June 12, 2009

Cricket

Cricket rakes in the moolah

Siddhartha Talya

Cricket is growing increasingly lucrative, and the players don't seem to mind it, despite the adverse impact on Test cricket and the danger of dwindling national loyalties, writes Greg Baum in the Age.

Gayle helped to popularise T20 cricket, then progressively to refine it. The Bash for Cash is the latest and most exciting form yet, known as One-one, or — imaginatively — O1. "One ball each," explained Gayle. "Minimalisation to the max. Takes out all the tedium and dreariness. Game's over in no time. The kids love it." Symonds loved it; all he ever wanted to be growing up was a kid. Brett Lee was not so sure: he bowled a no-ball and went out in the first round.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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