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IPL is a threat to international cricket: Survey

cricket Updated: Nov 25, 2009 15:46 IST

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Extremely popular Indian Premier League has failed to impress the Australian fans of the game as in a survey, they have termed the mega BCCI event as the biggest threat to the health of international cricket.

Launched by the Indian Cricket Board in 2008, the Twenty20 tournament has seen players earning mind-boggling
contracts from the organisers via auction.

Senior and young cricketers from almost all the major cricket playing nations have expressed a strong desire to earn
an IPL contract.

However, 54 percent of around 4000 respondents in the survey, conducted by 'Herald Sun' newspaper, said the
slam-bang format is not good for the health of international cricket while 43 percent were of the opposite view and four
percent were not sure.

If the survey is to be believed as any inkling about the future of Test cricket, the purist and lovers of the
traditional format of the game have reasons to cheer.

The 78 percent of the participant fans still believe that Test cricket is number one format and only 19 percent said
that it has lost its status as top format of the game.

Also, 73 percent people believe that Twenty20 format can not take over as number one form of the game and only 20
percent said it could.