The first edition of the Champions League has begun and to be honest, I have absolutely no idea who is playing, what has been happening, who has lost, who has won, etc. etc.
To me, the Champions League is just another advert for the promotion of the dessert in the heavy cricket meal. T20 is gaining momentum and the pendulum is swinging its way.
Soon, a classic stroke would refer to a Dillscoop or the Misbah or whatever the heck its called. I'll be on my wheelchair screaming, "What the bloody hell was that??" and the kids around me would give me lectures on what are and what are not good shots.
Soon, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Shane Warne, etc would become like dinosaurs. Only seen as still pictures with colour alongside stats which would bewilder only a few. After all, what does test and ODI cricket mean to them.
There was a time when the pyjama format was called a "circus" by some. The same people are now defending it from the even bigger "carnival."
More people are losing interest in the game when it was believed that the T20 format would attract viewers. While it did start out very well, we all know too much dessert can seriously burn our stomachs.
The rise of T20 is slowly bringing the fall of cricket. Younger players now want to stop playing the straight drive and start playing the scoop-thing(what IS it called??) and risk breaking their faces.
The last few test matches played have been thoroughly entertaining, yet most ask, "Where are the sixes? Where is the scoopy? What is with that forward defence?"...well, you get the idea.
OK then watch ODIs. That should satisfy you. But no. Its too long they say. I guess Kerry Packer could'nt shorten it enough.
If this is how it goes, can we expect a T10 World cup in 2030? At this rate I think soon just the toss will satisfy people's appetites.
Well, my stomach isn't hurting and it still wants more of the appetizer and starter. When T20 came in, I was excited but it never gave me the feel of cricket (except of course T20 07 final. That put my adrenaline at boiling point.).
CL T20 is just another way of putting money into the sponsors' pockets and repelling people from the original game.
I have an idea of getting the game back on track and I feel it could be put into use. But I'll share that with you later. Let me enjoy the upcoming Indo-Australia series and savour the food like never before because every meal, might just be a last one.
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