October 23, 2013

India cricket

Why is India doing this?

The news of a shortened India tour of South Africa, following weeks of uncertainty and endless discussions between the two boards has led to strong anti-India sentiments in South Africa among fans, mainly via social media. Neil Manthorp, in Wisden India, writes that the BCCI doesn't seem to care for personal sentiments, and what angers fans most is the motivation for the BCCI to behave in such a way.

A friend of mine who knows little about cricket gave my contact details to the single mother of a 10-year-old boy. She was sobbing with fury. She had been promising all year to take her cricket-mad son to his first Test match, at Newlands. Now there isn't one. The same lady has been selling coffee under the Centenary Stand for almost 20 years. She makes a quarter of her annual income from that one match. Never mind the corporates and big businesses with hundreds of thousands to lose.

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Posted by   on (October 27, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

It seems that all the BCCI are interested in is killing off the Test format off the game and turn cricket into a disgusting Bollywood entertainment outlet. I am not someone who hates the shorter forms of the game but I do believe that the ultimate cricket test is Test Match cricket. The IPL was a great idea in principal, but by tying it with Bollywood has actually spoilt the cricket in my opinion. ODI cricket is still great yet the constant insistence of South Asian countries to create flat pitches is killing off any meaningful bowling. At this rate, cricket is going to go from a true sport to a bollywood extravaganza aimed at women and children.

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