Flintoff, Gibbs, Bond – who’s next?

23 Dec

A lot of things changed the way cricketers approach cricket in the last two years – thanks to the BCCI and IPL for commercializing cricket a bit too much that pressurized players and associations to dance to its tunes. When the players started playing more and more Twenty 20 games, it meant only the following:

  • A lot more players are retiring from test cricket to focus more on Twenty 20
  • The national duty seems to be of low priority – especially in India
  • People just get injured and take a lot of break while on national duty but they play with injuries in IPL to take more rest afterwards
  • India is a mighty cricketing power that other associations find it hard to protest against IPL

Short lived test careers

It is really sad to see the great cricketers like Flintoff or Shane Bond shortening their test career span to focus on Twenty 20 and limited over games. Unless the authorities do something about it – like increasing the match fee for tests or reducing the number of Twenty 20 games – nobody would want to play test cricket.

Lalit Modi is acting stupid again…

Mr. Modi after loosing the state cricket association elections big time was obviously running out of his thinking power. There has been some tussle post elections and some of the people in BCCI seems to be already against him playing the IPL commissioner role. There has been a couple of public statements from certain authorities.

Mr.Modi is trying to avert these remarks against him by pushing the focus away from India. He is now blaming Victoria for not releasing players for IPL Season 3. Wonder whether he’s running a cricketing company for sponsors or actually trying to help cricket world wide!

I still stand by my previous statements. Ban IPL or at least cut short its duration to save international cricket!

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