Kings XI Punjab April 13, 2012

It’s not jealousy, KP

Why Mr Pietersen has got it wrong about English attitudes to the IPL
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Kevin Pietersen has suggested that there is a lot of IPL jealousy on the part of English cricket, which is a bit silly. It isn’t jealousy, KP. Large numbers of English cricket folk genuinely aren’t interested in the IPL. Each to their own. I happen to find county cricket the epitome of tedium, a yawnsome Victorian relic that belongs in the scrapyard of history, along with the penny farthing and the gin shop.

Yet just because I don’t like the county snoozefest, does that mean I am jealous? Such a proposition doesn’t even make any sense. I could realistically harbour feelings of jealousy towards a man who owned a really splendid hat or a woman who won $65 million on the lottery or a stock exchange trader who makes a fortune by using other people’s money to play a glorified game of “higher or lower”.

But jealousy towards an entire competition? No, the abstract noun that KP should have used is “snobbery”. Cricket is riddled with it, like a Georgian trestle table infested by woodworm. For some, the only proper game of cricket is one that takes a minimum of three days to complete. Anything shorter than that is fit only for commoners who value such vulgarities as entertainment or excitement.

Snobbery in some fields, I can understand. It takes time and a certain intellectual capacity to learn to appreciate fine art or ballet or a piece of music that lasts for seven hours and doesn’t include guitars. But cricket snobbery, like the commentary style of Danny Morrison, makes no sense at all. It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long.

While the rest of us just enjoy cricket in all its forms, the snob confines himself to just one. It’s a curious form of masochism but it does have a history. There were snobs in 18th-century London, turning their noses up at the raucous cricket played on the Artillery Ground, and 100 years later, other snobs were being rather sniffy about the large crowds who turned up to watch northern league matches.

Although to be completely fair, it isn’t only cricket snobs who don’t like the IPL. The fans of Kings XI Punjab haven’t got much joy out of the competition so far either. If life is a vale of tears, for followers of the silvery-red franchise it has been an ocean of sorrow. And yet today in Mohali, against Pune, amid a plague of moths, they got a win in IPL5; a momentous and possibly not to be repeated occasion.

It was a scrappy sort of affair and it started to go wrong for the turquoise-wearing ones from the moment that the cowboy Jesse Ryder and his compadre Sourav Ganguly got into a tangle. It was Jesse’s fault. Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements, the attempt at a quick single was as ill-advised as two seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure on their way to the fish shop.

Andrew Hughes is a writer currently based in England

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  • Sammy on April 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    The feeling is mutual with the rest of the world regarding Ashes...a huge non-event!!

  • Nick C on April 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Maybe just maybe the English prefer their own T20 league as opposed to foreign one when all the game are played during their work hours? Just a thought.

    I do find it laughable people are saying English players aren't up to playing in the IPL. Those would be the same players that are currently ranked No. 1 in the world, with a domestic team making the semi-finals of the Champions League (despite all elements of organisation stacked again them). What's laughable is the fact only 4 English players have been selected for the IPL and non Pakistan players. Despite being the most recent world cup winners.

  • MUHAMMED TAWFIQ on April 16, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    There is nothing to be jealous with county cricket.So, why people would be jealous of that.England always tries to be the best but they could not be in cricket.

  • zuber on April 15, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    its for sure jealousy at the progress and success of IPL

  • tushar mathur on April 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    not surprised mr hughes.that this blog does not have any comments prob because you have not published any of the comments since they were all disproving your jealousy and snubiness..well enjoy living in ur small pom world..hopefullly youll wake up soon! cheers

  • Sen Saban on April 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Ha. Good one. What is cricket without snobbery. In fact, I have found it the only recourse when debating its merits with those yet to be initialized to this peculiar game, like say, the Americans. Snobbery works like a charm to put to end any whiff of ridicule, especially when exhibited whilst wearing an off white sweater. As for the IPL, does it even matter if anyone else outside India care? With a catchment population of a billion plus, there is enough patronage to sustain it. I suspect any attempts even by the organizers of this funfest to spread the game offshore is only to increase its value to the local customer. Indians tend to feel better about their product when others find it cool too. So, please, if a few of you can humor us and turn around now and then from pastoral county games to glance at sixes that turn into maximums and catches that are always kamaal, we can all get along just fine.

  • Mirza on April 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Well said. Who is jeaolous of that crap? IPL has been a real revelation as far as I am concerned as I never knew that there will be a form of cricket that I just wont care about.

  • Vipul on April 14, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    I have been reading ur articles from quite some time now,the only thing that comes to my mind is u have some serious knowledge on cricket. Y dont u write some serious articles? Bare in mind this was an hillarious article especially the " It was Jesse’s fault. Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements" part.What a cracking end.

  • PT on April 14, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    I am trying to read Andrew's article for second time...I get it...only thing I am confused @...is this article supposed to be funny?...I am not being sarcastic (I dont have ^famous english sarcasm in me)

  • Amar on April 14, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    " It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long"

    good one, but you do realize that you have to live in the UK and your chances of living large in India are slimmer than Trott's, right?

  • Sammy on April 28, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    The feeling is mutual with the rest of the world regarding Ashes...a huge non-event!!

  • Nick C on April 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Maybe just maybe the English prefer their own T20 league as opposed to foreign one when all the game are played during their work hours? Just a thought.

    I do find it laughable people are saying English players aren't up to playing in the IPL. Those would be the same players that are currently ranked No. 1 in the world, with a domestic team making the semi-finals of the Champions League (despite all elements of organisation stacked again them). What's laughable is the fact only 4 English players have been selected for the IPL and non Pakistan players. Despite being the most recent world cup winners.

  • MUHAMMED TAWFIQ on April 16, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    There is nothing to be jealous with county cricket.So, why people would be jealous of that.England always tries to be the best but they could not be in cricket.

  • zuber on April 15, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    its for sure jealousy at the progress and success of IPL

  • tushar mathur on April 14, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    not surprised mr hughes.that this blog does not have any comments prob because you have not published any of the comments since they were all disproving your jealousy and snubiness..well enjoy living in ur small pom world..hopefullly youll wake up soon! cheers

  • Sen Saban on April 14, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Ha. Good one. What is cricket without snobbery. In fact, I have found it the only recourse when debating its merits with those yet to be initialized to this peculiar game, like say, the Americans. Snobbery works like a charm to put to end any whiff of ridicule, especially when exhibited whilst wearing an off white sweater. As for the IPL, does it even matter if anyone else outside India care? With a catchment population of a billion plus, there is enough patronage to sustain it. I suspect any attempts even by the organizers of this funfest to spread the game offshore is only to increase its value to the local customer. Indians tend to feel better about their product when others find it cool too. So, please, if a few of you can humor us and turn around now and then from pastoral county games to glance at sixes that turn into maximums and catches that are always kamaal, we can all get along just fine.

  • Mirza on April 14, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Well said. Who is jeaolous of that crap? IPL has been a real revelation as far as I am concerned as I never knew that there will be a form of cricket that I just wont care about.

  • Vipul on April 14, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    I have been reading ur articles from quite some time now,the only thing that comes to my mind is u have some serious knowledge on cricket. Y dont u write some serious articles? Bare in mind this was an hillarious article especially the " It was Jesse’s fault. Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements" part.What a cracking end.

  • PT on April 14, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    I am trying to read Andrew's article for second time...I get it...only thing I am confused @...is this article supposed to be funny?...I am not being sarcastic (I dont have ^famous english sarcasm in me)

  • Amar on April 14, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    " It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long"

    good one, but you do realize that you have to live in the UK and your chances of living large in India are slimmer than Trott's, right?

  • Abdul R. Siddiqui on April 14, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    While I do see your point, I would like to argue that "snobbery" is also the wrong word. While the connoisseurs are definitely not jealous of the one-day games, I do not think this a matter of arrogance either. If someone states that they prefer "Scent of a Woman" to "The Hunger Games," one is quick to assume that they are snobs. However, much like Brest's masterpiece allows the viewer to stretch their moral and intellectual muscles much more than the admittedly entertaining teen flick, the longer format requires that players test more than just cricketing talent. There, leaving a ball requires patience, attempting a risky win requires selflessness, and digging out runs at marginal strike-rates requires grit. In one-day games, when there is no room to leave, no option for a draw, and no time to block, it all comes down to skill. Perhaps, to many, that is what sports are about. But for those simply wishing to see an athlete's inner characteristics tested as well, "snob" is a bit unfair.

  • junta on April 14, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Jealousy or snoberry, but IPL is a hit and you have to accept it and BTW money rules isn't it? Who don't want a financial security in life? IPL provides that to many and hence it will grow.

  • vernonbro on April 13, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    T20 is impure i stand with england on this one

  • P V Rao on April 13, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    KP is indeed right. Its English jealousy at its best. There is a stupendous hand wringing going on at the Island in the Europe, which once lorded over the people who now have hijacked a traditional British past-time and have made it into 'mela'. Created a platform for cricket talents all over the world to come showcase their talents at the great Indian Stadiums infront of millions of cricket crazy fans. A perfect place of nirvana for any cricketer has been created in a former colony and not in MCC..the reason for jealousy is very clear indeed.

  • Alex H on April 13, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    The reason I prefer the longer forms of the game isn't because of their length, it's because you have to get a team out to win. I don't consider Twenty20 to be a true form of cricket because it would be pretty much the same if there weren't any stumps.

    I would watch short forms of the game if they weren't limited overs. For example, you could get games to finish within a day by using some combination of the following rules:

    One-innings-a-side A spicy pitch Higher stumps More than 3 stumps Innings ending after 5 wickets

  • IG on April 13, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    In that case, the Indian people must jealous of the UAE football league, because it has got coaches like Diego Maradona and players like Paolo Cannavaro, and the MLS because it has players like David Beckham and Thierry Henry as no one in India follows them and the Indian media doesn't talk about it. How narrow-minded and petty of the Indians!! I wish Paolo Cannavaro would tell the media of the jealousy of the Indian people :p

  • JackieL on April 13, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Snobbery is not liking something because it takes a long time to understand or acquires investment and patience, it means liking something for the wrong reasons, because it gives you status or brings you into contact with groups you aspire to. Using the word snobbery suggests that cricket is "riddled" with phony appreciation that has nothing to do with the game itself. For the 8000 Test fans that travelled to Colombo to support the England team against Sri Lanka there was not any element of "snobbery" in their suffering 5 days of intense heat in pretty basic conditions (try the loos). Only a deep love of the game would have kept them riveted. I suggest Andrew gets off his high horse and earns some hard experience where it counts. The devotion of the Barmy Army and the other fans could teach him a thing or two about tough cricket played in tough conditions - try 45 degrees. As for County cricket so-called "snoozefest" - like the wickets tumbling to fast bowling this week?

  • Deep Cower on April 13, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    I guess he used the word "jealousy" because T20 originated in England while the BCCI seems to be reaping its benefits more than the ECB - a fact that presumably rankles the fans*. That coupled with the overall (un)popularity of the Indian Cricket Board administration, mayhaps?

  • Jagat Sahu on April 13, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Sorry mate,but the bitter truth is most of the England players(except Morgan,collingwood and pitersen, if u call him a english) are not suitable for the shortest format.so they remain unsold.this is the reason why IPL is not a crowd puller in England.

  • Publius Ovidius Naso on April 13, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Oh, come on, don`t denigrate snobbery. It serves the useful purpose of keeping things in perspective when the masses devolve into an apelike state. I think cricket`s image generally needs an uplift-players should be required to play in silk togas, and required to communicate with each other in Ancient Greek (even the Roman aristocracy communicated in Greek). Similarly, all commentary should be in Greek, and every game should have a wine and orgy break.

  • Saba S. Sheikh on April 13, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Nice!

  • Sridhar Kolinjavadi on April 13, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Andrew, your article is somewhat accurate, though its not a competition between county cricket and IPL. I think the fact that most of the worlds best cricketers are playing in IPL in very colorful teams both in the mix of talent and nationalities and are engaged in the most thrilling and nail biting cricket ever seen, should be enough reason for it at least to be covered by media in the UK. This hints as jealousy, strage as it may seem, maybe mirroring, those of the potential audience there, who may be moping that their invention is laying golden eggs far far away. Be that as it may, I find it baffling that even the BBC thinks reporting on IPL is too much trouble. And they report on the NBA, NFL, NHL and may be even Jai-Alai!

  • jerry on April 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    KP has got liitle overboard with his tweeting!! To some players IPL is filthy rich game & for others simply no choice...but to fans...it's treat to watch great players battling against each other...to witness who really are champion of champions but all in a short format...Can't mix this with English muffin...It's silly people are still blaming IPL for India's poor test form...poor test form has its own poor problems...IPL contributed to India's successful World cup campaign...what England couldn't achieve with her traditional methods for 50 years..India did it!! twice no..thrice if English would want to...Without this sub continent connection Cricket would have been just a game played between colonial countries for three days...but has got time to watch it for three days..when Epl finishes in 90 mins!!!

  • Motiur on April 13, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Cricket is a gentleman's game , include entertainment in it , it becomes vulgar .

  • Mitchell Persaud on April 13, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Very good article... I was waiting to see how someone would have answered KP.

  • Harsh on April 13, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    What is "Snob" supposed to mean? Does cricket, or any sport, by its very nature, for that matter enjoy a legion of patrons categorized as "Snobs"? And what of the non-Snob people? Are they not taking sides as well? Who than, is to objectively justify which side is better than the other?

    I think this entire T20 vs Test Cricket debate is around preserving cricket as we've known all along, which I suppose hasn't disappointed on entertainment quotient either. As a real measure of marginal increments in popularity, what would be really helpful is some kind of statistics about the number / percentage of new viewers who were motivated only by the new brand of cricket to watch cricket. To be honest, that's not the case. If anything, popularity numners are dwindling. Does that mean snobs are a majority? Well, then by popular wisdom, they must be right, isn't it?

  • Harsh on April 13, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    What is "Snob" supposed to mean? Does cricket, or any sport for that matter enjoy a legion of patrons categorized as "Snobs"? And what of the non-Snob people? Are they not taking sides as well? I think this entire T20 vs Test Cricket debate is around preserving cricket as we've known all along, which I suppose hasn't disappointed on entertainment quotient either. As a real measure of marginal increments in popularity, what would be really helpful is some kind of statistics about the number / percentage of people who were motivated only by the new brand of cricket to watch cricket. To be honest, that's not the case. If anything, popularity numners are dwindling. Does that mean snobs are a majority? Well, then by normal metrics, they must be right, isn't it?

  • Adil on April 13, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    Then, why does England also harbor a twenty 20 competition in England???? The problem is that the present English players aren't t20 renowned. It will take some time but English players will find their spot in the IPL.

  • Maximus Pongracz on April 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    The author seems to imply that majority of cricket lovers in England are Snobs. What I don't understand is that how would the county cricket be judged to profess higher quality than IPL ?

    The problem is with English Cricket board administration. If they send Anderson, Bresnan and Cook to IPL, the snobbery will not be a factor anymore. Rather, love of players, love of multiculturalistic sport becomes the center piece of such a following.

    England has always promoted multiculturalism from their own backyard, why not be a part of it when it is someone else's backyard?

  • Scott McHugh on April 13, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Mate, what are you doing writing about cricket? You contradict yourself at every step, your basic argument leads nowhere and you obviously have no feel for what sets the game apart - the unique bond between all knowledgeable cricket fans - from all other sports. It's an article for an article's sake with no basic point to make. You could well be the cricket writing equivalent of the IPL.

  • dk on April 13, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Lay off Morrison, Hughes. He's a master of the bite-sized chunk of breathless excitement. Just as you're a master of whimsical satire. Adrenalin and glitz are not supposed to make sense, so salute and swallow the hyperbole for what it is. Or is it jealousy, AH?

  • James on April 13, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    I wish journalists and players would stop going on about this. The test vs t20 debate is getting incredibility boring. Personally I prefer tests but wouldn't look down on someone for liking t20, just like i would look down on people for liking chocolate ice cream...i'm a vanilla man myself. Are you going to write a blog on that?!!!

  • cricsavvy on April 13, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    not his best work but still a good read. "Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements,..." - love it.

  • Ashu on April 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Wow! Andrew. So you do watch IPL

  • Deep on April 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    I have to agree with Kevin on this one. It is definately jealousy. From the nation that created the game and the T20 format, only for it to become a major source of income to the BCCI has left a sour taste in the mouth. This has been exacerbated by failed attempts to rev up the their own revenue using the format by hooking up with crooks (Stamford series).

  • Steve Wood on April 13, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Actually, it's neither.

    I just find it really dull

  • Benzil on April 13, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Still HARD to admit for England all the success of IPL when rest of the world has accepted it. KP is right.

  • Manoj Sharma on April 13, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    I have'nt read this witty article....I'm just being a snob :)

  • Geoff Plumridge on April 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    I sincerely fail to see why it is snobbery to prefer a superior product. A little bit like watching the fat content in milk go down gradually, and yet being asked to pay a "premium" price for the original article. 20/20 as far as cricket is concerned in this "vale of tears" really is the great Satan. PS There are plenty of Georgian tables free of woodworm. I wonder how many 21st century made tables will still be being used in 300 years time. Just like I wonder how many individual 20/20 matches will be written about in 50 years time (if cricket still actually exists then)..

  • Vikas on April 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    "It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long." Loved the analogy Andrew! I too think that the Englishmen do not look down upon the League. It's just that they don't care about it. I must say they have their reasons, fairly good ones at that too.

  • Div on April 13, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    "It was a scrappy sort of affair and it started to go wrong for the turquoise-wearing ones from the moment that the cowboy Jesse Ryder and his compadre Sourav Ganguly got into a tangle. It was Jesse’s fault. Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements, the attempt at a quick single was as ill-advised as two seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure on their way to the fish shop."

    LOL funny. nice article. I agree snobbery is the right word

  • dk on April 13, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Lay off Morrison, Hughes. He's a master of the bite-sized chunk of breathless excitement. Just as you're a master of whimsical satire. Adrenalin and glitz are not supposed to make sense, so salute and swallow the hyperbole for what it is. Or is it jealousy, AH?

  • ramesh on April 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    man, came here hoping to find something funny...not propaganda...

  • Greg on April 13, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Andrew, Your article oozes jealousness, admit it

  • Lester Dinnie on April 13, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    It's much simpler than that Andrew...many of us have no idea who half the cricketers are and couldn't give a rat's who wins. Come on the Kitekat Regals, er sorry the Mumbling Allstars, oh what the heck I just don't care.

    I'd rather watch the Aussies against the Windies anytime.

  • KIRAN on April 13, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    lol pure jealousy because english people dont care about cricket anymore no one watches county cricket and ipl multibillion business watch by a billion people.

  • Matt Ryan on April 13, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Typically well constructed piece, but I'm not convinced it's entirely accurate, or correctly addressed.

    KP's 'jealousy', and your 'snobbery', have missed the head of the nail on this one. I don't believe the English game is jealous (although I'm sure there is some financial envy, given that the original concept was English), or snobby, per se. The crux, as I see it, is REVERSE snobbery. The 'new wave' that believe the IPL/T20 is now the ONLY form of cricket worth watching, and that all other forms are destined for the scrap heap.

    Those who infer a test match is now an inferior spectacle are ill-informed and/or ignorant. Anyone who has been watching recent (and current WI v Aus) series' will have enjoyed a feast of tension, drama and 'to the wire' entertainment. Anyone who hasn't, has definitely missed out, and I hope not as a result of the aforementioned 'modern thinking'.

    Cricket whites and colours CAN and SHOULD live together in perfect harmony - I feel a song coming on...

  • R.Kannan on April 13, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Andrew has got his analysis mixed up. KP is paid to play in IPL but most English players will not make the cut. IPL remains the best paying proposition for a cricketeer today. Those left out are crying grapes are sour. England, Australia, West indiea, Bangladesh have all versions of the T20 games but they do not attract even a fraction of money that IPL does. Money, superb organisation, spectator support are all factors which make the Englishmen jealous. Snobbery is a consequence of this jealousy.

  • Jimmy on April 13, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Has it occurred to anyone that the reason I don't watch the IPL, is the same as the reason I choose to watch Aston Villa instead of the vastly superior Barcelona?

    If jealous snobs such as myself didn't support domestic cricket the world over, there would be no IPL.

  • tushar mathur on April 13, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    jealousy or snobbery whatever you may call it, the poms are just upset that they couldnt come up with something like the IPL..and honestly who cares about the commentary - cricket in one week of IPL has had closer and more exciting games with world class players rather than a whole season of county cricket!!

  • Rick on April 13, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    I guess there is "SNOBBERY" in writing as wel. Reading was much wore than thw match and will not be a repeated occasion, PUM PUM

  • SUD on April 13, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Hi What has KP mentioned is right anyway. Bocz many English cric are not even considered for the selection, are not up to IPL T20 standard, can't withstand huge public pressure in India, that's where real strength tested.

    Mine opine is , no fear english man and just come and play in India.... Also come out of your imperialistic attitude. India has come and grown out of this well before.... It's not 1747... It's 2012.....

  • Andy on April 13, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    lol...perceptive and funny!!

  • Rohan Jay on April 13, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Re: the above article, I must congratulate you on the last sentence. Brilliant, it certainly cheered up my otherwise dull Friday evening.

  • Kamal on April 13, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    This article is ridiculous, whilst it is humorous of course it is jealousy. If the english are being snobbish then why did they invent twenty twenty cricket then?? As according to the article 'he only proper game of cricket is one that takes a minimum of three days to complete' hmmm so why invent a shorter format then? KP has got it right as the ECB were fooled when they desperately try to revamp their own league with the use of Stanford's millions... Hahaha

  • Chris Steer on April 13, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    I must admit that flames, cheerleaders and music at sport matches bring out the snob in me, but yes, the cricket itself, risky, frenetic, and big hitting is a nice contrast to the long form of the game. Hopefully these formats can learn to coexist, feeding off eachother, (though I personally prefer the five day game, apart from anything else you can enjoy the cricket FOR FIVE DAYS!!!) "It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long." I loved that one.

  • Fred Boycott on April 13, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    The people of England have as much interest in the IPL as the fans of the Mumbai Indians have in following the ups and downs of the Bradford League. Why would they? The IPL is just passing through anyway, a fad, County Cricket has been around for over 150 years. Can't see IPL being played for that long. You keep your burgers, I'll stick to my steak thank you. To each his own. #digin

  • Sivaramakrishnan.S.K on April 13, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    IPL is Mc.Donald French fries...Tastier but not healthier... Test cricket is spinach less tastier but very healthy. As philosophers know, large crowd get attracted to fatty fries than healthy spinach...Funny world.

    Fan from Chennai India, who want CRICKET with Technique and Character. Not a cricket filled with rubbish game and fantasy...

  • Ali Jaddy on April 13, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    "Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements, the attempt at a quick single was as ill-advised as two seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure on their way to the fish shop."

    The last lines are fantastic! The rest of the article is the usual us versus them (Test cricket vs T20) Personally I am one of those relics. I love test cricket but that does not stop me from watching some of the IPL matches. Maybe I just love this game, whatever its ilk.

  • Farokh Irani on April 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    It’s like a street sweeper looking down on a scullery maid because cleaning the kitchen floor doesn’t take very long.

    Brilliant metaphor!!!

  • John Collins on April 13, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I like 20/20, although I don't watch the IPL anymore as it's getting pretty tedious now. With little longevity in the playing staff, you don't get the intense rivalries and battles that make any sport great. I think the issue a lot of people have (see Wisden for a start) is that India seems hell bent on trampling over everything else in favour of a fast buck or a really, really big six. Oh and I never want to hear Ravi Shastri commentate on anything again. Ever.

  • Roger Clague on April 13, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    I agree about the snobbery. I pity those who do not have an attention span long enough to appreciate the long game. It is the tedium followed by a sudden change of fortune that is interesting. In 20/20 you know what you will be getting, which is what many want from their cricket.

    Also you use rather too many contrived similes to make your point.

  • Md. Masud Karim on April 13, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Superb article...! KP could be more diplomatic doing any comment about the IPL .

  • LondonSnake on April 13, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Andrew, I don't know if you read these comments but your articles have fast become my favourite feature on cricinfo, this and the importance of being Kevon are hilarious. Agree snobbery is a more appropriate word, but agree with KP I would love to see more Englishmen in the IPL and surprised by some of the scathing comments in response to his interview.

    And please, no more Danny Morrison!

  • Adeel on April 13, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Very nicely written. I guess the English aren't jealous but just not interested due to a combination of disinterest in t20, snobbery, difference in time zone, hatred for spin friendly conditions, presence of entertainment and this one's a biggie, matches being finished in hours instead of days and results coming out and so on

  • Edward Green on April 13, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Cricket is now essentially four games utilising the same basic skills, these games fall into two groups - timed and overs cricket.

    Timed cricket has two types the first where time is relatively limited (one, two and three day variants) in which overwhelming bowling or a canny declaration will rule and the longer 4 an 5 day matches where a full four innings are often possible.

    Similarly there is 20-20 and the 40 or 50 over overs limited game with their differing emphases.

    An incapacity to love any of these is a failure of the wit or in the soul of the observer not of the games themselves.

  • Phaedrus on April 13, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Its not only snobs who wouldn't like the IPL, though I don't rule out the existence of cricket snobs and their inherent dislike for all T-20 cricket because of snobbery. But we also have non-snob cricket lovers who don't like the IPL purely because of reasons of standard, class and aesthetics. Its like people used to real Indian curries won't give two hoots for a bastardized Brit version howsoever famous it may be locally.

  • Achal Garg on April 13, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I bet even you would not have enjoyed reading what you just said. Just enjoy the game. Whats the harm if someone likes T20 more than tests, its there world you cannot make someone like something or not.

  • Ra on April 13, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    LOL!! KP sure has touched a raw nerve!! loving the denial reactions!!!

  • ranvir on April 13, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Hilarious!!! LOL. loved the seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure part!!! :D

  • Chakri on April 13, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    All this lengthy dialogue just coz KP used a wrong word?? KP was indirectly but clearly hinting the money factor and brand value of IPL when he said the word 'Jealousy'. By the way Why care about people who dislike IPL?? We still have many people filling up the stadiums atleast in half capacity.

  • Jack Anderton on April 13, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    The author simply relies on blanket misrepresentation and generalisations about people's opinion. The only riposte he makes is some weak slur about county cricket.

    I'm sure this article will please your paymasters and the majority of Indian IPL supporters. I'm sure they enjoy the IPL enough without you having to provide affirmation.

  • Laurence Slater on April 13, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Does this article win the award for the most similes in an article? Good article spoiled by too many similes which are distracting and (for the most part) inappropriate.

  • Vivek on April 13, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Hilarious....

    Agreed Snobbery is the right word!!! Poms detest the game they created?? whoa!!!

    And Sourav's dislike for sudden movement.....hahaha.... i can visualise him blinking, while refusing a quick single!!!

  • hasan on April 13, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Sorry Andy...Have to disagree with you on this one. I believe that KP might not have chosen the most appropriate words to describe lack of attention that IPL draws from England, but i can sense some disillusioned english pride among the english players and fans for a league that belongs to an inferior former colony. Having said that, i think english have all the right in the world to form their own opinion about IPL, however I do find some weight and reason in what KP said. He is an awesome player, great lad and has been a part of cricket fraternity for a long time, so if he says something about cricket, that is gonna be more creditable than what you and I say. Dont you think Andy? :)

    From a ‘not so sure about IPL’ cricket fan from Pak.

  • EC on April 13, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    loved the last paragaraph :)

  • Arshad Khan on April 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    KP, seeing the writing on the wall as far as his future with the England team is concerned, seems to be too obsessed with making quick money at the fag end of his career. He surely is speaking Ravi Shastri's language :-)

  • PS on April 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    If its not jealousy why do the English and their media care so much? There are players from 7 other countries who participate yet its the English who have the weird obsession . deriding the IPL at every chance , the same media and people who celebrated the criminally backed stanford t20. Regardless almost no English players play in the IPL and its shown for free in the UK so since it doesn't affect you why don't you get on with like every other participant nation and their people/media do? If you don't like the IPL change the channel and get on with it. We Indians don't need advice on how to run our cricket regardless of what happens to the state of it. We certainly don't need it from a bunch of Brits.

  • vinay gupta on April 13, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    There is always an opportunity in everything... including snobbery in today's changing world. Some purists won't mind a dash of English style in the fast paced cricket world... where test matches are becoming equivalent of 5 one-day matches with fluctuating fortunes enabling winners to just breast the tape to the finish line.

  • sjessie on April 13, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    yes.....we in India dont give a damn about the English Premier League football circus happening in your small island called England :P

  • Prashant on April 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Are you serious?? This article is not even worth reading. This article is more like misdirected yorkers turning into beamer.

  • Harish on April 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Disappointing from you Hughes. You normally provide articles so much better.

  • John Surej on April 13, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements, the attempt at a quick single was as ill-advised as two seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure on their way to the fish shop.- The funniest thing I have heard in a very long time..

  • Srinivas on April 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    "Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements...." Epic! Makes up for a somewhat dull article.

  • Hasan Ahmad on April 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    This yawnfest is real cricket, not IPL.

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  • Hasan Ahmad on April 13, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    This yawnfest is real cricket, not IPL.

  • Srinivas on April 13, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    "Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements...." Epic! Makes up for a somewhat dull article.

  • John Surej on April 13, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Given his proportions and Sourav’s dislike of sudden movements, the attempt at a quick single was as ill-advised as two seals taking a shortcut through the polar-bear enclosure on their way to the fish shop.- The funniest thing I have heard in a very long time..

  • Harish on April 13, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Disappointing from you Hughes. You normally provide articles so much better.

  • Prashant on April 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Are you serious?? This article is not even worth reading. This article is more like misdirected yorkers turning into beamer.

  • sjessie on April 13, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    yes.....we in India dont give a damn about the English Premier League football circus happening in your small island called England :P

  • vinay gupta on April 13, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    There is always an opportunity in everything... including snobbery in today's changing world. Some purists won't mind a dash of English style in the fast paced cricket world... where test matches are becoming equivalent of 5 one-day matches with fluctuating fortunes enabling winners to just breast the tape to the finish line.

  • PS on April 13, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    If its not jealousy why do the English and their media care so much? There are players from 7 other countries who participate yet its the English who have the weird obsession . deriding the IPL at every chance , the same media and people who celebrated the criminally backed stanford t20. Regardless almost no English players play in the IPL and its shown for free in the UK so since it doesn't affect you why don't you get on with like every other participant nation and their people/media do? If you don't like the IPL change the channel and get on with it. We Indians don't need advice on how to run our cricket regardless of what happens to the state of it. We certainly don't need it from a bunch of Brits.

  • Arshad Khan on April 13, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    KP, seeing the writing on the wall as far as his future with the England team is concerned, seems to be too obsessed with making quick money at the fag end of his career. He surely is speaking Ravi Shastri's language :-)

  • EC on April 13, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    loved the last paragaraph :)