 am

    Personally, I’m not sold on sixes cricket at all, but this idea of 32 teams in the 20/Twenty WC? Now THAT’s a WORLD cup!

  5. March 5, 2006 at 1:39 am

    I think the true place for 20 20 is as an olypic sport. Think about this; the olympic committee says that any sport which is played by 40 countries in the world, and by both men and women can be an olympic sport. Cricket meets that criteria. But a 50 over game cannot be incorporated in the olympic schedule, and I think the Olympic committee also gave this as an excuse for the exclusion.

    Twenty20 solves that problem. ICC should try to put up 20 20 on the olympic roster. The main thing is that this is amazing for development, because a lot of south east asian countries are not that much interested in cricket primarily becuase it is not an olypic sport. Additionally, if it becomes an olypic sport, the national sports associations of the developing countries are likely to get some money from the govt for team preparation etc. So it will be wonderful for cricket development if the ICC can get the 20 20 format into the olympics.

    Why bother with a seperate World Championships?!?!?! The ICC is just doing the world championships so that it can get another tournament on its roster and increase the value of its tv rights package. Which in a sense is fine, because the ICC is going to end up spending that on developing countries anyway.

  6. Cuen Lucas
    March 5, 2006 at 12:56 pm

    The idea of 20/Twenty idea as an Olympic sport has done some rounds on the USCricket forum for a while, and whilst it’s a great idea, the IOC needs to be sold on including this in the Summer Games. The only way they could do this is if they saw a global 20/Twenty tournament for themselves.

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