Abandon International T20

May 10, 2012

Chris MurtaghFor people that thought the IPL was going to be a smash and grab job and disappear quicker than AVB at Chelsea, you are mistaken.

Test cricket is the pinnacle for cricket players and fans (those who know their cricket) but the IPL and Twenty20 cricket in general has deserved credit for bringing pure entertainment to the sport.

What I think needs to happen to maintain excitement in this form of the game is for Twenty20 International cricket to be abandoned. It is now a diluted product, littered with players who shouldn’t be representing their country. Most IPL sides would have an international Twenty20 XI for breakfast for one reason or another.

With the volume of cricket being played, top international players are having to make decisions about what they should and shouldn’t play. Top athletes are frequently retiring from international Twenty20, and yet they are making themself available for the IPL. If I was a Sachin Tendulkar or a Michael Clarke I would be doing exactly the same thing. The rewards are too great and cricket careers are too short.

International sport should be a battle between the best sportsman/women from their respected countries with the support of the nation. This is not the case at present in T20, and it will continue to slide this way.

When big Twenty20 competitions are on (IPL), International cricket should take a break. Something didn’t feel right about Kevin Pietersen coming home early from the IPL after putting Delhi into such a strong position. I do think the IPL needs to be shorter to allow Test cricket to be played in West Indies in May.

County Cricket

Despite the wettest April since W.G.Grace, we have seen a fascinating start to the County Championship season. Some close finishes and some really interesting scorecards have made for some great games. Conditions are everything in cricket and the variance in this is why the sport is so challenging. If pitches didn’t assist bowlers in April in England then something would be wrong. Playing on a green seamer in Colombo would also feel strange. Players must try to adapt their techniques to conditions whether bowling, batting, or fielding and the really classy players generally do.

Should be a great summer ahead, despite the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

Chris Murtagh10/05/12

2 Comments to “Abandon International T20”

  1. vip
    May 10th, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    spot on re t20
    wrong re roy .harry would have been a huge mistake

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  2. Ed
    May 11th, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Great blog from you big fella! Keep them coming!

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