Cricket Future: T10 should be regarded as overdoing the entertainment quotient, says Ian Chappell
Former Australian captain Ian Chappell expresses concerns about the future of cricket and advises the sport’s administration to refrain from adding T10 to the current plethora of options.
One of the greatest minds to have ever played the game, Chappell, believes that a “all-encompassing debate” on cricket’s future long overdue and that the earliest possible time should used to make a “solid judgement” regarding how many formats are most appropriate for the game.
“Debate on this subject should have held long ago. It’s not too late now but the list of attendees has grown, given the relative strength of the women’s game, and the substantial influence of climate change,” Chappell wrote on ESPNcricinfo.
“Playing styles have changed drastically in a few decades and still there is no blueprint for cricket’s future. Much as it did during the World Series Cricket (WSC) insurrection of the 1970s, the administration lurches ahead, driven mainly by knee-jerk reaction.
“The WSC (World Series Cricket) insurrection was over pay and conditions but it was the 50-over game that eventually prospered. Now T20 is the headline format, with Test cricket receiving occasional favourable mentions from players,” he added.
Ben Stokes’ quick decision to leave the ODI format another topic Chappell addressed. He said it not unexpected, but it still concerning.
“Played well, the 50-over game makes for a good cricket match that is rewarding in its entertainment value. Those are generally the sentiments of older players, who knew only two formats.
“Current players often place the IPL, in particular, and T20 in general, at the top of the list when it comes to satisfaction.
“This is why the future of the game needs thoughtful consideration. A firm decision needed on how many playing formats best for cricket. Once that decided, it then needs to confirmed how the formats should move ahead to ensure the game evolves,” he said.
The Australian great advocated constant player involvement in efforts to promote the game.
“Any positive promotion of the game should done hand in hand with the players, and this includes women cricketers. An international players’ association, with Indian representation, should be a mandatory part of cricket’s future.”
Chappell added, “Cricket’s history needs to carefully considered before a firm decision made on the future pathway. The limited-overs game evolved because of a perceived boredom with Test cricket.
“Then T20 grew rapidly on the back of supposed stagnation in 50-overs cricket. This raises the question of what happens if fans become bored with the 20-over game.”
“Cricket is already dabbling with T10 leagues and it’s not hard to imagine the game embracing more of that format. T10 should regarded as overdoing the entertainment quotient and not a format the professional players should embrace.”
Due to the limited overs and time, T20 cricket might be unfulfilling for a cricketer, although Chappell acknowledged that modern players must support their families.