Can an increase in club cricket boost internationals?
Mukul Mudgal, writing in the Hindu, says more emphasis on the club game and a subsequent reduction of international fixtures could bring people back to the stadiums, even for bilateral series.
It may be a good idea to have longer domestic tournament gaps, when all club games can take place and the players can decide which team they want to represent. This, while generating employment for a large number of cricketers and support staff, will also help create larger interest in bilateral/trilateral tours. The number of bilateral/trilateral tours could be limited to between three to five a year. Fewer tours in which the best cricketers of one country play against the best of another would bring the crowds back to the stadium for this type of cricket, for which audiences have been thinning due to the overkill prevalent now.