Twenty20: Are you on?

(Manu aur Ranjan) Manoranjan ka baap aakhir aa hi gaya. I really liked the ad campaign on Set Max promoting DLF India Premier League.

So whats your take? Are you the ones who unlike me think that IPL is bad for cricket?

Ranatunga calls Twenty20three-minute Maggie noodles” and no cricket.

Like in England they say that twenty20 format is “integrity being undermined” and believes it “will be unrecognizable in a generation”. Actually traditionalist English unlike us in India prefer Test Cricket over One Day matches concerned more about exercise in slogging, lagging the subtleness and overall finesse of the game.

Personally I think test cricket is boring though it certainly offers better chance to make money for those who are into ‘satta’ – illegal betting for English you. The English who are so concerned over the matter are ironically the ones who conceived the idea of the twenty20 format and now after the success of twenty20 worldcup only see it as a threat to test cricket. “I have a nightmarish vision of future”, wrote one prominent commentator recently “in which professional cricket is played solely in twenty20 format” and the “Test game is all but died”.

So what are the perceived problems here:

First, The format doesn’t follow or provide for the slower burning strategic elements of Tests that are appealing. To whom?

Second, The demand is for hitting a big score which is not a fair competition between bat and ball. High scores simply undermines the pure technique, strategy and means while hogging the glory.

Third, The money is driving it which sure will take over the less lucrative Tests. With every successful season you have a lengthier subsequent one; encroaching the time needed for Tests.

I think instead of criticizing the Twenty20 format and trying to write it off as a menace to ‘real cricket’, it would be better for traditionalists to learn from its innovations.

For me, its manu aur ranjan ka baap and I am excited that its come.

My own team is ready to fight it out. If you don’t have your team then get one here and just have fun.

Quick Note:

The DLF Indian Premier League today announced a revision of three matches in the inaugural season of the DLF Indian Premier League in view of the Karnataka State Assembly elections.

The Royal Challengers’ Bangalore match against Mumbai Indians which was earlier scheduled for May 10 in Bangalore at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium will now be played at the same venue on May 28. The home and away matches between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Hyderabad Deccan Chargers have been simply swapped. The Royal Challengers Bangalore will now clash with the Hyderabad Deccan Chargers at home on May 3 and will then travel to Hyderabad to take on the Deccan Chargers on their home turf at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on May 25.

All day matches are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the night matches are from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Only on Saturday, April 19, 2008, the day match between Mohali and Chennai at Mohali is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the night match between Delhi and Jaipur is from 8.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.

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