April 9, 2011

Cricket

IPL and County Championship complement each other

Siddhartha Talya

Barney Ronay, writing in the Guardian, says the IPL and the County Championship, two contrasting tournaments of two different formats, will give fans - who can consider both to be mutually beneficial - an opportunity to enjoy them in tandem.

There is of course a natural polarity between these two extreme interpretations of the word "cricket". The IPL is brash, expansionist and draped in a cladding of new imperial glamour. It wants to conquer the world. The ECC is old, quiet and draped in a cladding of house dust and summer‑tog cagoule. It wants a nice cup of tea. They are two entirely separate entities, scarcely the same species of sport. But which one is better?

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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