Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

One-day cricket’s acid test

Bhogle waxes poetic about the potential for another insipid world cup, but manages to avoid mentioning the elephant in the room– Twenty20.

If indeed the viewership and attendance tend to be too strongly skewed, if games not involving the top four or five leave people disenchanted, it would mean that the ICC’s decision to have no more than 10 teams for the 2015 World Cup is right.

It’s a tournament planned to maximize television revenue. It’s a form of the game that’s simultaneously too long and too short. A leaner, meaner version in 2015 may be fine, but euthanasia is even better.

World Cup: The Slow Crawl

Take a look at India’s schedule at the World Cup.

They play six matches over the first thirty days. It’s going to be a slow crawl. When the IPL starts right after the World Cup, the contrast is going to be jarring.

Ten years ago, who would have thought One Day Internationals would seem like the slow, aging behemoth that they’ve become?