What’s wrong with cricket?

I’m an avid cricket fan. But of late, the volume of matches has meant that it’s impossible to keep up with the game. Notably, the increase in T20 games and club games (thanks to IPL and CLT20). Tournaments with multiple teams are of course more exciting to watch because there is always a prize at the end of it. Whereas in bilateral series, the question that crops us is, “What’s the point?”

Football is a global game that thrives on the Club level. Because players move around and create interest in either their destination or origin countries. Cricket has managed this to some extent with County cricket previously, but the number of players from overseas countries (read India!) were always too few to elicit sustained interest. Yorkshire became a known name to young cricket lovers only when Tendulkar played for them for a year. Ask most fans (not the hardcore ones, of course) which county Murali Karthik plays for and chances are (despite his recent unsportsmanlike behaviour making the news), not many would know.

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Ah. The Ineptitude.

The best players of spin in the world. Supposedly. Falling like nine pins. More like ten, but what the hell. To a rookie.

And not a spinner in sight to take out the opposition. Of course, the two are connected. Let the mudslinging begin. “Too many ads”… “their heads have become too big…” “Their bats are too small…”

At the time of writing, India hadn’t lost yet, but it was inevitable.

I also believe that Tony Greig’s presence is affecting India’s fortunes.

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