Monday, June 22, 2009

T20 Champions

The prominence of T20 is growing to staggering proportions. One has to go back just as far as the last T20 World Cup to trace the it's path of exponential growth and popularity. Each of the world cups have been a landmark in the history of cricket, the first one set off a completely new generation and possibly a new genre of cricket. It's shocking to see how things have changed so quickly, one almost doesn't care for ODIs anymore. It's probably a reflection of the times we live in, where everything around us grows, decays and is consumed at an alarming rate. It's ironical that it had to be Sri Lanka, whose loss yesterday will hopefully set off a new lease of hope to cricket in Pakistan.

Following the happenings in Pakistan through the western media, the feeling that it might be a crumbling society is a scary thought, where bomb blasts and deaths have become sort of like performances, much like concerts and plays in some of the developed countries. While this might not change much politically (it would be foolhardy to believe so), it would seem that for a cricket crazy nation starved of anything good happening to them, it's a nice impetus to get their act together. Success can be infectious, one would only hope that is the case for Pakistan cricket.

It was also heartening to see the Pakistan board finally show some spine, and give some of it's players who 'defected' to ICL the respect they deserved. Finally on cricket, as much as some of us might hate the prospect of T20 taking over our world, it increasinly looks like the death of ODIs is not too far away.


3 comments:

ravptor said...

As long as test matches don't die...

Partha said...

well, lets hope so!

sharad ragas said...

I think what t20 gave the young (IT based) Indian crowds is the western equivalent of a soccer-night-in-the-pub. 2 to 3 hours of beer guzzling night out with friends. 50 overs matches were a bit too long for such an "event" previously.