March 2, 2010

Twenty20

'Twenty20 will become the dominant format'

George Binoy

Donald McRae, of the Guardian, caught up with Lalit Modi, the IPL Commissioner, in Mumbai. He had a lot to say on a variety of topics - IPL, EPL, security, Test cricket and day-night cricket.

Modi talks animatedly about how Twenty20 cricket, unlike its Test equivalent, can reach new markets in America and China. He also believes the IPL can eventually take on the Premier League. "Don't forget that our model is unique. All our teams are equal. And the sports fan wants unpredictability. Look, my son is a Manchester United fan and I'm a Chelsea fan – and I was very upset to see my team lose [last Saturday]. But, normally, we know exactly what is going to happen. My son and I know that nine times out 10 either Man U or Chelsea is going to win it. The Premier League is basically so predictable. I wanted to base my league on an unpredictable model – so we don't have a Man U or a Chelsea in the IPL."

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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