Opinion: My comments on Speed’s statement on T20….
The ICC has insisted Twenty20 will not replace the 50-over format despite a hugely successful ICC World Twenty20. Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, has also confirmed that a limit of seven Twenty20 matches per Test-playing nation each year will still carry on despite its popularity.
I dont know why there has to be a limit placed by the ICC on T20 games specifically. There should be a combined limit that you should not play more than, say 30, ODI+T20 in a given season. It should be up to the board to select whether they want to play a T20 or ODI. subcontinent is more likely to ask the visiting team to play ODI, while England or SA are more likely to ask the visitors to play T20. Every country should decide themselves what is good for them.
The Twenty20 version has, however, appealed to a wider fan-base and has been widely covered in both USA and China, according to Speed.
Where is this wide coverage in the US? I havent seen any higher coverage than anything before. Its the same cricket crazy expats who also watched this world cup. Its not like the mainsteam americans have woken up at 5 AM to watch the final because its a shorter format now.
“It’s the perfect vehicle for cricket to develop in new countries. This gives us another opportunity, a different vehicle to go after those different markets.
Agreed. However, ICC has never actually shown that they are interested in mainstreaming the game in the US, Canada, or even in the country that they are sitting in, UAE. So if you are only targeting the expats, then what T20 and what ODI?
“Cricket is already a niche sport in the USA. There are lots of Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, West Indies playing cricket, so we can build on that. Twenty20 is a great opportunity to do that.”
Cricket is a niche sport in the US? Isnt there a difference between Niche and Expat sports?
According to Speed, the success of Twenty20 and the shorter duration has already had an impact on the scheduling of the 2011 World Cup which, at this stage, is to last between 35 to 40 days.
Already had an impact? What does that mean? How has the T20 world cup had an impact? Did the ICC not know that the previous world cup was too long? They needed reassurance? The better format for the 2011 WC would be the one that they had in this tournament, with the super 8s being 2 groups of 4, as I have mentioned numerous times in my previous posts.
The next Twenty20 tournament is to take place in England in 2009.
I dont know why it is scheduled after 2 years instead of the regular 4.