New Delhi. Expressing concern over the future of cricket, former Australia captain Ian Chappell said it would be a good idea for the game’s administrators not to include T10 among the options they already offer. Chappell believes that a long-standing debate on the future of cricket is long overdue and a strong decision should be taken as soon as possible on how many formats are best suited for the game. He said that there have already been many T10 leagues in cricket and as such, soon this format will become more popular. T10 should be considered more entertainment, but it is not a format that professional players should adopt. This also threatens T20.
Ian Chappell wrote on Cricinfo, ‘The debate on this topic should have happened a long time ago. But it is not too late, but now the list of formats has increased, which has also happened due to the strength of the women’s game and the impact of climate change. He said that the style of play has changed drastically in the last few decades and there is no ‘blueprint’ on the future of cricket. The situation is similar to when the administration is slowly growing as much as the rebellion in the 1970s during the World Series Cricket (WSC), which was due to pay and conditions. But then the 50-over game was flourishing. Now in the headlines is T20, in which players rarely mention about Test cricket.
Worried about Stokes’ retirement
Ian Chappell also talked about Ben Stokes’ sudden decision to retire from the ODI format. He said that it is not that it was not expected, but still it is a matter of concern. He said that if a 50 over match is played well, it is a good cricket match which also provides entertainment. These are usually the feelings of older players, who knew only two formats.
How many formats should be decided
Chappell said that the current players often play IPL in particular and T20 matches in general so when it comes to satisfaction, this (T20) tops their list. He said that therefore the future of the game needs to be seriously considered. There has to be a firm decision on how many formats are best for cricket. Once that is decided, then it just needs to be confirmed how to proceed in these formats to ensure the growth of the game.
Chappell said that before taking a decision, there is also a need to look at the history of cricket. The limited overs format came about because of the perceived boredom of Test cricket. He said that then after the stoppage of 50 overs, T20 continued to grow rapidly. This raises the question, what if sports fans get bored with the 20-over format?
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 31, 2022, 19:47 IST