Monday, May 16, 2005

We are the MOST POWERFUL nation in the WORLD of Cricket.

Yes, it’s official. We heard rumors, we heard stories and we heard some opposition players/teams/officials grumble about it…but now the truth is out. India is the most powerful nation in world cricket. Sri Lanka has officially announced that they have postponed their search for the coach till India decides. This is what Jayantha Dharmadasa, chairman of the government-led committee running Sri Lanka Cricket had to say

"We have to realise that the Indian board is the richest in the world and coaching the Indian team is a prestigious job," said Dharmadasa. "Since the Indian board kept things on a hold, our candidates wanted some time as well"

What more proof do we need?

With money, comes power & with power comes responsibility! India from now on must act as a powerful nation in world cricket. It must talk the talk & walk the walk. From now on, we must use our influences to spread the game & also make the game more interesting. Rather than viewing it as an untouchable, ‘Twenty Twenty’ should be embraced quickly. If the game were to spread & if they games were to be interesting, 20/20 is the best option available. Cricket matches must be over in 3 ½ - 4 hours if it were to spread its wings to other parts of the world and also if it were to retain its existing base in this ever changing world. A lot more changes in the rules must be made so that the game is more even between the bat & ball.

Some of the changes that could be made so that the contest between bat & ball is more even are:

    • Field restriction for 15 overs in a 50 over game or 4
      overs in a 20/20 game at the discretion of the fielding captain.
    • No limit for number of overs for bowlers – The 10 over limit in a 50 overs game and 4 overs in a 20/20 game should go, but 5 bowlers to be used. Which means in a
      20/20 game, though 1 bowler can bowl 10, another 7; three other bowlers will have to bowl one over each.
    • No balls to be judged on popping crease
    • 2 substitutes to be allowed – who can bat and/or bowl – but still only 11 players can bat & 10 wickets to take.
    • If substitutes cannot be allowed, then there should at least be an option of announcing the playing 11 after the toss.

If all the above rules are enforced, it could make the game really interesting!

Remember the days when rains use to play spoilsport in an ODI game and matches were truncated to 25 overs a side. These matches had pure adrenalin in them, the matches were always action packed & interesting till the very end. After seeing the 25 overs a side game, we always felt the 50 over ODI to be boring (Particularly the period from 16th over to 40th over). 20/20 is the evolution to 50 overs ODI cricket. It has none of this slack.

India must push for these changes. India must be the innovator. It should position itself as the ‘Super power of World Cricket’. To do this, India must adapt quickly to the changes & also lead the changes from the front. Domestic series in India should be held in the 20/20 format. The goose must be bred and we must not wait till the goose dies to find a new goose. If crowds for the last Indo-Pak series are a benchmark, then India must act soon. Eden Gardens cannot be half full. It pains to hear that India’s pride was half full for a test match (even a Mohun Bagan vs East Bengal attracts more crowd in Kolkatta!)

India must also push for the inclusion of countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and Middle Eastern countries in the ODI format. There is a large number of Indian diaspora living in all these countries and it would be easy to target these countries with cricket.
If cricket can be used for talks with an old enemy, it can certainly be used to make friends. India must take the initiative now and start acting like a cricket power house. With India already having a large share of the pie, India must now look to increase the size of the pie. That is the only way that we can continue to grow and use cricket to our advantage.

20/20 should be used for spreading the game while the 50 over ODI/Test cricket is played among the faithful. India should lead this change & it is in India’s best interests that we act as leaders and not followers in this change. Australia has the best players, England has the history but India have the money and we need to leverage this money power for more benefits to India & its economy.


6 Comments:

At Tue May 17, 01:59:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

Well..that shows the power of money India brings in to cricket. It is time ICC opens its ears.

2 news items that would thrill Paki cricket fans before the WI-Pak series.

1)Allrounder Afridi turns it on. 104 off 46 balls and 4/6 in 6.4 overs.
http://content.cricinfo.com/wivpak/content/story/209377.html

2) Lara rested for the 3 match ODI series against Pakistan.
http://www.cricinfo.com/wivpak/content/story/209439.html

Tifoc, Ganesh
Cmon quick !!! What do you think would be the ODI series scoreline? Me thinks 3-0 to Pakistan.

 
At Tue May 17, 04:33:00 PM EDT, Blogger tifoc said...

Maverick,

Thanks for the links. Though 3-0 looks a definite probability, I will go for 2-1 for Pak and I think Pak are not too great playing 'away' & are just behind WI in terms of collapses...but this pak team is definitely a young team & has no such past hangovers

 
At Thu May 19, 12:27:00 AM EDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

first, i think i have to agree with maverick on 3-0 . atleast you cud have expected lara magic in one of the matches, but thats also ruled out now.

and i am not a keen supporter of 20/20 cricket. the current englishmen cant do anything right is my gut feeling ;)
read this when u find time - http://cricket24x7.blogspot.com/2005/02/dont-tweak-one-day-cricket-too-much.html

 
At Thu May 19, 06:30:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Maverick said...

Well..seeing the way the windies lost chasing 193 y'day, I don't see any chance for them to win one of the remaining matches unless lara comes back with his magic.

And, big day for Indian cricket today as the shortlisted coaches will be interviewed today.

Ganesh
Did you read about the proposed changes for ODI cricket that came out of ICC's Sharjah meet?

 
At Thu May 19, 03:29:00 PM EDT, Blogger tifoc said...

Ganesh,

read the article. ..I have left a comment in that article.

Mavs, looks like WI are getting massacred! ;-)

 
At Fri May 20, 01:21:00 AM EDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

yeah have been following al these chaos icc are in, at times it makes me think that we are all made to look like fools talking this and that and finally the icc and bcci come up with stupid reports and results and follow some rubbish finally - like the 15 degree thingy

its becoming like voting in elections - what difference does it make to u and me if manmoham or abv is pm; karunanidhi or jayalalitha is cm

i wudnt be surprised if bcci opt for jimmy as coach - which wud mean that the coach-selectors are also a bunch of jokers

 

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