T20’s impact worries ICC
Vociferous critics of the IPL in particular and Twenty20 cricket at large have written and spoken about the negative impact it could have on the game in coming years. The ICC, taking note of the proliferation of the shortest form of the game, and the popularity of the IPL in India are in the middle of meetings to discuss the impact this will have in coming years.
The ICC cricket committee, chaired by Sunil Gavaskar, who has written several newspaper columns praising the IPL in recent times, met in Dubai to debate the impact of T20 cricket. “Following the changing cricket landscape after the explosion of T20 cricket, the committee will discuss international cricket as the pinnacle of the game, the protection and promotion of Test cricket, the impact of T20 on other formats of the game and the impact of domestic leagues on the international game,” an ICC spokesperson said.
While the IPL has brought the eyes of the world on Twenty20 cricket, it is not the only league around. While T20 cricket began in England, South Africa and Pakistan, among other countries have thriving domestic T20 competitions. Allen Stanford has offered to bankroll England's version of the IPL, set to begin in 2010. Apart from Gavaskar, the committee comprises Majid Khan and Mark Taylor, as former players, Kumar Sangakkara and Tim May, FICA chief, as representatives of current players, Micky Arthur, on behalf of coaches, Steve Tikolo for associate nations and Michael Holding as representative of the media.
Gavaskar's dual role as chairman of the committee and columnist has come in for debate, and a decision on how this situation will be resolved in the ICC's executive meeting that will take place on July 4.