ICC World Twenty20 May 10, 2010

What's hurting the ICC World Twenty20?

Why compare the ICC World Twenty20 tournament with the IPL at all?
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Why compare the ICC World Twenty20 tournament with the IPL at all? Anyone who knows and understands his cricket would give his right arm for the bigger, mature and more accomplished contest of the two. Of course, grumbles about the Twenty20 World Cup being a bit humdrum are growing. No doubt, the ICC version comes across as the plain-Jane of the Twenty20 format, especially after a dekko at the swankier IPL. The reasons though, could not be cricketing but purely commercial and logistical.

Timing The World Twenty20 is happening on the heels of the IPL, which is certainly quite an overdose of this format. However much you like the sport and the format, there's bound to be some viewer fatigue. Devout followers will still watch, but even they would choose their games. People who started following the sport only because of the IPL are most likely to give it a miss.

And it's not just the timing of the tournament but also the timings of the matches which are detrimental to its following. To cater to the Indian audience, matches start at 9.30 am local time. But is it fair to expect the locals and tourists to flock the stadium? For example St Lucia, where India played their league matches, is a small tourist destination. How can you expect the tourists to wake up and be at the ground at 8am for the morning match? With hardly any live audience the atmosphere in the stadium goes for a toss. Unfortunately even starting that early isn't solving all the problems. The second game starts at 11 pm IST and which means the match goes on till 2.30am. Regardless of how good the match is, most of the Indian audience will turn off their TV sets after midnight during weekdays.

Following Since the IPL is an Indian tournament with Indian players involved in every game, a decent turnout in every stadium is guaranteed. But that's not the case in the West Indies. Yes, they might come in droves to watch their home team in action, but one cannot blame them for not turning up to watch an India-Afghanistan game.

For me, another thing that is not exactly working for the World Twenty20's is that all the matches are day games. The idea of donning coloured clothing and playing with the white ball was to add to the visual appeal. And that appeal can truly manifest itself if the matches are played under artificial lights. While you can have an odd day-game in coloured clothing, having all the games during day time is a dampener.

What we should be talking about is the cricket, not the paraphernalia. Obviously, we've been somewhat blinded by the glitz. But if comparisons are inevitable, then the World Twenty20 sweeps it away hands down - firstly, there's no bigger honour than representing your country and no bigger charm than rooting for your country. Secondly, the quality of cricket played in the World Twenty20 is definitely a lot better than that of the IPL, for obvious reasons. The clash is always amongst the equals and you're always bowling to or batting against a quality bowler which is equal to quality cricket.

I'm sure that the charm won't be wasted on the followers only if the timings and the venue is more appropriate.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • Rupam on May 24, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Hmmm.... d quality of d IPL teams was clear wen none of d indian teams qualified for d semis of CLT20.... Itz only about d 4 foreign players, dey r running each team...

  • Rahul on May 13, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Well well...no one has watched the IPL, yet all of them know that there are advertisements between overs and within overs, dance and drama, bollywood etc..wonder if they have even seen the TRPs of the T20 WC vis-a-vis the IPL in their own country. All they need to do is check the figure and they will be surprised to know that IPL had a better TRP rating than the T20 WC in their own countries and I am not even talking abt India here..As for someone who mentioned IPL has no history whereas EPL has history, seems to lack comprehension and has a distorted view. One both sports are different and when football leagues came up a 100 years ago, even they would have had no history. So i fail to understand when people compare club football which has been around since the days of test cricket with the length of the IPL. As for those who criticise IPL of being a money maker..news for them..all popular sports in the world are money makers...demise of cricket in WI is due to money in the NBA,etc.

  • Bindhu Sindhu on May 12, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I agree 2 many indian commentators and ex players when commentating on a game act as if India is the only participant.

    take last night. The indian-Sri lankan game. I was watching in england on sky tv. As the match got to the stage where sri lanka needed 51 off 30 balls, all the indian commentator could talk about ad nauseum and repetitivelly was "the magic figure of 143 which india need to keep sri lanka restricted to" and this "all important figure of 143" . I was like what the hell????!!!!! WHat What happened to describing the action that is actually unfolding in terms of the sporting contest and permuntations for everyone. The way the indian commentator was talking it was as if Sri Lanka were irrelevent, the sporting contest was irrelevent, sri lanka had no hopes of qualifying themselves!. I think it was harsha patel. Eventually the co commentator who was west indian lost patience & butted in 2 tell the viewer sri lanka werent thinking of 143 they were trying to win a close game

  • Kovac on May 12, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Champagne comedy, this article. Was it written in front of your PC, with your Tendulkas screen saver, sitting there in your MS Dhoni pyjamas? Wake up! Cricket is played outside of India. Much respect to your comedy, but zero to your knowledge of cricket. This World Cup has been a breath of fresh air in comparrison to the insipid and pointless IPL.

  • Sindhu Bindhu on May 12, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I used to follow cricket in the 1980's and early 1990's as a young boy. Somewhere around the early 2000's due probably to the overexposure of cricket and my inability to have a sky subscription.......I stopped following anything other than ashes series's.

    I came back to cricket these last 2 years.20/20 cricket at first seemed to me an abhorration and vulgar distortion. But these last two years i have made an effort to watch the ICC t20 world cups and they have been tremendous events full of excitement and yes crickets nuances as well. On the other hand even though the IPL has aired for free in the UK it to me is a gross vulgar distortion of cricket. There are 2 good international players than 2 good indian players the rest are rubbish. The whole event has an air of indian smugness and contrived propoganda about it. The team names are ridiculous and the clubs have no history like say a man utd or liverpool or the clubs in the champions league or EPL. matches are boring 2 in the ipl

  • Looch on May 12, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Strange article Aakash, this has been a fantastic tournament, miles ahead of anything the IPL served up (I'm talking about the actual cricket been played as opposed to the bright and shiny peripheries)! Sorry Kasi, I read this blog before I was aware that it was for "Indians Only"! I'll have to remember that one the next time Ian Chappell/Tony Cozier/Osman Sammiudin are abused in the comments for some incorrectly perceived slight against some thing Indian. I was curious to see that you don't watch 80% of the world cup matches, for me, the whole point of the World Cup is to see the best team and cricketers in the world, the NZ v Pak super 8 game was tremendous and I enjoyed the whole match, but I don't support either team!! To Krishna, IPL maybe fun and lots of people say they watch it, but it is a substandard competition that is unable to produce quality players.

  • John M on May 12, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Personally, I had no interest in the IPL (just a lot of fake teams made up for marketing purposes) so I'm not watching two tournaments in a row. I don't find 20/20 cricket very appealing, but I do like to cheer for England, so I'm enjoying seeing them do well. As for the future, I don't much care when or where they stage events. 20/20 will never replace test cricket as a true test of skill, strategy and mental toughness. I'll leave the slam bam thank you ma'am stuff to those who can't appreciate real cricket.

  • Sunil Modi on May 12, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Super eights, three in three (we are talking losses here not wins) now India can get back and lick their wounds and protect their property from their own kind. In retrospect it might have been better if Bangladesh or Afghanistan came in to the super eights......No competition from India just like the IPL which I think will now be played by the Bollywood stars themselves.....

  • Taz on May 11, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    The reason it's timed for the Indian Audience is simple, a majority of the sponsors for tournament are indian based, hence the reason why they want it on Indian prime time tv, so they can advertise their brand's back to there domestic audiences and globally at the same time to the rest of the world. Also add to that the Indian players have just come off the back of a 6 week IPL Tournament and the time difference between India and West Indies and it was too much to adjust for them. They are only human. I also get the distinct feeling from some of the Indian players that they are earning so much money in the IPL they aren't bothered what they do for the national team and that some of them don't want to serve under Dhoni any more which is a shame, as he is a very good captain and would have a very good team if they all supported him.

  • ravi on May 11, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    I dont want to comment to Akash's post, but would certainly say one thing. Who ever argued Akash was wrong , never said whether the timings were fine for their respective countries or not. Not sure if everybody just wanted to blame IPL. And its not just for India, there are 3 subcontinentel Teams playing in World Cup. And i feel the timings right now are perfectly fine ,as one of the member said , this is the best solution for the Timings(At 09:30Am and 01 PM).All are premeditated to blame India and IPL. I am extremely dissapointed and probably feel some people did not like the ban on their teams for playing in IPL(I am sure that will not effect them at all, as the bigger thing is to play in World cup.)..And guys one more thing is being less number of matches has Luck as a great factor... Consider Pakisthan's entry into final..... Finally just wanted to say , i am just a passerby on this site, and just hurt after seeing so many absurd comments on India and IPL.Request you not to relate

  • Rupam on May 24, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Hmmm.... d quality of d IPL teams was clear wen none of d indian teams qualified for d semis of CLT20.... Itz only about d 4 foreign players, dey r running each team...

  • Rahul on May 13, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Well well...no one has watched the IPL, yet all of them know that there are advertisements between overs and within overs, dance and drama, bollywood etc..wonder if they have even seen the TRPs of the T20 WC vis-a-vis the IPL in their own country. All they need to do is check the figure and they will be surprised to know that IPL had a better TRP rating than the T20 WC in their own countries and I am not even talking abt India here..As for someone who mentioned IPL has no history whereas EPL has history, seems to lack comprehension and has a distorted view. One both sports are different and when football leagues came up a 100 years ago, even they would have had no history. So i fail to understand when people compare club football which has been around since the days of test cricket with the length of the IPL. As for those who criticise IPL of being a money maker..news for them..all popular sports in the world are money makers...demise of cricket in WI is due to money in the NBA,etc.

  • Bindhu Sindhu on May 12, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    I agree 2 many indian commentators and ex players when commentating on a game act as if India is the only participant.

    take last night. The indian-Sri lankan game. I was watching in england on sky tv. As the match got to the stage where sri lanka needed 51 off 30 balls, all the indian commentator could talk about ad nauseum and repetitivelly was "the magic figure of 143 which india need to keep sri lanka restricted to" and this "all important figure of 143" . I was like what the hell????!!!!! WHat What happened to describing the action that is actually unfolding in terms of the sporting contest and permuntations for everyone. The way the indian commentator was talking it was as if Sri Lanka were irrelevent, the sporting contest was irrelevent, sri lanka had no hopes of qualifying themselves!. I think it was harsha patel. Eventually the co commentator who was west indian lost patience & butted in 2 tell the viewer sri lanka werent thinking of 143 they were trying to win a close game

  • Kovac on May 12, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Champagne comedy, this article. Was it written in front of your PC, with your Tendulkas screen saver, sitting there in your MS Dhoni pyjamas? Wake up! Cricket is played outside of India. Much respect to your comedy, but zero to your knowledge of cricket. This World Cup has been a breath of fresh air in comparrison to the insipid and pointless IPL.

  • Sindhu Bindhu on May 12, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I used to follow cricket in the 1980's and early 1990's as a young boy. Somewhere around the early 2000's due probably to the overexposure of cricket and my inability to have a sky subscription.......I stopped following anything other than ashes series's.

    I came back to cricket these last 2 years.20/20 cricket at first seemed to me an abhorration and vulgar distortion. But these last two years i have made an effort to watch the ICC t20 world cups and they have been tremendous events full of excitement and yes crickets nuances as well. On the other hand even though the IPL has aired for free in the UK it to me is a gross vulgar distortion of cricket. There are 2 good international players than 2 good indian players the rest are rubbish. The whole event has an air of indian smugness and contrived propoganda about it. The team names are ridiculous and the clubs have no history like say a man utd or liverpool or the clubs in the champions league or EPL. matches are boring 2 in the ipl

  • Looch on May 12, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    Strange article Aakash, this has been a fantastic tournament, miles ahead of anything the IPL served up (I'm talking about the actual cricket been played as opposed to the bright and shiny peripheries)! Sorry Kasi, I read this blog before I was aware that it was for "Indians Only"! I'll have to remember that one the next time Ian Chappell/Tony Cozier/Osman Sammiudin are abused in the comments for some incorrectly perceived slight against some thing Indian. I was curious to see that you don't watch 80% of the world cup matches, for me, the whole point of the World Cup is to see the best team and cricketers in the world, the NZ v Pak super 8 game was tremendous and I enjoyed the whole match, but I don't support either team!! To Krishna, IPL maybe fun and lots of people say they watch it, but it is a substandard competition that is unable to produce quality players.

  • John M on May 12, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    Personally, I had no interest in the IPL (just a lot of fake teams made up for marketing purposes) so I'm not watching two tournaments in a row. I don't find 20/20 cricket very appealing, but I do like to cheer for England, so I'm enjoying seeing them do well. As for the future, I don't much care when or where they stage events. 20/20 will never replace test cricket as a true test of skill, strategy and mental toughness. I'll leave the slam bam thank you ma'am stuff to those who can't appreciate real cricket.

  • Sunil Modi on May 12, 2010, 1:25 GMT

    Super eights, three in three (we are talking losses here not wins) now India can get back and lick their wounds and protect their property from their own kind. In retrospect it might have been better if Bangladesh or Afghanistan came in to the super eights......No competition from India just like the IPL which I think will now be played by the Bollywood stars themselves.....

  • Taz on May 11, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    The reason it's timed for the Indian Audience is simple, a majority of the sponsors for tournament are indian based, hence the reason why they want it on Indian prime time tv, so they can advertise their brand's back to there domestic audiences and globally at the same time to the rest of the world. Also add to that the Indian players have just come off the back of a 6 week IPL Tournament and the time difference between India and West Indies and it was too much to adjust for them. They are only human. I also get the distinct feeling from some of the Indian players that they are earning so much money in the IPL they aren't bothered what they do for the national team and that some of them don't want to serve under Dhoni any more which is a shame, as he is a very good captain and would have a very good team if they all supported him.

  • ravi on May 11, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    I dont want to comment to Akash's post, but would certainly say one thing. Who ever argued Akash was wrong , never said whether the timings were fine for their respective countries or not. Not sure if everybody just wanted to blame IPL. And its not just for India, there are 3 subcontinentel Teams playing in World Cup. And i feel the timings right now are perfectly fine ,as one of the member said , this is the best solution for the Timings(At 09:30Am and 01 PM).All are premeditated to blame India and IPL. I am extremely dissapointed and probably feel some people did not like the ban on their teams for playing in IPL(I am sure that will not effect them at all, as the bigger thing is to play in World cup.)..And guys one more thing is being less number of matches has Luck as a great factor... Consider Pakisthan's entry into final..... Finally just wanted to say , i am just a passerby on this site, and just hurt after seeing so many absurd comments on India and IPL.Request you not to relate

  • Arvind on May 11, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    The clash is always among equals in the World T20, eh? Looks like you haven't watched the India v/s Australia game. :P

  • greg on May 11, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Yes the IPL was far more interesting than this boring ICC T20 WC

  • Kashif Iftikhar on May 11, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    ICC is trying to expand the game to more countries (like Afghanistan) which is much better approach as it makes the game more healthy. Going for a "pleasing India only" approach does good to no one. Not even India.

    The problem is that great expectations result in great disappointment. IPL and company are exploiting the cricket craze of Indian public and cashing in on it. Also elevating public expectations from their players beyond sanity. So it is only natural when India lose there is a lot of disappointment which would eventually result in Indian public slowly loosing interest in the game. That's what IPL would achieve for Indian cricket. The new comers into the Indian team are nothing extra-ordinary (less than ordinary seems more correct) so we see the result of IPL matches. Playing against weak opponents makes you weaker.

    The question to ask is "Is India a better team today or was it a better team before IPL"?

    What ICC is doing is fine. We need to make cricket a global sport.

  • Najam on May 11, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    some one needs to tell Aakash that ICC stands for international cricket council and not indian cricket council. ICC tries to promot the game internationally and there is no better way of doing it than arranging world cups in different continents. This world cup is so interesting, entertaining, full of quality cricket & not going on and on and on like IPL. Aakash chopra, there is cricket lovers outside India as well.

  • Oliver Giles on May 11, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    There is too much cricket these days - I dont have time to look forward to the next event. Personally I think it is great that the aussies are winning again - note this is the first 20/20 world cup where this has happened - and it aint over yet! That is great for the kids and the game in Australia so I couldnt care less for those who say it is bad for the game. But the futures program is a total joke and focussed solely on making a buck through tv rights. Audiences at the ground (particularly in the Windies) are totally ignored in one administrative bingle after another. Players are accumulating 'records' that should never be compared to champions of years gone by due to the number of opportunities they get now. And all this on top of the fact that now all cricket administrative agendas revolve around India and its audience. This is a WORLD cup - let the lovely windies people and the tourists enjoy it. India gets its turn next year...

  • Krishna on May 11, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    All the people jealous of Indians having a big party with IPL are joining this chorus of IPL and India bashing. This is not going to change anything...IPL will remain the fun tournament to watch and will have the maximum viewership compared to any tournament conducted by ICC...!!!!!

  • Aditya Mookerjee on May 11, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    I must say, that the West Indian venues, of international cricket, are the best places to watch cricket, after Indian venues. The charm, flair, etc, are absolutely stunning. The setup could be compared to very discerning, hep crowd, who enjoy cricket, and company, immensely. After Eden Gardens, Wankhede, and M.A. Chidambaram, the stadiums in the West Indies are to die for.

  • Alvin gladstone on May 11, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    I completely agree akash. Ipl was 1000 times better than world cup. Anyways who wants to watch terrorists breeding nations like pak and afgnstn play.

  • Jason on May 11, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    What's hurting the World Cup is that India is still in it, albeit not for much longer. Once they are eliminated their "superstars" can go back to the IPL and show their "class" by smashing 12 runs off 8 balls against d grade club bowlers on flat pitches on tiny grounds, leaving the rest of the world to enjoy the World Cup without it being ruined by a bunch of pathetic over-rated hacks.

  • Kasi on May 11, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    If somebody is not sure about what akhash is trying to say, here it is. First of all its a blog about indian cricket. Like Doctors blog @ PakSpin. Thus the name is Beyond the Blues. If people usually follow akash like i and some others do, they know he exclusively write for Indian readers. See his previous blogs to believe it. And the content, yes the timing is bit off for indian followers. I was able to watch only indian matches because of the affordable timings. could not watch any other matches. many indians too do the same thing. In a world cup, you are not watching 80% of the matches, the how it can be so damn interesting.My perception only

  • najam on May 11, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    IPL can't be compared with a world cup. Being a cricket fan, I like to see all the top players showing their skills which is not possible in IPL. watching Nannes, Tait & Johnson destroying batting lines is a joy.

  • Aygzz on May 11, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    So let me get this straight...only Indians are watching the T20 World Cup? What about the rest of the world? Should the English Premier Football League also change it's start times? What about F1 Grand Prix? Why don't we change all sport start times to ensure the Indian nation can watch a a time suitable to them.

    It seems that the ICC are trying hard to publicise this game world wide in order to increase viwership and participation...should they stop that also to ensure that India is happy?

    Get real...

  • krr_chennai on May 11, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    On the average 6-8 players from the playing 11 of each team in the World T20 plays for the IPL. So, please stop this nonsensical trashing of the IPL. The Indian spectators absolutely loved IPL 1,2 AND 3 and look forward to IPL 4. If you say IPL T20 is not cricket, so be it - call it whatever else you please. The plain fact is Indians like it and want it - and being a domestic Indian league, that is the only thing that counts. Period. The franchises have invested heavily so IPL's success is vital for them and so they wuill ensure that. If other countries do not like the IPL or see it as a threat to their own cricket-'business', that is just too bad.

  • Posh Pharoah on May 11, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    any tournament without the cricket superpower India is flop tournament. All the sponsors advertisers are Indian companies. So obviously the tournament shall flop if it has no India. Teams like pakistan and bangladesh just play but don't give anything to the cricketing world. I am seeing people above saying T20 is an internal tournament but unfortunately this international tournament doesnot have any major country except Indian,SA and england and australia.

  • Satya on May 11, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I think most people here who commented did not read Akash's points right. If anything he is saying the timings should be more suited to local conditions, he says even with the current timings of the 2nd game, Indian audiences wont catch the match on TV (which was the reason it was set at such an odd timing). So he is saying that the timings are set to suit the local time (i.e. evening, under lights etc) instead of pandering to the Indian TV audiences, most of whom will anyway give it a miss. He also says this "then the World Twenty20 sweeps it away hands down" compared to IPL. So I dont understand why most people here wrote saying he is whinging because India is almost out of the contention.

  • Avid fAn on May 11, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I v watched both the IPL n the WC t20 tournament and i got to say excitement wise the IPL was way way better... it had crowd, pomp media attention and what not... ICC has clearly got its reigns wrong here in even thinking that they could even half compare itself with the IPL.. and this goes out to that Nasser hussain too who said that the IPL must come under the purview of the ICC...lOL u got to be retarded to make a comment like that.. look at where the financial bandwagon is..this is the way to improve cricket..not by playing old test cricket everyday and working your ass out and then not reaping any rewards..this is the real life.. where you can earn and spend and rewards will come to you...

  • Farrukh Raza on May 11, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Ridiculous. It is in-fact the IPL that starts before the International Mega-Event, and not the ICC T20 World Cup that is 'happening on the heels of the IPL'. And please have a little more memory than 2 years. You will come to conclusion that first season of ICC T20 World Cup was held in 2007, while first season of IPL was held in 2008. Bottom line, it is the ICC T20 that was copied in IPL.

    Plus, its is the India-centric IPL that lasts for over a month, and not the ICC T20 that finishes within 3 weeks. So, as far as the question of 'over-saturation' is concerned (that also mostly for Indian audience), the reason is IPL. I am sure, like me, most people of other nations dont follow IPL, and hence dont get 'over-saturated'.

  • Raj on May 11, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    These are lame excuses why we play for money (IPL) and when there is a time to play for country we say there is timing n other issues? we are responsible for all this. Move IPL after WC. during IPL dhoni never said we may be tired but during limited world cup matches we feel tired...y

  • Aftab Ahmed on May 11, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    ICC world cup and IPL there is no comparison. IPL has more than 70 % indians playing in, and strugling to get into top 4 in ICC... Quality of cricket has no match. Indians have all the rights to not view this cup any more... quality of the cricket is good enough for the rest of the world..

  • Anonymous on May 11, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I even can not understand what indian team is doing.what ravindra jadeja is doing in the team.I even can not understand he is bowler or a batsman,he can't do the both properly.I think 20-20 world cup should be renamed with yhe IPL,only then the indian players can show the winning attitude.They are looking like a looser right from the first ball of the match.No intensity in the field what so ever.not even trying shots.Look at gambhir and murali,they only know how to press the ball into the ground,so irritating display from india.Gambhir is noyhing without sehwag.Send him back to the Sehwag's house.

  • Hamza Naveed on May 11, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I think ICC have made the biggest mistake in its history to host such an event at this time. It has just been 11 months and we have witnessed 4 big cricketing events.. t20 world cup 09, champions trpohy, ipl, and this world cup.. That is ridiculous.. and the big one (World Cup 2011) is yet to come.. When you have so many big events in such a short span of time, the charm & the curiousty,tends to fade away from these sort of event.. Ultimately this would affect the likeness of the game..

  • Sikandar on May 11, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    I think the tournament has been pretty exciting so far and I look forward to every match. I didn't watch the IPL so I can't compare the two, but I'm not tired of the format at all. As long as the competition is there and the pitches are well made, any format of the game will be exciting.

    I can understand the ones who miss Test cricket because I love the drama of Tests.. but who the heck wants to watch an ODI anymore unless it's the World Cup?

  • Red_Boss on May 11, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Stop crying because India will be out soon.

    Solution: Better pitches for IPL. And let Pakistani players play IPL too !!!! :D !!

  • Dwarak on May 11, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    I am indian and ofcourse I am against to the overdose of 20-20 cricket. World Cup was not at all necessary at this point of time. IPL is too much. Also, every cricketing team needs a proper share and not just BCCI. So, I am fine with WI as the venue. But, it has become a poor venue for sure. But, to those who say India is more or less out of the tournament. Wait and watch today's game, We will be back. :-)

  • Dwarak on May 11, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    I am indian and ofcourse I am against to the overdose of 20-20 cricket. World Cup was not at all necessary at this point of time. IPL is too much. Also, every cricketing team needs a proper share and not just BCCI. So, I am fine with WI as the venue. But, it has become a poor venue for sure. But, to those who say India is more or less out of the tournament. Wait and watch today's game, We will be back. :-)

  • LetsDoIt on May 11, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    I can see that many are jealous of success of IPL and notibly the ones who were not involved at all.

    Cricket has to take care about India audiences, bcos that is what ICC makes money from. It is the fact.

  • Max on May 11, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    First of all, people who are criticizing IPL don't even watch it.Secondly, ICC world T20 is very poorly organised like the last world cup.When will ICC learn ? Also some of the comments mentioned here are really rude. Even I don't like IPL but it is one of the best things that happened to the world of cricket. Just wait 5 years.Post sensible comments.

  • X Factor on May 11, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    Stop crying u fool!!...admit the fact, indians r only good at dead pitches and r only capable of doing bollywood dance in the over hyped tournament of the century IPL, in world tournaments they r ZERO. Noone gives a shit to IPL anywhere in the world other than Indians. Abt time you guys withdraw urselves from playing international tournaments.

  • messy on May 11, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    The idea behind the article was to highlight the reasons as to why the on going tour seems a bit off color but all the blogger does is draw comparisons with the IPL and share the sentiments of the Indian viewers. But in favor of his viewpoints the BCCI does have its impact in the cricketing world (to the more commercial part of it) what with it being the richest board and thus being favored, consciously or not. And as far as drawing attention how could someone ignore the importance of a billion population that religiously follow cricket! If the tour was planned keeping this in view, the authorities had done it only and purely for commercial reasons. For the cricket loving purists, this version of the game does not add any substance on improving quality cricket.

  • Xain on May 11, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Are you seriously comparing IPL with such an international tournament? Dude get a life. It isnt just about indian audience. What poor audience can do if India is playing badly. There are other nations involved and the event has a global viewer ship, rather than IPL

  • iB on May 11, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Jingoistic, utterly Jingoistic... To suggest that timings are odd is preposterous. Timings will always be odd for fans around the world, whether it is played in AUS or WI. Infact, em from Pak and Im very happy that it is played in WI. Over the years, W.Indian fans have lost that enthusiasm associated to the game and a holding a WCup there might actually revive that

  • Sriram Krishnamurthy on May 11, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I could see a lot of anti-India/anti-IPL comments here. What the majority of people have forgotten is it is the Indian viewers that add a major sum to ICC coffers. Otherwise why on earth anyone will have a 9.30 AM match in WI. On comparison with IPL, obviously IPL was better packaged. It was quite evident from the fact that majority of the matches had easily 40K-60K people going into the stadium. Also, what majority of the people have forgotten is that the cricket watching Indian population is much higher than the combined total population of the rest of the cricketing nations. In that sense, this article is quite appropriate and insightful. At the end of the day, any ICC tournament would be a failure if it fails to attract the Indian fans. I am sure a lot of people would not like this statement, but thats the fact. Truth is bitter most of the times...

  • Aditya Gupta on May 11, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    What's wrong with most of the people commenting here? The guy is saying that the event is looking off-colored because it is trying to cater to the Indian viewers (w.r.t timing of matches). And he is suggesting that the matches should rather be played under lights to attract locals. And where does he seem to be suggesting that the event should have been held in India? Such fools.

  • venkatesh018 on May 11, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    the quality of cricket at the world cup has been far better than that of the IPL(Ask Murali Vijay ,he will vouch for that).Especially if we have more pitches like the one at Barbados, it will produce an even contest between bat and ball, with the boys being separated from the men.

  • venkatesh018 on May 11, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    the quality of cricket at the world cup has been far better than that of the IPL(Ask Murali Vijay ,he will vouch for that).Especially if we have more pitches like the one at Barbados, it will produce an even contest between bat and ball, with the boys being separated from the men.

  • Yasser on May 11, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    i think you are used to watching IPL matches where every single match is played on dead wicket and you just have to close your eyes and move the bat with 360 degree angle. This is world cup, pitches are good, matches are low scoring and exciting and thrilling, weather did spoil some of the matches but nobody is sure about the weather right. all i would say is useless post.

  • nauman on May 11, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    PakisTaN has qualified for the semis. and for india its time to go home. Go and play ur IPL.Pakistan has proved it again that they deserve a lot more than india and boring IPL. Salam PAKISTAN!

  • Arun on May 11, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    I am Indian and I am sick of IPL myself. At first, it seemed to be a very interesting idea. But the quality of the matches, pitches, fielding, patronising of Modi, poor commentary, etc. made me sick of it. And it is too long a tournament and I totally agree with viewer fatigue for IPL. However WC is short and crisp. Australians and English have been great so far. It is a bit disappointing other than these two teams, the performance of other teams have been mediocre to the best. Also disappointing is the fact that Indians haven't performed well after all the IPL hype. I expect better from a team that is so highly paid and revered. BCCI has the financial resources and why don't they invest to improve the Indian batsmen's technique against short balls and the fielding and bowling. Maybe Indians should stop playing cricket for 6 months and improve their game first before competing at international level.

  • Cricket Lover on May 11, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    I also think this world cup is not so exciting as a world cup should be. India performing or not is not the case.... but there is no charm of a world cup... May be west indies is not the place to host these ICC events as we saw in previous 50 Over world cup.

  • Andy on May 11, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    So India are losing.. are you done whinging yet? Who care - India is not the be all and end all.. It comes to show that how actual cricket pitches and not slabs of concrete can make the game exciting.. And once again it shows how far behind the sub-continent countries in terms of adapting to the conditions.. What's wrong? Can't just clear the front leg and swing like you can in the IPL? To me it sounds like a real cop out - and any excuse for India playing badly will do. Maybe you just have to face up to the facts India - You aren't the best team in the world - no matter how many people you have or how much you want to bully other cricketing councils.

  • adnan on May 11, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    I liked This ICC T20 world cup for the following reasons:

    1. The tournament is not very long (super 8 stage only 6 days)

    2. Interest is maintained till the very last minute. Today, the last day of super 8 and the Group is still open as happened yesterday that it was not clear who will qualify till the very end of last group match.

    3. It is this interest and uncertainty that i am forced to watch all matches of super 8 of both the groups.

    4. Match timings are great (at least with respect to sub-continent). First match starts at (6:30 pm PK time, 6:00pm Indian time)

    So this particular world cup is living up to expectations, no matter who wins the cup.

  • Fraz on May 11, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Surprisingly when India is losing then such Blogs are floating around like a virus on the internet worldwide . Did I see the IPL ? Heck no . Did I ever supported any IPL team ? Heck no . Did I see the Afghanistan vs India match ? Yes I did . I mean this is just retarded to cry out loud against any ICC trophy when ironically Pakistan is playing in it . Well no matter what the format of this trophy is ITS FOR EVERY ONE . IPL is just a disaster when it's hiring policy introduced this bias of not hiring the Pakistani national players who are the most explosive players of this T20 format . This is just retarded and it's just plain and simple stupidness to view the players by a political eye . This is just another junk masala Bollywood episode where some dances and drama is there on and off and around the tons of advertisements and the poor story just stays in the middle of this junk and never comes out . It's just a retarded media junk which is coming out . I and actually WE LOVE T20WC.

  • pakistani-american on May 11, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    What's hurting the author of this post is that India is choking yet again, so he is coming up with alternative reasons to bash the tournament. It also stings that despite exiling Pakistanis from IPL, here he is learning that Pakistanis can still outplay the Indians in the format.

    Perhaps Mr. Chopra will next write an article saying that the T20 should be held in India every year and renamed "IPL" and the Pakistani players excluded. Will that make him happier?

    I very much support holding events in West Indies. It is crucial for cricket to see a cricket renaissance in that region. Can you imagine a glorious West Indian outfit? It'll shake up the order of cricket yet again.

    I would not be against having the T20 every two years however.

  • Shyam on May 11, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Its disheartening to watch this T20 world cup not just because of India's poor performance but also due to the largely one sided games which is unlikely of a T20 match.Apart from the two New zealand matches most have been worthless of watching as there is hardly any competition.One could see it in Australia's thrashing of India, Srilanka and South Africa's poor top order performance.It is a bad idea to keep yearly T20 World Cups and that is the reason why this failing miserably not to mention the timings.

  • Mani Makhan on May 11, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    i think the matches should be Night/Day matches starting at 5:30 A.M. carribean time rather than day/night , so the Indians can easily watch the matches..... :D

    and for those who are saying that quality of cricket is not good in world t20 i want to say that quality is not scoring 200 runs on dead pitches but quality is to restrict former chhampions and self proclaimed best of the format to 50 for 7.

  • hilarious on May 11, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    This tournament has shown up 3 things: a) That the IPL is substandard

    b) That Asian teams and players are substandard and highly overrated

    c) That playing for your country, vs some high paid league team, means a lot more to most players.

    This tournament has heart and quality something the IPL lacks completely.

  • khalid aziz on May 11, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    yeah yeah. an indian follower . look what ipl has give you nothing . who watches match fixing ipl. every game is match fixed or it looks that way. you don't give pakistani players chance but look waht they r doin. they have played all 3 world t20 semis now. u should not be biased and think beyond bindians

  • Sean Marquez on May 11, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    First of all, many of the negative comments about t20 in the West Indies coming from individuals in this blog reflect the fact that they have only been watching it on TV or reading about it in the newspapers. I live in Barbados and I attended all the super 8 matches over the 4 days and can certainly state that they were all very entertaining with absolutely fantastic Caribbean atmosphere!! It is true that the earlier start times would have been a slight damper, but only slight and everyone here recognizes the fact that the match scheduling was to fit for a TV audience, and not only an Indian one at that. I also went to all of the ODI games for the World Cup 2007, held in Barbados and in St. Lucia, and the problem with that was not the location, but the Draconian, rediculous ICC rules and ticket prices that prevented the locals from attending and providing that vibrant Caribbean flavor that is world reknown. Cricket fans in the Caribbean are as passionate as India and anywhere else.

  • Jasim Mohammed on May 11, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    The biggest blunder that ICC has done is to organise world cup yearly.... all d charm of it is gone..... just 4 financial reasons.. so whats wrong if they cater to indian audience its financial hub.... i think d only reason why T20 is so popular is because india won its inaugral edition... otherwise who knows.... India going out will be a big financial loss....

  • Anonymous on May 11, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    The tournament is hurting because india are performing poorly?! Hello!! Aakash is normally spot on with his comments but this is more typical of the indian media and fans, unaware there are actually teams and fans from countries other than their own. There is no doubt that interest in the IPL by cricket fans outside of india is MASSIVELY overstated as well.

    It's hardly as if india underperforming in a big tournament is much of a surprise anyway.

  • Buddy on May 11, 2010, 0:40 GMT

    Most of the comments I see are of just jealous "pakistanis" who were not allowed to participate in IPL for their own misdeeds. We all definitely agree the quality of cricket is much less exciting in World T20 as compared to IPL(except the match Pakistan lost to NZ in the last ball). So just enjoy the cricket, whatever we get....have fun....

  • ahmed on May 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Sounds like some sour Indian fan wrote this because the pitches are not spinner friendly, seriously Indians think they are going to win every single World Cup! Never read such a biased blog in my life.

  • ahmed on May 10, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Sounds like some sour Indian fan wrote this because the pitches are not spinner friendly, seriously Indians think they are going to win every single World Cup! Never read such a biased blog in my life.

  • Number_5 on May 10, 2010, 23:16 GMT

    The right to call yourself world champion for one makes the T20 world cup more attractive to most than the IPL. This may not be the case for your average Indian cricket fan, but for cricket fans around the world substance is still more important than "style". And this is no slight on the people of India, its just a fact that India is completly smitten with this fast food form of the game and they have produced a product their market loves..good on you for that.

  • Nathan on May 10, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    Aakash, glitz and glamour of the IPL is generated from all the revenue of the IPL, - advertising. The advertsising where even catches, sixes, boundaries, wickets, basically every single aspect is sold off to make a bit of rupee. Ironically the IPL has made its money by cheapening the product. Apart from the top 20 indian players, the rest of the players in the IPL would struggle to maket the 7th XI of any Aussie, Saffa, English first class team, with their fielding maybe 20th XI. You can pump it up all you like but it's detrimental to indian cricket, the Ranji trophy should be title all indians desire, those players are the ones that will help India win in all 3 forms. Take Tendulkar and Jayawardene as examples, although it took them a while once they understood how to play the game, they have been strong 20/20 players, successful test players are likely to succeed- Warne, Gilchrist, Hayden, all IPL champions. World 20/20, no glitz, no glamour but real cricket.

  • Nathan on May 10, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Aakash, glitz and glamour of the IPL is generated from all the revenue of the IPL, - advertising. The advertsising where even catches, sixes, boundaries, wickets, basically every single aspect is sold off to make a bit of rupee. Ironically the IPL has made its money by cheapening the product. Apart from the top 20 indian players, the rest of the players in the IPL would struggle to maket the 7th XI of any Aussie, Saffa, English first class team, with their fielding maybe 20th XI. You can pump it up all you like but it's detrimental to indian cricket, the Ranji trophy should be title all indians desire, those players are the ones that will help India win in all 3 forms. Take Tendulkar and Jayawardene as examples, although it took them a while once they understood how to play the game, they have been strong 20/20 players, successful test players are likely to succeed- Warne, Gilchrist, Hayden, all IPL champions. World 20/20, no glitz, no glamour but real cricket.

  • THEADreaNaL on May 10, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    You seem to have discounted the fact that dew is a huge factor in the night games in the Caribbean. ICC probably didn't want matches to be decided at the flick of a coin. Secondly, interms of quality, only a joker would even mention IPL alongside this tournament. The thrill of watching the pace attack of Australia (the BEST in the world right now)...lets just say you wouldn't see that in the IPL. If the Indian public feels overdosed on T20 cricket, than maybe they should organize IPL at times more suitable for THEM. Surely the whole world can't be expected to change the schedule of a World Championship just to cater to the liking of the Indian audience. With that said, it indeed is fair to suggest that this tournament has been a bit weaker that its two predecessors, which can partly be blamed on the casual approach by the broadcasters. However, its loads better than the 2007 ODI edition. There have been big and noisy crowds for the bigger matches, and Windies are performing!

  • Harry on May 10, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    crying about not being night matches.

    crying about not being at good times for viewers.

    asserts that the quality is not as good...what a retard this author is...

    complains that WC is too soon...ullua ke patthay...whose fault is IPL?! you have IPL every 6 months...its not INTERNATIONAL CRICKET'S FAULT...its your fault for taking IPL, the domestic competition and playing so often... besides india did this on purpose so they woul have a 'warm up' before T20 in the MEN'S league...but boys will always be boys...

  • Robert W on May 10, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Sorry, this blog just sounds like one big whinge because India are not doing very well so far. I didn't watch the IPL (why should I? Lancashire's not in it, so I don't care about it), so I don't have T20 overdose. A ridiculous, grumpy blog.

  • Waqas on May 10, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    Aakash are u for real. This is World CUP which you are comparing to a sleazy bollywood and underworld sponsered domestic cheap tournament. Very few people outside India except Indians followed IPL. We didnt bother about this Indian Party. I hope the next world cup is played in Zimbabwe so that the game grows, unlike your views that this should be held in India. Please keep your frustrations to yourself if the top performing cricketers of the IPL failed miserably in the world cup. It is 2 in the night and I just watched Eng beat NZ so that Pak qualified. It was not even Pak game but when you support your country you dont switch of the screen when it future in tournament is at stake. Again r u for real and do you know there is world outside of India in which people live.

  • Sami ullah Baig on May 10, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    India wants to dominate cricket in every format. Well let me tell u something, this is no gonna happen. Pakistan will always resist you whether or not the other nations support or not.

  • Ibrahim on May 10, 2010, 21:45 GMT

    I think it's been brilliantly planned. Aakash the world doesn't revolve around India

  • Zat on May 10, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    Nice to see that someone's willing to admit that a 'World' event should be played to cater for the people in the country hosting it, and the players taking part. The WICB prostituted itself for the sake of Indian money in the past and is still suffering for that.

    Of course t20 cricket being - generally - crap doesn't help either.

  • Dr.Waqar on May 10, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    its ridiculous to compare INDIAN-PL vs INTERNATIONAL T20 worldcup... and even IPL never had world champion players in it so people will definately will not take much interest in watching the making of no2 champions(through ipl)no offense

  • jks on May 10, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Akash! You have attracted many hurt pakistanis with your blog. For me it is difficult to compare IPL show with T20 world cup. IPL is super cricket show of Indias economic development, where players from everywhere in the world(except pakistan this time) show how they can play together to entertain people, national boundries take a back seat here. I understand our pakistani brothers feel complexes. But I love T20 world cup where patriotism is ahead of everything. I love the spirit of West Indian people and the way they enjoy cricket.

  • dilrose on May 10, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Wit due respect, I would like to say that IPL has no comparison with WC 2010, as IPL is an indian tournament, where WC is an international tournament. Every team plays for national pride and not coz of money. In my view this is also base of cricket i.e love of sports and not like IPL pure materialism (money, money and simply money), no quality cricket, only retired cricketers get chance to play again unexperienced upcoming young indian players. So kindly dont compare IPL with even any ODI plz. This is insult to cricket dear Sir.

  • Alan on May 10, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Come on you dont have to compare between ICC version and IPL version; IPL is a local Indian thing not followed that much outside India; and the T20 World Cup is the real thing where the best countries fight out for the trophy and people from all these countries are glued to their tv sets around the world!

  • SirEnglad on May 10, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Well well well Mr.Aakash Chopra, I hope you take note of all the articles here (including your own article!) and decide if your reporting is always in favour of India. Sorry mate, I think you should only write for the Indians in Indian news papers. Good luck in your silly IPL.

  • Adam on May 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    This article is pathetic. Does Mr Chopra not realise the one key difference between this tournamnet and the IPL, that it's not exclusively for an Indian audience? Hence the scheduling of the matches not ordered to Indian prime time. Maybe Chopra picks and chooses between watching the Afghans, people outside of India may just pick and choose when to watch classic teams such as the Dehli Daredevils muff their way through a match with abysmal batting, bowling and fielding, since anyone half decent playing is only doing so for the cash. Maybe if the Indian team weren't terrified of bouncers this article would be very different. Chopra should just turn the sound down and shout DLF Maximum every time someone hits a six, things might not be too 'plain-Jane' for him then

  • Ajay Sridharan on May 10, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    Never been a fan of Akash Chopra's articles. I wouldn't be sad if he is taken off Cricinfo's rosters. Can't think of many good insightful articles he has written to date

  • natasha on May 10, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    Oh COME ON man!! You expect anyone to take this article seriously??? Before reading this funny bit of fiction, i was unaware that the world cup was not being followed by the participating nations. And because of what? The IPL?? Ah, the IPL that no one outside India watches. Not even Sri Lanka or Pakistan. I'm pretty sure the T20 WC matches are being watched avidly in Australia, SriLanka, England, South Africa, Pakistan etc. But apparantly these countries dont count. Only India does.

  • Allan on May 10, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    By the way for all those mentally chalenged individuals who are attacking the author for writing from an indo-centric perspective read the sub-title of the Blog! "Life on India's domestic circuit". Now go away and read another blog you morons!

  • Shiva Patel on May 10, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    INDIA is the best, the rest like oz, kiwis, poms, pakistanis,sri lankans, bengalis, africons need only watch us how the game is played. Our players are tired of playing too much cricket i.e. IPL which is why we arent performing otherwise we are the best REMEMBER WE ARE THE BEST!!!!!!

  • Allan on May 10, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    Aakash, the only reasonable and possible solution actually, is to play T20 at a club level and not international level. Thus no timing and television rights issues will pop up! Obviously Test and ODI matches must continue to be played at the normal local time since they are full day. Problem resolved :) A T20 WC is so stupid but the insipid ICC still insist on doing one because the're afraid to loose even a bit of control over Cricket. Well you know what? That control that the ICC so desperately is clinging on to will be a piece of history pretty soon.

  • Allan on May 10, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    The comments fall mostly along partisan lines and that's not surprising (or wrong). Actually Sanjay, I think you missed the most important point comparing IPL and T20 WC: That T20 is not meant to be played at an international level but rather at a club level. This allows for parity in sides and a more interesting tournament from game 1 to the Final. An interesting fact about club sport is that even if your team is out of contention you pick up other clubs to support. And the supporters of clubs that are chronic under-performers often adopt other clubs. It all makes for a more interesting and healthier tournament. Finally if one asks the players, I'm certain that while most would agree it's a greater honor to play for one's country, almost all will also acknowledge that playing in the IPL is a much bigger thrill from a on-field experience because of the crowds/buzz, and a more rewarding experience from an off-field experience because of the format of the teams with mixed players.

  • Miller on May 10, 2010, 20:20 GMT

    Please give some credit to Indian audiences as they keep the game of cricket alive, including players. For example, australian players are now demanding higher salary (recent news of >$1M for top 5 players) as they have to be competitive with IPL. Kevin Peterson's 45-day IPL salary is on par with top football players in England (on a peratch basis). Doesn;t this motivate th next generation of player and making sure this game is getting good talents from all over the world ? Something to think about it..

    If you think IPL is about money and marketing, you guys are absolutely not familiar with the success behind NBA, NFL, English Premier league, and so on. I would watch Lakers vs. Celtics rather than USA vs Australia.

  • Miller on May 10, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Please give some credit to Indian audiences as they keep the game of cricket alive, including players. For example, australian players are now demanding higher salary (recent news of >$1M for top 5 players) as they have to be competitive with IPL. Kevin Peterson's 45-day IPL salary is on par with top football players in England (on a peratch basis). Doesn;t this motivate th next generation of player and making sure this game is getting good talents from all over the world ? Something to think about it..

    If you think IPL is about money and marketing, you guys are absolutely not familiar with the success behind NBA, NFL, English Premier league, and so on. I would watch Lakers vs. Celtics rather than USA vs Australia.

  • kalyan on May 10, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    In fact, watching the WC T20 after all the IPL tamasha is a relief to my senses! I no longer have to hear the commentaters shouting their lungs out to the "Karbonn Kammal Catches" and the "DLF Maximums" with fake enthusiasm nor do I have to see Lalit Modi signing autographs in the stands like he were a MJ!! The World Cup T20 is much more sane.. with quality cricket being the top priority... It definitely is a Welcome Change !!!!

  • vish on May 10, 2010, 20:12 GMT

    icc t20 w/c ... ?? !! yaaawn .. pls wake me up will u when over & done with .. cant wait for the next ipl ..

  • db8 on May 10, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    It seems 99% of the people who have posted in response to akash's blog are up in arms about his comments yet his comments seem to have been totally misconstrued!

    As far as i can see he is saying this - the indian matches have been scheduled to suit an indian audience which is UNFAIR for locals and tourists in the west indies. Then he even points out the irony of the fact that this supposedly pro indian audience scheduling doesnt work as beyond midnight many indians would switch their TVs off to sleep!

    Then he talks about how playing for your country is the ultimate honour - and hence is further supporting the t20 world cup. Prior to this he talks about how many people might be fatigued by watching so much 20:20 as the IPL was played merely days prior to t20wc. I know PLENTY of englishmen who watched every match pietersen played. I know plenty of sri lankans who watched jaywardene and sanga and MANY indians watched dhoni & co. Are ppl just looking for an excuse to India bash?

  • Bhavi Patel on May 10, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    The 95% comments posted here says it all. This is totally a ridiculous article. I will take T20 WC over the IPL any day of the week and twice over the weekend! Hope the author has gotton over the Indian-Team-Out-Of-The-Competition blues.

  • Tendai Chieza on May 10, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    What a surprising headline - I was quite enjoying the World Cup and hadn't realized anyone had a problem with it. But if you care about your country more than cricket, and your country aint doing well, ok I aint so surprised no more.

    Perhaps you should support more than one team? I'm following Zimbabwe (I'm a Zim exile), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka... and Afghanistan coz they remind me that there are actually worse places to live than Zimbabwe. (And yes, I'm chuffed that SA is out!)

    I followed the IPL somewhat on YouTube, but it got boring after the first couple of weeks so I just tuned in for the finals. I felt no connection with the teams, I felt sorry for the cheerleaders, the constant yapping of sponsors made the whole thing seem crass. There were some good matches yeah, but what I came away with was wondering what the Australian T20 league would look like.

    PS: I am not unbiased - I have an invested interest in enjoying this World Cup - I'm paying US$60 to watch it.

  • Bhavi Patel on May 10, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    The 95% comments posted here says it all. This is totally a ridiculous article. I will take T20 WC over the IPL any day of the week and twice over the weekend! Hope the author has gotton over the Indian-Team-Out-Of-The-Competition blues.

  • RobertR on May 10, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Could it be a case that the gloss of T20 has worn off? After gorging ourselves on a diet of junk food cricket we're left craving something more substiantial and better for our health.

  • Rizley on May 10, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    To be honest Mr. chopra i have to say that you are a very biased reporter or analyst.I agree and i am sure 90% of theworld cricket audience agrees that India has a large audience and a big market in terms of monetary value but your losing the main focus which is CRICKET.More personally i am very glad that India is all but out of the tournament,i feel they are a disgrace to the cricketing society,especially the taunts they bring along with them,for example just look at the reaction when the Indians take a wicket especially Harbajhan and Zaheer.Do you see any other cricketers react like that i doubt it.Anyways getting back to the subject,my point of view i am certainly enjoying the world cup and thanks to the ICC.Whereas IPL is concerned it is interesting and a good entertainment as far as i am concerned so please do not compare the two events.

  • Rizley on May 10, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    To be honest Mr. chopra i have to say that you are a very biased reporter or analyst.I agree and i am sure 90% of theworld cricket audience agrees that India has a large audience and a big market in terms of monetary value but your losing the main focus which is CRICKET.More personally i am very glad that India is all but out of the tournament,i feel they are a disgrace to the cricketing society,especially the taunts they bring along with them,for example just look at the reaction when the Indians take a wicket especially Harbajhan and Zaheer.Do you see any other cricketers react like that i doubt it.Anyways getting back to the subject,my point of view i am certainly enjoying the world cup and thanks to the ICC.Whereas IPL is concerned it is interesting and a good entertainment as far as i am concerned so please do not compare the two events.

  • paki on May 10, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Semms like all the pakis is the world are on cricinfo trashing IPL for whatever (obvious) reasons. I think everybody knows what are the pakis obvious reasons for hating IPl.

  • Hrishikesh Dalvi on May 10, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    I hope Akash Chopra has read the comments. I hope he does not come up with an article on 'How to play the short ball'. lol...

  • Travis on May 10, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    I do not know why indians think IPL a giant. World T20 is never gonna effected by IPL because it is important only to indians or players. Cricket fans except indians has no interest in it.

    IPL is the biggest drama after WWE, scripts of all matches are already written. So every match is fixed.

    It's just bullshit comparing IPL vs WT20 or to think that it may effect WT20.

  • kaith on May 10, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Yes, the very fact is that world cricket is run by the money mainly from Indian audience. Without that the game of cricket will turn out to be another sports like hockey. At the end of the day it is money and the business that drives the game apart from the sportsmanship etc. etc. etc. If you don't have money then you can not afford buying your coloured nike T-shirts. Simple. IPL is a smash hit because of that.

    So all others, plz accept the fact and accept that without India in the final four, the game and its TV broadcast will be nowhere.

  • Akash on May 10, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    there is no place in the world where fans can have good time like in the west indies, so why not leave india for a while and come down to Guyana, where there is plenty curry and roti, go to the islands of the west indies enjoy the beaches, dance to the music and enjoy some calypso cricket atmosphere. No Aussie of Irish is complaining. Aakash we share the same name but im afraid we dont think alike

  • Akash on May 10, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    there is no place in the world where fans can have good time like in the west indies, so why not leave india for a while and come down to Guyana, where there is plenty curry and roti, go to the islands of the west indies enjoy the beaches, dance to the music and enjoy some calypso cricket atmosphere. No Aussie of Irish is complaining. Aakash we share the same name but im afraid we dont think alike

  • Immortalflame43 on May 10, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    India & pakistan will play final. no doubt.

  • Vim on May 10, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    Well, I am an Aussie and I have stopped watching it. Check up on scorecards though.

    I am just so fed up with watching bad slogging, it's not worth watching the games. Mahela Jaya has been about the only player worth watching.

  • Rakesh on May 10, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Since India is almost out of the world cup, all those Aakash Chopra's frustrations are now starting to make their way out through his pen.

  • Rajiv on May 10, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Whether you like it or not, for any international cricket event to be successful you need Indian money (if you don't believe me ask the ICC or your respective cricket boards). Therefore the timing for Indian matches will have to be scheduled to suit Indian audiences. Hell, the schedule for the Olympics (a much bigger event than the 20/20) is designed to suit American audiences. Why, because they are the primary source of revenue for the IOC. Therefor I suggest stop whining. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  • Rajiv on May 10, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Whether you like it or not, for any international cricket event to be successful you need Indian money (if you don't believe me ask the ICC or your respective cricket boards). Therefore the timing for Indian matches will have to be scheduled to suit Indian audiences. Hell, the schedule for the Olympics (a much bigger event than the 20/20) is designed to suit American audiences. Why, because they are the primary source of revenue for the IOC. Therefor I suggest stop whining. He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  • Anonymous on May 10, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Don't think that the whole world are Indians. This article is rubbish. Im sure every country except India are watching this tournament eagerly. What a shit is IPL comparing with a World T20.

  • Nadir Siddiqi on May 10, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    What a ridiculous blog! I think the match timings are great and the venues are wonderful. Whatever the outcome T20 world cup has been a very successful tournament so far and I am throughly enjoying it. So much bias in this article as if it was written for Indian readers only! Mr Akash - cricket is not an indian monoply nor is India the focal point of world cricket despite the huge commercial success of IPL. Is it just me or this article is almost giving excuses for India's impending exit from the tournament and also suggesting that Indian viewers can't care less as they already had a great time watching the IPL. Talk about sour grapes!

  • Kumar on May 10, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Here we are talking about India because more than 50% of total worlds cricket watching audience is from India.

    Thats it nothing more to say.

  • anup mangal on May 10, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    early exits of india n pakistan is hurtin dis world cup ............ n fed up with d aussies dominence its more dan a decade of derdominance ........

  • Aakash Chopra on May 10, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I know i am being biased actually i don't know what i was writing im terribly sorry for this article. You know these are the after effects of being a part of a ridiculous side like KKR. and i think i know a lot about cricket (thought i never played well) :)

  • Ashish on May 10, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Just returned from the "small tourist destination" of St. Lucia after watching India's preliminary games against Afghanistan and South Africa. I have to say that the atmosphere at both these games was terrific - there were quite a few Indians who were visiting the Carribean from US, UK and Canada for the sole purpose of enjoying the cricket. There were a lot of non-partisan locals who were there to enjoy a day of cricket and were cheering a good ball or a good shot regardless of who was batting or bowling. That quality among the locals is truly admirable - the Indian fans (including myself) were obviously very biased in our appreciation of the game. The 9:30 start didnt make any difference to the locals - the empty seats in the stadium were due to the supporters of other participating teams (Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, etc.) not showing up for the morning game. The locals also created a lively atmosphere with all the music and dancing - great party atmosphere for everyone to enjoy

  • sid on May 10, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    i dont know why the icc events does not take place in aus the last event held there was in 1992 although aus have dominated after that and they best grounds both in size ligts & player facilities

  • k chang on May 10, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    What's killing this tournamant is that the teams batting first are winning 75% of games. Winning the toss is simply too much of an advantage. A simple solution - Team A bats 10 overs, then Team B bats 10 overs. Whoever is ahead after 10, can then choose to bat or field for the next 10. This nullifies the toss advantage, makes D/L based on at least 10 overs, gives an excitement boost to see who will be ahead after 10 overs, and gives advertisers 2 extra commercial breaks. What's not to like?

  • Jose Cyriac on May 10, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I dont think India's losses are hurting this T20 WC. This tournament is way better than IPL in many aspects, especially in the quality of Cricket. And some low scoring games are better than some of the run orgy's we had in IPL. the bottom line is, we should not compare this with IPL. both are in different leagues. I am enjoying this T20 WC more than IPL and the quality of cricket is there to see :)

  • Jose Cyriac on May 10, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    I dont think India's losses are hurting this T20 WC. This tournament is way better than IPL in many aspects, especially in the quality of Cricket. And some low scoring games are better than some of the run orgy's we had in IPL. the bottom line is, we should not compare this with IPL. both are in different leagues. I am enjoying this T20 WC more than IPL and the quality of cricket is there to see :)

  • NIMESH on May 10, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    IPL was/is definitely sub-standard. Lot of pomp and show. Much ado about nothing. ICC T20 is the real test where one can see overly paid and overly rich Indian cricketers are failing completely. It is embarrassing.

  • Michael on May 10, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    T20, bish bash, bit of fun - who really cares, results are even less meaningful than a ODI - disposable cricket, fun to watch, but as satisfying as fast food trash - IPL, WC...kind of irrelevant which one it is

  • Sunny Joseph on May 10, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    I agree that its jaded. This is the first tournament that I've not lost sleep over India's losses. I'm really not that interested.

  • Ruchit on May 10, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Akash Chopra: Please don't make all Indians look like fools and arrogant by writing such biased and stupid articles. Even as an Indian I thing your view is biased and infact bigoted. Stick to your tuk tuk batting.. Wrting isn't everyone's cup of tea!

  • LP on May 10, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    World Cup every Year?? No value to it.

  • RyanM on May 10, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I totally disagree with this article and I'm happy to see that I'm not alone. I think the IPL is a disgusting abomination and I'm ashamed that the great game of cricket has anything to do with it. With the amount of money made and spent on it. The world bank estimates estimates that 456 million Indians (41.6 % of the total Indian population) now live under the global poverty line. This means that a third of the global poor now reside in India. I would like to see something done about that problem let alone some of the money going to new cricketing nations before any player is paid 1 mil.USD to play in India. BCCI has too much power and I would like to see the rest of the cricket world boycott the IPL and have it controlled by the ICC.

  • RyanM on May 10, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I totally disagree with this article and I'm happy to see that I'm not alone. I think the IPL is a disgusting abomination and I'm ashamed that the great game of cricket has anything to do with it. With the amount of money made and spent on it. The world bank estimates estimates that 456 million Indians (41.6 % of the total Indian population) now live under the global poverty line. This means that a third of the global poor now reside in India. I would like to see something done about that problem let alone some of the money going to new cricketing nations before any player is paid 1 mil.USD to play in India. BCCI has too much power and I would like to see the rest of the cricket world boycott the IPL and have it controlled by the ICC.

  • Jagan on May 10, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    IPL should be curbed to once in 2 yrs. Player payments should be dropped by 75%. The gaga girls who prostitute sports should be banned. This is not NFL or baseball, but is being converted into one. American lousy habits are being spread like wildfire across the globe and India, (where else can it be ?) is ready to copy, oblige and become a slave to everything Western including women with some clothes, skimpy clothes or no clothes. Let us get back to the game, shall we ?

  • india on May 10, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    to thepakistaniJunta: your teamiswellout too.. and I think you won only 1 league game againstyourDowntroden brothers haha ur 1971 Piece hahaha

  • raghav on May 10, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    we as indians feel quite bored of d world cup..but what bout other nations??der players wer mostly limited to ipl nd dey dint feel connected to it..ipl is a tournament ment fr indian viewership..u wont find MLB or MLS being followed nywer xcept north america..world cup in itself is a big name enough to attract fans..dat is quality cricket..a true fan doesnt care of timmings or weather..and we should not see world cup as ''icc way of making money''..world cup is to enjoy and celebrate nations participation..

  • CricketPissek on May 10, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    if for no other reason, the ICC WT20 is welcome because sixers are called sixers and catches are called catches! Long live international cricket!

  • Hamzah Z on May 10, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Personally I prefer this tournament to the IPL for the equality it brings to the game. India's failure against good bowling, clearly shows the IPL for what it is...flat pitches, short boundaries & over-marketed. Agreed the ICC tournament should have been scheduled at a different time, but the fact that there is something in the wicket for every player makes it a must watch / follow.

    Cheers

  • Kalyan on May 10, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    I am a big IPL fan and also a big Indian fan. I see a lot of comments mentioning how WorldT20 is so superior to IPL. If you take the cricketing aspect of it, there is no doubt that worldt20 is miles ahead. But just like the author, I am also dissapointed at the venue and ambience. Well you could argue, its hurting because India is doing bad, but I wake up at 6:30 Pacific Time to watch all the games, and even the match when India beat SA was so boring. T20 was started out as a entertainment branch of cricket to reach out to a more global audience and having it in the caribbean in the day time with lesser crowds is not doing the job. Its definitely hurting. Aus and NZ had a couple of T20 games recently. It was awesome, and I would have preferred to watch that any day compared to a IPL game because it was not just cricket but the ambience. Everyone can keep denying it, but world T20 in Carribean so far has been very disappointing. Please host the next one in a better place.

  • Ajinkya on May 10, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    I certainly agree with Mr Akash Chopra. Look at fifa world cup and look at world t20. World t20 doesnt have its respect or value. In three years we have 3 world t20. ODI cricket isnt the future people dont have time to watch it. t20 world cup is the future and we got to make it special and proper if you have overdose of t20 world cup no on e would wanna see it. Even the t20 world cup standard is below par of the IPL. If anyone of you saw the IPL you wouldnt have been so baised. Its true, Weather India was in or out it didnt matter. After seeing the glam sham of IPL its really hard to move towards the boring world t20. You may think i am baised but its true. icc needs to promote the sports of t20 rather dieing for test cricket. Believe T20 is the future if you want to match against soccer. ODI and Test is only for people who can have 5 days to sit and watch the whole match. who has time these days? be realistic. Icc should increase the amount of t20 played and replace odi with t20

  • S Abbasi on May 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    IPL cannot be a great event as Pakistan did not participate. For any event to be genuine Pakistan has to be there. Even though we were watching IPL in Pakistan but our players were not playing. So how is IPL a great event? Just because we watch IPL in Pakistan does not make IPL great event. World Cup is greatest event.

  • S Abbasi on May 10, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    IPL cannot be a great event as Pakistan did not participate. For any event to be genuine Pakistan has to be there. Even though we were watching IPL in Pakistan but our players were not playing. So how is IPL a great event? Just because we watch IPL in Pakistan does not make IPL great event. World Cup is greatest event.

  • Nik on May 10, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    What I like about ICC events: 1) Real Cricket game Felling...nothing Artificial 2) Real Cricket Noise...not techno horn(most annoying Loud constant noise) 3) Real Players...not playing for Money 4) Real National Pride...Not fake Indian pride while your MVP is a foreigner in most games. 5) Real Winner...Not selected by franchise team with owner who is also Organizer as well. 6) Real Crowd...Not just 'Show Me On TV' and After Game Night Party Crowd. 7) Real Price...Not intentionally inflated, black ticket price that Ordinary Cricket lover can NEVER afford. 8)Real World Team...Not only those cities that can AFFORD to have a team regardless its team quality or distance to next team base.

    Only wish...ICC will have BETTER marketing and Youtube channel for WORLD to watch!!!!!

  • Indian on May 10, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    Akash, I agree with you said in the article. Also for Hussian's,Khan's,Mudassar's,Imran's,Zaheer's IPL is for Indian audience. But the whole world wants to be there and be part of it. But there a few to names out 9 International sides where nobody wants to even tour! No mention who they are. Also in the game cricket its not the matter of somebody winning or loosing.

    Sangakkara, Warne, Gilchrist were the captains despite being a foreigners, thats the beauty of IPL.

    Also forget not who is No.1 in Test cricket, which is the ultimate form the game and the inaugural champions of T20 world cup. So stop crying and be secular you can change the world and India does.

  • Kishor on May 10, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    One and only solution is to STOP IPL and any such ludicrously expensive domestic tournaments for the survival of the quality international cricket.

  • Ram on May 10, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Aakash Chopra is correct about IPL and about ICCT20 WC. Yes, WC is boring and IPL is exciting. Not because of India's or Pakistan's possible pre-semi exit but, because of Australia's dominance. They are the best and we all know it. Seeing them repeat the performance is like watching the same movie remade every 2-3 years. Unless Indians and Pakistanis pick it up, this is just going to be boooooooooooooring.

  • faisal on May 10, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    IPL is cool, there is no doubt about it. I am a fan of australia, I am making sure that I am not talking on behalf of India. To me there should not be any comparison as an ICC event is an ICC event. Indian audience must not forget that all this big stuff about IPL owe a big time to 2007 world cup, if they hadn't win there,things could have been different.To me, a day without cricket is boring, so whether it is IPL, big bash or world cup, I don't care,I will stay sleepless to watch every ball.(my personal favourite is ashes of course, also border-gavasker since the contest is better)

  • knight on May 10, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    I can't comment on IPL because I simply hasn't watched it. But this world cup has been great. We are in super eight and stil any of the top team can go through to the semis. Isn't it great?

  • Ahmed Mohsin on May 10, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    who give a fuck to this T20 world cup ...not even ICC i think ... IPL dominate this kind of shity tournament even YOUTUBE is broadcasting live IPL .... to all you loosers --have you ever seen any sport of any country been live on YOUTUBE ... Indian are enough capable of buying all cricket around the world for their entertaining their Audience back in India .... in short this cricket world is bought by Indian and will be property of indian forever ... we will keep buying them for few hundreds dollars they are like puppets for us .... IPL is a billion dollars game so better shut your shity mouth and watch T20 world cup . if its really biggger than IPL than why dnt they broadcast in Australia , even whole IPL was broadcast in HD one in Australia . T20 worldcup will never be popular as IPL --

  • CriNaut on May 10, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    The quality of cricket in the second round of World T20 is constantly superior to IPL but since the bowling is superior, you are not seeing a lot of high scoring matches due to the quality of bowling in display and also because the pitch in Barbados offers a good bounce (so some of the less skillful batsmen's weaknesses are being exposed) as opposed to the pitches in India which are overwhelmingly batsman friendly. This can be a turnoff for some casual fans.

    Chopra does make a good point about the crowd factor but this will be a problem in all countries. If NZ is playing Ireland in India, I don't think we would see a full stadium...

  • Jay on May 10, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    who cares about any of these tournaments. The most important tournament is next year. THE REAL WORLD CUP!!!

  • Jay on May 10, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    who cares about any of these tournaments. The most important tournament is next year. THE REAL WORLD CUP!!!

  • Sanjeev on May 10, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Yes, one should get rid of T20 all together. Or T20 should be for retired players who just want to have some fun. Players in current international-XIs should not be allowed to play in IPL-like tournaments. IPL has lead to Sehwag missing last two T20 world cups! IPL is going to make the businessmen rich and the cricket standards poor. After India's performance in last two T20 WCs it is clear that IPL is not improving the players. Otherwise you would expect indians to be most experienced in T20 by now, but they are playing like they are new to the format. Here is my solutions: make T20 only for IPL like tamasha tournaments.

  • basker on May 10, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    i definitley tell IPL is a cur indian cricket, it has a very ong format and only focussed on earning money, players are now playing the game without motive and spirit, once csk stormed into semis dhoni said that the franchise are paying lot of money so it is his responsibility to bring the teamatleast to semis, then what in case of repersenting india in t20, dont bcci paying him moey and we people watching the game are idiots..

  • maulesh on May 10, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Hi every body instead of comparing IPL with World T20 i would say World T20 even though played by 9 nations it cant compare with the money generated and crowd generated by every one not just player if that is not important than why the people from all other country play IPL they dont have to take part in it and they should have to opt out for that but any fan from Australia or Pak or any other country why not ur player avoid that but they are very happy to play that means they also give more importance to IPL than world T20 come on man wake up from your jealousy problem you people never change in mind the same like british had for india think globally and remove all your prejudice against Indian otherwise no foreign players are welcome in IPL ok

  • Iyer on May 10, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Friends commenting abt IPL and you don't care for it. Remember that ur none to care. Ur players care more. Is n't why they wanna give a chance if they have good offers? Don say Clarke or Punter giving a miss. They are n't worth in this format and will go much lesser that a Warner or Symonds. And for Pakistanis commenting on this Issue - its tale of Sour grapes. And you might not want our viewership but ICC does. Thats why its bizzare local timing for Indian matches. And We Indians are U.S.A like when it comes to Cricket.

  • Iyer on May 10, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Friends commenting abt IPL and you don't care for it. Remember that ur none to care. Ur players care more. Is n't why they wanna give a chance if they have good offers? Don say Clarke or Punter giving a miss. They are n't worth in this format and will go much lesser that a Warner or Symonds. And for Pakistanis commenting on this Issue - its tale of Sour grapes. And you might not want our viewership but ICC does. Thats why its bizzare local timing for Indian matches. And We Indians are U.S.A like when it comes to Cricket.

  • jatin on May 10, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    I don't know what most people are creeping about. Aakash openly agrees about IPL being an Indian tournament and there being vast difference in terms of quality between IPL and ICC 20/20.

    Point being raised is there being reduced level of enthusiasm for this tournament compared to similar such tournaments. Even comparing it with the one held in South Africa, this one looks like a damp squib. Here, in no way Aakash is denigrating the importance of this tournament. Its not Akash, but most people here who are carrying heavy chips on their shoulders, especially when it comes to Indian writers commenting on such topics.

  • sivanthi on May 10, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    The IPL is a domestic event but the World Cup is way more prestigious. However, the atmosphere in the stadium is something that has to be taken into consideration. The matches should be in the evening and at night...This would probably be bad for Indian viewers who will be at work but who really cares? This is a world event and really should not be altered to the wims and fancies of the BCCI.

  • david on May 10, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    how about we change the names of all international teams to india play all domestic cricket in india every test match in india (they dont turn out for that) tell you what why dont we just change the name of cricket to india

  • thuran on May 10, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Leaving aside the Indian/not Indian audience debate, I think its been pretty disgusting watching the cameramen zoom in on certain cheerleader behinds every 30 seconds. I know your supposed to be having fun but seriously sometimes its just awful viewing.

  • Suresh Lalvani on May 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    These international events rely on sponsorship by Indian Companies. Therefore the ICC wants India to perform well. If the Indian team continues to underform, the Indian audience will switch off and lose interest. The Indian sponsors will then feel they are not getting a return on their investment and may reduce their sponsorship. Then these events may no longer be financially viable.

  • Nishanth Bhushan on May 10, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Aakash has done a fine job of talking both ways. If the tournament is being played in the West Indies, it is obvious the timings won't suit Indian viewers. And if it has to suit Indian viewers, it is equally obvious that the games will have to be day games. It seems that Aakash is implying that the World T20 cannot be a hit if it is played in the West Indies. Hardly anything constructive in the article, not what I've come to expect from him.

  • David on May 10, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    posted the moment after India were slaughted by the WI. This is the most pompous, biased sour-grapes article I've ever read. India in this tournament didn't play worse than in th IPL, they're just up against world class opposition and look shit in comparison. Reality hurts, and longing to hear the commentry from the IPL calling amateur Indians world class is living in a dream world. Prove it against the world.....next time.

  • Justin on May 10, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    I loved IPL for that extra flavour. T20 WC does not have all the frills. Its plain cricket. In these age of world, i would expect it to be more than just cricket. Aakash .. you are right on your money.

  • Anil on May 10, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    How about showing cricket on youtube?

  • pandurang_USA on May 10, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Fact is India is the financial powerhouse of cricket and is a big, powerful and fast growing super-power. Money in case someone forgot is oxygen whether you like it or not. Capitalism rules friends... Thus India will always have a big say in cricket administration. As far as cricket performance is concerned Team India needs to go a long way and get better especially in fast and bouncy conditions... Well don't complain if you feel I am biased because I am - for and towards India...Remember the world will always consist of the rich and powerful and others who rarely matter except to make up the numbers...

  • sudhai on May 10, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    i have watch the ipl and am watching the world t20 and am enyoying it. it only because india is not doing good that is why ppl are finding fault with this world t20. you ppl need to grow up other wise our game will not reach nowhere. ppl must remember that the cariibean countries are small and dont have the big populations to go out and watch cricket at 9.30 in the morning. we all love cricket down here in the west indies. but ppl need time. understand

  • mohamed on May 10, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    dear chopra.......THE ICC WORLD TWENTY20 IS A BIG FLOP........NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT AND WHAT MAKES IT MORE BORE IS THE LACK OF INTEREST IN THE PLAYERS LIKE AFRIDI AND SAMI AND ALL OTHER PAKISTANIS........THEY ARE JUST TOO GOOD FOR NOTHING....NOT PERFORMING NOT TRAINING...WHAT ARE THESE GUYS DOING.....ANYWAYS PAKISTAN TEAM IS ALWAYS KNOWN FOR THAT.....I THINK INZAMAM SHOULD RETURN TO THE TEAM BECAUSE HE CAN RUN WELL BETWEEN WICKETS BETTER THAN ANYONE IN THE CURRENT PAKISTAN TEAM.......WHAT DO FEEL GUYS......SHOULD HE RETURN?..................

  • Athard on May 10, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    I agree with this article. There is far too much cricket going on. Yes, the IPL is an Indian tournament with primarily Indians watching it, but there are other people watching the tournament too. 60+ games in about 40 days is a lot. Plus, the timing of these games is odd. If you have games in the evening, you will have more people coming to watch it. Finally, I think that the world cup should just have the top 8 teams. No one wants to see SA vs Afghanistan. The long term solution is to reduce the number of games in the IPL and increase the gap between the IPL and the World Cup.

  • aps on May 10, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    I do think that Aakash did not pen this down nicely but I agree with what he wants to say! Plainly his message has been two-folds...it does not help to eye for the Indian audience in scheduling the matches...that too after the IPL and hence the matches should have been scheduled in the evenings in order to have the local turnout and to have the chance to make cricket popular once again in the West Indies. Aakash simply laments the fact that scheduling the matches in the day does not bode well for the Asian audience so all is for a lost cause.

  • Agnel Pereira on May 10, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    I think most readers have taken Aakash's views wrongly. He is neither defending Indian viewers nor the Indian PL, he is in fact questioning the timings of matches held by ICC in order to suit Indian audiences (9.30 am start to suit the 7 - 10 pm prime time on Indian TV) and the organising of this event soon after the IPL which, even though the world didnt watch it, was watched by the single largest TV viewership that matters commercially for over 6 weeks. ICC and every cricket board of the world knows that if India does not watch cricket, that will be a commercial loss. It has nothing to do with Indian team's success or otherwise, as Indian cricket fans will still watch the semifinals and finals if they were at a reasonable time of the day or night and will not watch India play if that match were to start at 1 am. Its a lesson to ICC - it has to stop this overdose of T20 by way of annual world cups, which is absolutely funny and disastrous for the survival of the game.

  • Averoes on May 10, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Other then the Indians, who watches IPL anyway?

  • English on May 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    Typical Indian reporting, your team is getting a good beating so the tournament is not interesting... Go put your head in a paper bag and jump in the bloody Ganges river you idiot.....

  • Big Wonder on May 10, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Excellent article. Right to the point. I see there are lot of whiny Paki and Auze fans who are upset that not all their players were able to participate in IPL. IPL is way bigger then T20 Worldcup - just ask one of the players what they get paid for playing in IPL Vs. T20WC. So stop kidding to yourself and accept the fact. I agree about the timings, but cricket is now a business and is catered towards the largest audience. I am sure if all the comment posters had invested in the T20WC "business" they would want their monies worth. Just my "2 cents".

    Good Article. Keep them coming.

  • Ali on May 10, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Haven't you ever heard of tv rights deals? India is the hub of cricket, the scheduling of matches for ICC T20 is dictated by the Indian market If there were to be night matches in West Indies, it would be the middle of the night in India. Take it up with the BCCI.

  • David on May 10, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Most people posting here seem to have totally misunderstood the article. Chopra isn't taking an Indian-centric view. As a matter of fact, he's criticising the ICC for taking an Indian-centric view.

    He says that the daytime games are crazy - the only reason for them is Indian TV viewing, which makes them a poor spectacle because there's no atmosphere at the grounds. And the later daytime games don't even achieve a good Indian TV audience, so they are good for precisely no one!

    In other words, what Chopra is basically saying in this article is that the ICC should forget about the Indian TV viewing perspective, and just run the competition as an evening/night competition with good crowds and great atmosphere.

    They're points well made.

  • adricey on May 10, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    The point that sticks out to me is the one regarding the games being in the day. I too think that was a major misstep. At this risk of getting a little vain, T20 is a much more glamourous game under lights. A the tournament has gone on I've gotten use to the daylight pretty quickly, but I still wish they had not planned it that way.

  • Chris on May 10, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Try living in Australia without pay tv. All we get is hi-lites on the news. 2 mins a day... come on free to air tv.. pay for the big tournaments

  • Ashok Kumar on May 10, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Just chennai city population is 3 times bigger than whole west indies population. Similarly Mumbai city population is bigger than whole Australia population. There are about 40 Indian cities whose population is greater than whole country of New Zealand or Zimbabwe.

    This being the case how can we expect TV rating for cricket matches when India is not playing.

    Without India the game is played for purists. Who just like plain cricket. Let Indians have IPL. Let the rest of small country pack have World cup.

  • justin on May 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    The article is purely from an Indian point of view. I'm a West Indian and didn't care a hoot about the IPL. Didn't watch a bit of it except for the final few overs of the final. I am loving the battles in the WC though. It's nation against nation. National pride. The flamboyance Pakistan up against the grit of SA; a revitalized England against a dark horse NZ; Sri Lankan class versus the Mighty Australians and of course...an inflated India up against my frustratingly wonderful WI! There are many cricket fans who are non-Indians who think the same way. I'm not sure if we number a billion like you guys, but we love our cricket too...and country v country beats out razzmatazz club v club any day!

  • gobu on May 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    this WC is really boring, i like IPL.

  • fawad on May 10, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    just no gunein reason behind this big topic i think t20 world cup is going nicely and doing great entertainment and i never seen this huge crowd in carribean for long tim so wats going bad ??? its going nice and welll i guess it will be a huge succes :D

  • Soumya Kanti Bera on May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    The idea of donning coloured clothing and playing with the white ball was to add to the visual appeal. And that appeal can truly manifest itself if the matches are played under artificial lights. While you can have an odd day-game in coloured clothing, having all the games during day time is a dampener. How can you expect the tourists to wake up and be at the ground at 8am for the morning match? " The second game starts at 11 pm IST and which means the match goes on till 2.30am. Regardless of how good the match is, most of the Indian audience will turn off their TV sets after midnight during weekdays." Two contrasting opinions in the same article. Can you pleaze explain. Aakashji.If you want TV audience you should have day matches.

  • Andy Micklewright on May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    So whats the solution? Play all 20/20 events in India and deny the rest of the world any tournaments? No, just get rid of this shambolic version of the game and get back to proper versions of the game, even 50/50 is better than this tripe. Because of the greed in the game, cricket boards seem to think that all the everone wants is 20/20, not realising that some still like the test match ebbing an flowing. I do understand that being from England, where we tend to fill our grounds quite we for any opposition, so it is easy for me to say that but you have to ask the question "how did India, West Indies etc let the crowds go?) I dont know the answer to that, but I am sure that someone somewhere does, and that is what needs to be addressed in world cricket, getting tests back to the top of the pile around the world. Heaven help us when more Flintoffs, Symonds etc say "no more tests for me as I can earn 10 times the money for 105 of the work". Then, and only then, the game will die.

  • troy on May 10, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    From a non indian pov this has been much better.

    IPL is a bit of a laugh, the young Indian players are mosty awful and the fielding is just embarrassing.

    The ipl is more about Indian nationalism than high quality cricket.

  • Husnain on May 10, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    Confusing! U want it to be starting early or held all the match as day-nighters. We can wake up early to watch the match in dat case!

  • zubair on May 10, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    A case of sour grapes perhaps now that India are more or less out of the tournament? Would you be expressing the same views had India's bunch of overpaid and overrated batsmen actually performed?! I doubt it. Let's not try to detract from some superb performances by the Australians with comments such as "viewer fatigue".

  • Umair on May 10, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    this is totally a silly argument that timing of that event was not fine... all countries players played IPL but why they didn't fell why only India???? it shows that INDIA is not quite deserving team for this format!.. all players are professional so that is simply not the reason that after IPL there was a very short time for rest it is a senseless argument which Indians are making. Even i would say that from IPL other teams has prepared their players so well like Australia, England and Srilanka.

  • Hammad Fayyaz on May 10, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    I like ur way of writing A.Chopra but here u got very biased. You are looking this event with indian glasses. If the match starting times doesnt suit indian audiances then its not what should be taken into account for organizers, and why should it be? You are right about day/night aspect but you should also think about the dew factor in night games in Carrabian. In WI, I think tournaments are always fine with day light. And T20 followed by IPL, well... again, IPL is recognized by ICC but its not an ICC event and WC T20 is an ICC event. IPL should be adjusted but not the WC. I am sorry but your this article is the worst amongst all you have written (just because you are v. biased here). And I hope you wont think that I am a Pakistani that's y im saying this :).

  • donn on May 10, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    india india y does it allways hv 2 be india? FFS there are 8 other test playing nations. WI are a great cricketing society - y make their public suffer just to make a few singh's and patels happy?

  • Peter on May 10, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Not sure if you've missed the point, or you can't see the wood for the trees. The World t20 is a real competition ... for all the world. Not just India ... hence the rest of the world actually prefers it to the IPL!

  • Don on May 10, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    sorry to say I can't quite agree. The IPL became boring after just 10-12 matches (out of who knows how many dozens) because it just dragged on and on. the matches were just unimportant. only come crunch time it became interesting. the great benefit of the world20 is that its short and to the point. bam bam bam and you're out of 4 teams in the first round. a few days later, second round is nearly over. short and to the point. as far as interest goes - this one wins by a good long way.

  • Rajiv Thaker on May 10, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Agreed with the comments above. Would also like to add that this WC has begun on the back of a long and arduous IPL. Here in England we were lucky enough to get coverage of the IPL and by the time it finished, we had had enough of T20. To have the WC straight after the IPL is an overdose of T20 I think. Actually, come to think of it, to have the WC at all this year after having one last year is ridiculous.

  • NJ on May 10, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Choosing WI as the host for T20 World cup is turning out to be a big mistake for ICC. After watching IPL, it looks like we are watching some Level B cricket on TV. Low turnout in stadiums and odd timings for sub-continent countries (which has huge following) dampens the whole atmosphere that is associated with any World Cup tournament. Hope ICC choose the next venue in a more planned manner.

  • Daniyal on May 10, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    The only reason you are not enjoying is India is doing badly. If they were doing well this would have been the greatest tournamnent ever.

  • Shehryar on May 10, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Excellent points, Aakash. All future cricket tournaments should be played in India and all international teams should have atleast 11 Indian players, so that Indian fans can tune in "in droves" and not be disappointed!

  • Sameer on May 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Completely agree with you on match timings and playing under artificial lights. It seems like cricket is played around to please its biggest market India and India only.

  • Mudassar @ CricketVibe on May 10, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Sir , would you please replace the word 'People' with 'Indians' other wise article is pretty good.

    I don't think 'People' outside India give much importance to IPL except following a player or watching 25% of its matches or some individual innings.

  • irfan muhammed on May 10, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    dear mr akash chopra, i understand your frustration regarding timing and venues but i dont understand one thing that why indian writers and indian fans thinks that they own the cricket game for some odd reason?? there are other 9 nations who not complaining about timing or venues beside indians? its not all about indian fans that ICC have to think.its great to see westindies crowd getting involved and cheering for everything unlike nonesense indian crowd who are loosers and dont appreciate good cricket from opposite side.... IPL is just money making game and it will not improve anyone's game and u can see ur high profile TEM INDIA getting bounced out of tournament very soon... am not big fan pakistan cricket but atleast they got reason for performing poorely due to politics,indicsipline,selection problems etc but whats TEAM INDIA excuse??? they thought they were world beaters???????????? yeh may be on them flat low bounce IPL tracks where bowl doesnt bounce more than knee height...

  • Omar Khan on May 10, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    What should also be considered is the fact that IPL takes place in India, and Indians are far more cricket crazy than the people in West Indies, and this is not an opinion. Its a fact! Cricket does not enjoy the same level of madness that it once did in the country. Sports like Basketball have taken over. Even the 2007 World Cup was a disaster in West Indies. Therefore, I agree its the Venue that is at fault. Other than that T20 Cricket is the greatest form of cricketing entertainment that currently exists - and revenues across the board should be sufficient to counter the Cirtics. As far as the IPL is concerned, in terms of Quality - its incomparable with T20 World Cup. In fact its a joke. IPL is a DOMESTIC cricketing event, and it sure is nithing more than a DOMESTIC success. In Australia, England, Pakistan, etc ... The ipl viewership was limited to the semi-finals and the final matches.

  • David Harris on May 10, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    This blog is patently ridiculous. The World T20 isn't about just catering to Indian audiences. You seem to assume that the tournament should have been scheduled to suit the INdian watcher and that therefore (given the time difference) the West Indies should never have been chosen to host. Surely the point is that it allows other areas of the world to be exposed to the game. India has already had a surfeit of T20 with the IPL - why would anyone there be watching it anyway? Why not consider the implications for other countries and leave the Indo-centric view behind for what is a WORLD tournament.

  • Anneeq Anwar on May 10, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Lol day games? I dont think many cricket fans out there are bothered about that. To me and many other fans its the fact that this is being played just before the football world cup. Even though its a totally separate sport many cricket fans are also football fans. theres also the fact that 2 World T20's have been held in consecutive years, u need a gap of 4 years between tournaments to build a healthy anticipation for it. U appreciate the pleasures u get the least. I also think the ICC need to stop trying all 3 formats simultaneously and lose one of them. Either ODI or test cricket, T20's here to stay its much more exciting.

    Cricket tournaments or tours arent being organised professionally either. They all seem to rushed and last minute. The ICC Champions trophy in Pk is one example, fair enough teams dont want to play in Pk, but they waited literally until the week b4 the start of the tournament to decide to reschedule it. Thats poor, especially from a world governing body!

  • Sami ullah Baig on May 10, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    I am sick of this IPL. Give it a rest man. Who cares about IPL and its overdose. This is international cricket and patriotism comes in. It has been a wonderful tournament and i didn't miss a single match.

  • sean of adelaide on May 10, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    well, for me I think the World T20 is far more interesting. Lots of the best world players playing for their country, no humdrum journeyman indians you don't care about and, lets face it, India are losing. et in arcadia ego

  • smedley on May 10, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    yes i agree too much of anything is oversaturation but you'll find a lot of people will not be watching current tournament as its not on free to air tele, while the ipl was-take note icc. last 50 over world cup staged in the carribean was a joke. silly rules imposed on the locals by the ICC last time justify them staying away in droves. looks like australia and england for the finals with the aussies winning at about 3am by 750 runs after making 165. duckworth lewis you're a legend

  • Ahmad Goheer on May 10, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    Mr. Chopra, you are living in your own little world. IPL might have been big for you or for India but the world does cetrainly think ICC event is a larger one ...

    Not everyone was following the IPL game for game and then cricket has always been a Nation vs Nation ... so to even compare a World Cup with a domestic annual party is just ridicoulous in my opinion.

    MS Dhoni, perhaps worded it right, when he said comparing IPL is wrong, as IPL is a domestic even played on dead wickets where maybe each team has one good bowler and now when India had to face the music of bouncers and the same players they played in IPL with much more intensity (as they are olaying for their country this time and not a part-time mone making venture) we all know where they stand ...

    If it weren't for the ICC's world stage events, cricket won't even be a popular sport in India. It was infact the first edition of this very tournament that India hesitantly entered into that popularized the version in Ind.

  • global on May 10, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    IPL is not a global event where as Twenty20 WorldCup is. IPL is only to cater the Indian audience and has no global reach. So this comparison is totally unjustified. Anyways IPL should be shutdown after all the corruption involved.

  • winners on May 10, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    I am an australian and i am thoroughly enjoying the Twenty20 World Cup more than the IPL. Only cause India is out or the tournament, Aakash has written this Blog. It's disappointing that he forgets that we there are majority of players who do no feature in IPL and we as fan want to see them playing.

  • sahil rana on May 10, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    I know INDIA is loosing & i think it will not reach the semis so the frustration is coming out on ICC for organising the tournament.Instead u should advise BCCI not to organize IPL before such big tournaments before critisizing ICC.......

  • Sankar on May 10, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    ICC world 20/20 is better than IPL and will always be better than it by a million times.IPL s totally not worth watching

  • Poita on May 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    are you just whinging because India are almost gone from another 20/20 world cup ?

  • Ahmed Jawad on May 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    ICCT20 hurts because india is failing miserably. Had india been a success or even reached semis in any of these two ICC trophies, it would have been the best thing in the world

  • Mohit on May 10, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Aakash you have just pointed out the problems but no solution. One side you want indian audience to watch the match, otherside you want the home crowd to be there. I dont think the schedulers could have done anybetter than 9:30 and 1:30 match. You also know there is no other solution thats why you wrote two contrasting lines in your blog 'To cater to the Indian audience, matches start at 9.30 am local time. But is it fair to expect the locals and tourists to flock the stadium? ... How can you expect the tourists to wake up and be at the ground at 8am ....... Unfortunately even starting that early (???? its a 7 p.m. match, so this match makes sense) isn’t solving all the problems. The second game starts at 11 pm IST and which means the match goes on till 2.30am. Regardless of how good the match is, most of the Indian audience will turn off their ...'

  • Boris on May 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Very true Aakash. The points you make are certainly valid. What is disappointing is the fact that the WI v India game began at a time suitable to Indian audiences. I found that absolutely ludicrous considering the fact that the match is being PLAYED in the West Indies and hence its timing should be such that the public can come and watch. Forget T20, not many would be willing to come and watch any game of cricket at 8:30 in the morning nowadays. We don't see games in India being screened at times suitable to foreign audiences, why is it that now that India are playing overseas, the match should be screened at a time suitable to them? India may be a powerhouse, but allowing them to dictate terms in such a fashion will no doubt cause the game to degrade further and lead to a lack of appeal as Aakash observed.

  • Rahul on May 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I follow aakash on cricinfo and twitter. His thoughts are always insightful and refreshing. But this time he has had an off day. 1st of all the article seems ment to be read by indian cricinfo readers only it will hardly interest other readers. Secondly it is going nowhere, nor with world cup vs IPL point of view or pros and cons provided by T20 world cup. Striclty not upto the normal standards.

  • jim on May 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Really? I tend to think the T20 world cup is a lot better that the IPL. Is it the fact that india arent doing well that makes it seem less exciting to others?

  • JimDavis on May 10, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    What's hurting the ICC World Twenty20? It is the same thing that hurts the OID World Cups. Australian dominance and Indian/Pakistani weakness.

  • Zaheer on May 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Its an international event, who cares about Indian audience. World Cup is far better than IPL, and quality of cricket is much superior.

  • Imran on May 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Why compare T20 World Cup to IPL?? T20 World Cup is not just for the indian audience, all you seem to do is highlight Indian viewership in your article. Their are other nations involved!!! If the IPL was so good im sure India wouldnt be in the position it is in!! Semi-finals......DREAM ON!!

  • ankita on May 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I dont think the quality of cricket has been good in this particular world cup. I am someone who watches even the worst matches like zim-bang but even i have found myself ignoring the world cup. Even the Indian team's lose did not hurt since there is always a chance of winning this cup in another 9 months. World Cup has been annoying.. totally unworthy of being called a "World" cup.Almost as bad as the 2007 ODI World Cup.. the only saving grace... it will get over this week.... Its worse than India-SriLanka playing again...

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  • ankita on May 10, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I dont think the quality of cricket has been good in this particular world cup. I am someone who watches even the worst matches like zim-bang but even i have found myself ignoring the world cup. Even the Indian team's lose did not hurt since there is always a chance of winning this cup in another 9 months. World Cup has been annoying.. totally unworthy of being called a "World" cup.Almost as bad as the 2007 ODI World Cup.. the only saving grace... it will get over this week.... Its worse than India-SriLanka playing again...

  • Imran on May 10, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Why compare T20 World Cup to IPL?? T20 World Cup is not just for the indian audience, all you seem to do is highlight Indian viewership in your article. Their are other nations involved!!! If the IPL was so good im sure India wouldnt be in the position it is in!! Semi-finals......DREAM ON!!

  • Zaheer on May 10, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    Its an international event, who cares about Indian audience. World Cup is far better than IPL, and quality of cricket is much superior.

  • JimDavis on May 10, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    What's hurting the ICC World Twenty20? It is the same thing that hurts the OID World Cups. Australian dominance and Indian/Pakistani weakness.

  • jim on May 10, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Really? I tend to think the T20 world cup is a lot better that the IPL. Is it the fact that india arent doing well that makes it seem less exciting to others?

  • Rahul on May 10, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    I follow aakash on cricinfo and twitter. His thoughts are always insightful and refreshing. But this time he has had an off day. 1st of all the article seems ment to be read by indian cricinfo readers only it will hardly interest other readers. Secondly it is going nowhere, nor with world cup vs IPL point of view or pros and cons provided by T20 world cup. Striclty not upto the normal standards.

  • Boris on May 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Very true Aakash. The points you make are certainly valid. What is disappointing is the fact that the WI v India game began at a time suitable to Indian audiences. I found that absolutely ludicrous considering the fact that the match is being PLAYED in the West Indies and hence its timing should be such that the public can come and watch. Forget T20, not many would be willing to come and watch any game of cricket at 8:30 in the morning nowadays. We don't see games in India being screened at times suitable to foreign audiences, why is it that now that India are playing overseas, the match should be screened at a time suitable to them? India may be a powerhouse, but allowing them to dictate terms in such a fashion will no doubt cause the game to degrade further and lead to a lack of appeal as Aakash observed.

  • Mohit on May 10, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Aakash you have just pointed out the problems but no solution. One side you want indian audience to watch the match, otherside you want the home crowd to be there. I dont think the schedulers could have done anybetter than 9:30 and 1:30 match. You also know there is no other solution thats why you wrote two contrasting lines in your blog 'To cater to the Indian audience, matches start at 9.30 am local time. But is it fair to expect the locals and tourists to flock the stadium? ... How can you expect the tourists to wake up and be at the ground at 8am ....... Unfortunately even starting that early (???? its a 7 p.m. match, so this match makes sense) isn’t solving all the problems. The second game starts at 11 pm IST and which means the match goes on till 2.30am. Regardless of how good the match is, most of the Indian audience will turn off their ...'

  • Ahmed Jawad on May 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    ICCT20 hurts because india is failing miserably. Had india been a success or even reached semis in any of these two ICC trophies, it would have been the best thing in the world

  • Poita on May 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    are you just whinging because India are almost gone from another 20/20 world cup ?