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Forget IPL and T20 matches. Focus on real cricket instead
Hindustan Times
April 01, 2012
First Published: 01:25 IST(1/4/2012)
Last Updated: 01:27 IST(1/4/2012)

The IPL series has ruined good cricket. Even cricketers are enamoured by the money and glamorous after-cricket parties. The game of cricket needs focus and concentration, not only during matches, but even during the practice sessions. The IPL matches are a big money racket involving actors, models and cocktail parties. On the other hand, the fast pace of T20 cricket has distracted the players. It has made them complacent in their approach towards the game. In the interest of Indian cricket, players should be kept out of short-format matches, or they should only be allowed to play a few of them.

— Sudhakar Shenoy

Too much cricket not good for team’s health

The T20 match format in general, and IPL, its commercial incarnation, are responsible for the losses India suffered in the test series abroad. The skills and temperament required in a three-hour game are very different from those needed over a period of five days to play for a Test series. When there is a surfeit of T20 games, balancing between the two formats becomes difficult. IPL games are conceptualised as an entertainment extravaganza, involving auction of players, cheer girls, Bollywood celebrities and corporate team owners. The charm of IPL in its fifth season will depend on the dazzle and glitz seen during the matches. However, the fourth season showed a drop in viewer’s interest. Too much cricket throughout the year is likely to affect season five of the IPL too.

— YG Chouksey

IPL is entertainment, not serious cricket

Former players and the media, both have trained their guns on the Board of Control for Cricket in India, after Dhoni’s team slid to another humiliating defeat in a test series. As the nation debated the future of ageing batting greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the cash-rich BCCI was trashed for its shortsighted policies. The board is doing extremely well when it comes to making money and controlling world cricket. But what is the point of doing all this, when our own team fails to win matches abroad? The emphasis on the lucrative IPL has cost Indian cricket dearly.

— Bhalchandra Waghe

Save Test cricket, scrap the T20 circus 

It is incorrect to say that the earlier four editions of the IPL were popular with everyone, particularly true cricket lovers. They might have been profitable to the players who were ‘bought’ for big money, and the rich sponsors, who were treating the tournament like a horse race. However, India’s recent drubbings in England and Australia will not impact the IPL because it is a cocktail involving players from different countries, particularly the retired ones. The T20 format of rapid-fire cricket has ruined the game. It forces batsmen to start hitting from the word ‘go’, throwing all techniques to the wind. We need to scrap the T20 circus in order to save Test cricket.

— V Subramanyan


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