Be afraid, be very afraid

Ok, I’m back, but just before I settle down for a night in the land of Nod, I should draw your attention to the story on crickinfo headlined IPL eyes global network of leagues, which suggests that not only England, but South Africa, Australia and Pakistan are all working on their own models of the slogfest in India. Worrying words indeed from IS Bindra, who is described as an influential member of the IPL governing council. “This is the grand vision,” he tells cricinfo. “The vision is to move cricket to the next level and get each league in each country to resembe the English Premier League [presumably he means the football one] with an exciting mix of international and national players. And then you have the grand Champions League, like the Uefa model which has taken football to such heights.” God preserve us, it’s a vision all right, but it’s a vision of hell. Wall to wall Twenty20. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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  1. There is no shortened version of football like what we have called T20 cricket. So the presence of a EPL or a UEFA model would do a great deal of good for Football. But cricket is globally marketing a shortened version of the game, which is neither a test of talent or skill.
    God save the future of the game!

  2. There is no shortened version of football like what we have called T20 cricket. So the presence of a EPL or a UEFA model would do a great deal of good for Football. But the cricket world is globally marketing a shortened version of the game, which is neither a test of talent or skill.
    God save the future of the game!

  3. there are always four almost mandatory stages of any endeavor…

    first stage…some one takes the risk and starts a venture…

    second stage…seeing the profit…others too jump on the bandwagon to encash on ready made model…

    third stage…too many players makes venture less profitable…some leaves…some die natural death…

    forth stage…only worthy and true players stay…good for everybody…

  4. There isn’t a shorter version of football (not until five-a-side catches on as an international sport) but there is a well-established shorter version of rugby: sevens. It’s been around for decades and games last only 15 minutes each way. Yet although there is an established world circuit of sevens competitions and a World Cup, it has never superceded 15-a-side because people don’t prefer it. I wonder if that is what will happen with Twenty20?

    Incidentally, both sevens and Twenty20 are forms of their sports that make them attractive to wider audiences, bringing them in to taste the bigger game. They are also the only forms that would work in an Olympics. Perhaps both sevens and Twenty20 should be considered for London 2012.

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