May 31, 2010

Equality isn't excellence

Despite India's early exit from the World Twenty20 for a second time in a row, the BCCI hasn't grasped the harm the IPL's bloated schedule is doing
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Twenty20 season's done! It ended pretty well. A brilliant semi-final in St Lucia, a more brilliant pitch in Barbados, and the pleasure of Ian Chappell and Nasser Hussain commentating in tandem. The din of the IPL had almost faded away... but the IPL, whether or not it will burn out, doesn't fade away.

No sooner did India crash out of the tournament than the nation's most famous abbreviation reoccupied centre stage. Specifically, it was blamed for the World Twenty20 defeats. It was acquitted with equal ferocity by others, who blamed the cricketers instead, as though these points were in conflict.

Now it is not my case that the IPL suctioned general mobility out of our young stalwarts or deprogrammed their skills against the short ball. Nor that it accounts for MS Dhoni's puzzling tendency to take Ravindra Jadeja for Garfield Sobers. Yet even donning my glitziest IPL-loving robe, I cannot honestly see the case of the defence.

The defence posits that players from other countries too participated in the IPL. Factually this is a weak argument because only some did, and of those who did, barely a handful rode the treadmill the entire time like the Indians. That is one part of it. The other is this.

There were 12 teams at the World Twenty20. Eleven of them reached the West Indies in advance. They attempted to acclimatise to the time zone, the pitches, the light - the Caribbean morning glare so different from floodlit Indian nights. They played two warm-up games, tested combinations, and did whatever it is that teams do to gee themselves up before a big event. Do guess the missing side.

The Indians were unavailable for this most elementary of pre-tournament disciplines because their entire team, as opposed to a few players, was in the IPL. It is one thing for Australia or England to absorb Cameron White or Kevin Pietersen into their set-ups, which work on in their absence, quite another for India, which cannot run at all.

There was nothing unforeseen about this situation. Gary Kirsten, a good and sensible coach, raised these issues after the debacle of the last World Twenty20. He was told to shut up. Nor were the World Twenty20 dates a surprise. They were announced last July. The Indian board, learning from the last time, ought to have done everything in its power to free its cricketers a fortnight ahead. Four days they granted. It takes 24 hours to reach the West Indies.

Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri claim that their remit on the IPL governing council is over cricketing matters, and yet they ratified a schedule like this. Shameless. No less hypocritical are the reactions of the commentators who are besides themselves when India fits in just the one first-class game on a tour to Australia.

I worry for the longer run. It is not helpful to skirt the elephant. The administrators must understand what it does when it positions the IPL as the centrepiece of the calendar.

The IPL relies not on excellence but entertainment and equality. Equality it tries to ensure via salary caps for a level playing field, and the equalising 20-over format. The equality is a frequent boast. When Lalit Modi tweets after a low-quality tied game between Punjab and Chennai, "the most competitive cricket in the world without a doubt", he understands this in a different way than proper cricket lovers do. He doesn't mean calibre.

The Indian board, learning from the last time, ought to have done everything in its power to free its cricketers a fortnight ahead. Four days they granted. It takes 24 hours to reach the West Indies

Equality may make for a few nail-biting finishes but it cannot, ever, substitute excellence. And excellence, I'm afraid, is not going to be created by the IPL. It may only occasionally showcase it. The nursery is the first-class game, from where Rahul Dravid or Virender Sehwag have emerged.

Yet the Indian board has now created a system that incentivises Twenty20 cricket out of proportion. Ranji cricketers since 2005, and especially since 2007, when the threat of the rebel ICL drove up match fees, have been earning a good living - Rs 15-20 lakh in the six months of the domestic season.

This, however, seems like too much work when an IPL contract can fetch the same amount, or in some instances far more, in six weeks. In the Australian system, governed by annual contracts that include all formats, there isn't such a skewed inducement. Unlike the Indians, they play one rather than two Twenty20 tournaments. They are likely to produce the more robust cricketers.

To young Indian players, previously committed to building a game that could survive the scrutiny of long-form cricket, and so, one day, international cricket, the message is clear. The IPL money is fab, the parties are swell, the work is easier. Mediocre attacks on flat Indian pitches! Bye-bye all-round game, we don't need you! Hello IPL, bring it on!

Fat contracts can reward quality, not produce it. The job of administrators is to recognise this. India already has an interstate Twenty20 competition, which ran this season over 63 matches. As these games were spread over 25 first-class teams and consumed eight playing days, it was less of a burden. For the six-week long IPL, they would do well to listen to Tiger Pataudi, the only member of the governing council with integrity enough to acknowledge dereliction of duty, and condense the tournament. From a cricket point of view, it's a no-brainer: teams play each other once rather than twice. This will cut the number of matches to a still huge 49 (the World Twenty20 was 27 matches; Australia's Big Bash, played arguably at a higher standard than the IPL, expands next season to 20).

But no, we're going to have 94 matches. Ninety-four! They'll tell you the name of the game. They call it riding the gravy train.

Rahul Bhattacharya is the author of the cricket tour book Pundits from Pakistan. He writes a monthly column for Mint Lounge

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  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | June 2, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @SCXX- Dude, don't take your fears or embarrassments and superimpose them on me and think they will apply to all. Like I said, the day a sport stops providing entertaininment value to me I don't care if it is India playing anybody else, I will stop watching. I don't care who wins or loses. I will watch a game even if it is Mumbai Monkeys playing Delhi Dogs as long as I think I get the entertainment value for what I paid for. Your perception of value is obviously different from mine. Its 3 hours of my time and I want to decide how I spend it and I dont want somebody to tell me what to watch. Guess what? That is the same opinion of millions of viewers who vote with their remote. Are you going to dictate to each of them what they should view? Let cricket or other sport compete with other options for my attention. If not, as a consumer I have choices. I dont care about Modi, BCCI, ICC, test cricket, ODI, or T20. These are all either products or organizers.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 2, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Fair enough TwitterJitter. You want the entertainment, fair enough. It'll be quite entertaining when we see Afghanistan bounce India out of some major ICC tournament..really now.

  • POSTED BY ishan22 on | June 2, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    I hope bcci read this article. Cricket needs people like rahul bhattacharya to survive. Ipl has destroyed cricket. Cricket was so much fun before the IPl. Performances in domestic competitions like ranji trophy,duleep trophy were rewarded and regarded as the true test of an ability of a cricketer. There were sizeable crowd watching these matches.Tours to australia and southafrica were considered the real test of a cricketer. But IPL has destroyed all that. A few stage actors belonging to a highly unsucessful film industry which churns out more flops than hits have destroyed the game of cricket. They have damaged our most priced possession, cricket. They know nothing about cricket. Cricket is a unique sport that holds its respect among the noble men. The pure form of the game tests the true character of a man. Without passing this test no man can ever deem to bea good cricketer.But IPL does not take this test. It tests the ability of a player to hit a six.If IPLcontinues Cricket wld die

  • POSTED BY forzaps on | June 2, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    @FanCric. Lifeless pitches indeed. Yet these don't seem so lifeless to you when we only win test series at home and get to number one. Lifeless pitches have nothing to do with the IPL. That our top order cannot score against anything that is >85 MPH and is rising has nothing to do with the IPL.

  • POSTED BY agreetodisagree101 on | June 1, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    It was once said if you don't ask the right question you will never get the right answer. Kudos Rahul for doing the first bit, as for answers we will have to wait I guess. 3 seasons of IPL and apart from some swelling wallets and barrage of commercialisation we have hardly seen it meeting the goals set for improving the quality of cricket in India. Almost 150 matches and not one Indian talent that the world will take note of.

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | June 1, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    @SVXX- "I have a weird feeling that Lalit Modi's Twitter team is on Cricinfo... ala TwitterJitter lol. With that same old hogwash about player improvement and all...oh well. God save Indian Cricket." Please find a word in my posting with player improvement or other garbage. I don't care about player improvement or national improvement. To me sport is about entertainment. I pay money and I get entertained in return. These T20 world cups are a joke with one held every year so that ICC can fill its coffers. I don't mind ICC filling its coffers but these are so poorly managed and don't provide much entertainment to viewers as evidenced by empty stadiums. They look like day robbery to me. At the core of it, sport is about entertainment. All this national pride and other stuff is hog wash just to force people to watch their games. I don't care about Modi or his ilk but the day sport forgets about entertainment, it can forget about viewers and can dig its own grave.

  • POSTED BY ImranEssani on | June 1, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    In 2009 Lahore and Silkot reached the final of Pakistan's domestic T-20 tournament's final. PCB barred all players selected for T-20 World cup 2009 from participating in the final of the domestic tournament (Shoaib malik (captain of Sialkot stallions), Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal among other).

    BCCI should have done the same .

    IF A PLAYER IS SELECTED FOR WORLD CUP OR INTERNATIONAL SERIES HE SHOULD NOT PLAY FOR HIS DOMESTIC OR IPL TEAM FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE THAT SERIES OR HE SHOULD NOT BE SELECTED FOR THE TEAM.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Credit duly given to the IPL for being an excellent concept. But some people speak as if they have seen 100+ years worth of Test cricket, when they compare it to the IPL...I mean, cmon, it's been only 3 years and you're talking big. The ads have increased. The sixes have increased. The boundaries have decreased. You enjoy these games? Bowlers being smacked to all parts almost as if the game is masochist(Sehwag is an exception...he smacks irrespective of the conditions). The IPL is like alcohol....and you rue the hangover that comes afterwards, sooner or later. I don't understand marketing, but I do understand human nature. And when the number of injuries and cases of fatigue will reach a height, the so called sustainable model of the IPL will crash. 94 meaningless games next year..haha.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    I have a weird feeling that Lalit Modi's Twitter team is on Cricinfo... ala TwitterJitter lol. With that same old hogwash about player improvement and all...oh well. God save Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I fail to understand what is wrong with our country's people(assuming TwitterJitter and TheEmperorWhatever are Indians). Rewind to 2009. After the IPL, our team, fatigued and injured, failed at the World T20. Coincidence? Perhaps not. Gary Kirsten and other sane people pointed out the cause behind it, but no one seemed bothered...isn't it quite obvious, when you play more and more and more over consecutive days, you lose the hunger and motivation for the sport that you are playing? Granted, but it is still very hard to regain. Now we come to the present. It was a carbon copy of last year, and poor Kirsten must be going mad. He would've abolished this circus long ago had he or any SANE person been in charge. And Australia brutalised us, there's no hiding from that. Pure pace and short length. Fair enough, but when other teams did the same and obtained resounding success, it did seem quite embarrassing. And you're calling the writer a whinger??? Where is the sanity and country spirit??!

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | June 2, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    @SCXX- Dude, don't take your fears or embarrassments and superimpose them on me and think they will apply to all. Like I said, the day a sport stops providing entertaininment value to me I don't care if it is India playing anybody else, I will stop watching. I don't care who wins or loses. I will watch a game even if it is Mumbai Monkeys playing Delhi Dogs as long as I think I get the entertainment value for what I paid for. Your perception of value is obviously different from mine. Its 3 hours of my time and I want to decide how I spend it and I dont want somebody to tell me what to watch. Guess what? That is the same opinion of millions of viewers who vote with their remote. Are you going to dictate to each of them what they should view? Let cricket or other sport compete with other options for my attention. If not, as a consumer I have choices. I dont care about Modi, BCCI, ICC, test cricket, ODI, or T20. These are all either products or organizers.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 2, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Fair enough TwitterJitter. You want the entertainment, fair enough. It'll be quite entertaining when we see Afghanistan bounce India out of some major ICC tournament..really now.

  • POSTED BY ishan22 on | June 2, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    I hope bcci read this article. Cricket needs people like rahul bhattacharya to survive. Ipl has destroyed cricket. Cricket was so much fun before the IPl. Performances in domestic competitions like ranji trophy,duleep trophy were rewarded and regarded as the true test of an ability of a cricketer. There were sizeable crowd watching these matches.Tours to australia and southafrica were considered the real test of a cricketer. But IPL has destroyed all that. A few stage actors belonging to a highly unsucessful film industry which churns out more flops than hits have destroyed the game of cricket. They have damaged our most priced possession, cricket. They know nothing about cricket. Cricket is a unique sport that holds its respect among the noble men. The pure form of the game tests the true character of a man. Without passing this test no man can ever deem to bea good cricketer.But IPL does not take this test. It tests the ability of a player to hit a six.If IPLcontinues Cricket wld die

  • POSTED BY forzaps on | June 2, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    @FanCric. Lifeless pitches indeed. Yet these don't seem so lifeless to you when we only win test series at home and get to number one. Lifeless pitches have nothing to do with the IPL. That our top order cannot score against anything that is >85 MPH and is rising has nothing to do with the IPL.

  • POSTED BY agreetodisagree101 on | June 1, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    It was once said if you don't ask the right question you will never get the right answer. Kudos Rahul for doing the first bit, as for answers we will have to wait I guess. 3 seasons of IPL and apart from some swelling wallets and barrage of commercialisation we have hardly seen it meeting the goals set for improving the quality of cricket in India. Almost 150 matches and not one Indian talent that the world will take note of.

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | June 1, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    @SVXX- "I have a weird feeling that Lalit Modi's Twitter team is on Cricinfo... ala TwitterJitter lol. With that same old hogwash about player improvement and all...oh well. God save Indian Cricket." Please find a word in my posting with player improvement or other garbage. I don't care about player improvement or national improvement. To me sport is about entertainment. I pay money and I get entertained in return. These T20 world cups are a joke with one held every year so that ICC can fill its coffers. I don't mind ICC filling its coffers but these are so poorly managed and don't provide much entertainment to viewers as evidenced by empty stadiums. They look like day robbery to me. At the core of it, sport is about entertainment. All this national pride and other stuff is hog wash just to force people to watch their games. I don't care about Modi or his ilk but the day sport forgets about entertainment, it can forget about viewers and can dig its own grave.

  • POSTED BY ImranEssani on | June 1, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    In 2009 Lahore and Silkot reached the final of Pakistan's domestic T-20 tournament's final. PCB barred all players selected for T-20 World cup 2009 from participating in the final of the domestic tournament (Shoaib malik (captain of Sialkot stallions), Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal among other).

    BCCI should have done the same .

    IF A PLAYER IS SELECTED FOR WORLD CUP OR INTERNATIONAL SERIES HE SHOULD NOT PLAY FOR HIS DOMESTIC OR IPL TEAM FOR 2 WEEKS BEFORE THAT SERIES OR HE SHOULD NOT BE SELECTED FOR THE TEAM.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Credit duly given to the IPL for being an excellent concept. But some people speak as if they have seen 100+ years worth of Test cricket, when they compare it to the IPL...I mean, cmon, it's been only 3 years and you're talking big. The ads have increased. The sixes have increased. The boundaries have decreased. You enjoy these games? Bowlers being smacked to all parts almost as if the game is masochist(Sehwag is an exception...he smacks irrespective of the conditions). The IPL is like alcohol....and you rue the hangover that comes afterwards, sooner or later. I don't understand marketing, but I do understand human nature. And when the number of injuries and cases of fatigue will reach a height, the so called sustainable model of the IPL will crash. 94 meaningless games next year..haha.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    I have a weird feeling that Lalit Modi's Twitter team is on Cricinfo... ala TwitterJitter lol. With that same old hogwash about player improvement and all...oh well. God save Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY SVXX on | June 1, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    I fail to understand what is wrong with our country's people(assuming TwitterJitter and TheEmperorWhatever are Indians). Rewind to 2009. After the IPL, our team, fatigued and injured, failed at the World T20. Coincidence? Perhaps not. Gary Kirsten and other sane people pointed out the cause behind it, but no one seemed bothered...isn't it quite obvious, when you play more and more and more over consecutive days, you lose the hunger and motivation for the sport that you are playing? Granted, but it is still very hard to regain. Now we come to the present. It was a carbon copy of last year, and poor Kirsten must be going mad. He would've abolished this circus long ago had he or any SANE person been in charge. And Australia brutalised us, there's no hiding from that. Pure pace and short length. Fair enough, but when other teams did the same and obtained resounding success, it did seem quite embarrassing. And you're calling the writer a whinger??? Where is the sanity and country spirit??!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    IPL is like a MONKEY in centre of City Market. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • POSTED BY rohan024 on | June 1, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    I am glad that someone finally dared to question self proclaimed analyst cum mentors cum commentators like Shastri and Gavaskar. I would have been happied had you included harsha bhogle also on the list. IPL has made them spokespersons for Modi and senior cricketers esp Dravid and Tendulkar. As per the trio, they can do no wrong ever. Serious shame.

  • POSTED BY TwitterJitter on | June 1, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    I hope IPL runs for 6 months in a year and people like Rahul Bhattacharya take up writing for some other sport. They whinge and whine and blame everybody else. IPL according to them is the root cause of all social and sporting evils in India. India won many ICC tournaments and world cups before IPL. It is only after IPL came into picture that India stopped winning world cups. These whingers want you and I to stop watching all entertainment and follow them on their socialist path (ala congress of 70s where all social evils were blamed on people partying and having fun). No thanks Mr Bhattacharya. You and your ilk can go down that path but we cannot be forced to watch what you stuff down our throat. Let IPL go one way and your ilks cricket go another and let the viewers decide which one they want to view. However, you people are scared of giving people that freedom in fear of getting wiped out & getting your clocks cleaned. Hence the dictatorship reigns of forcing things down our throat

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | June 1, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    "Equality isn't excellence" - so says the article by-line. I'm sure people remember next time when they clamor for region based reservation and whine when somebody from their region goes unrepresented in the Indian team. One sees the way regional representation has become institutionalised since the days of Ganguly! This WI-ZIM trip has seen a UPite being replaced by a UP-ite and a Karnataka guy with another fellow on injury! Is Dinda and Yadav the 2 best people who could have been given a cap? When there is a policy of quota and reservation, excellence goes to the dogs! One reason why KP chose Eng over his native SA! That said " excellence is not going to be created by the IPL" is an irrational statement. Excellence is an outcome of a process. IPL is a tournament, that teaches players to maximise their playing ability (captanicy decisions, batting, bowling and fielding) under extreme pressure - something that 100+years of test matches have not done! Give credit where due!

  • POSTED BY ansram on | June 1, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    If IPL had benefitted Indian cricket, the results would be there everyone to see. India would have reached the semifinals in atleast one of 2009 and 2010. But instead they had an enviable 0-6 in the super eights. It was not simply a case of the opposite team peforming better on a given day. It was a case of the opposition knowing precisely how to defeat India with the pace and the short pitched delivery. 2010 was a repeat of 2009 and India improving very little from the dismal show last year.

    If IPL is to benefit India, they must play much less ( 25 matches should do) and a good number of matches must be played on grounds which allow for a fair contest between the bat and the ball. And no IPL just before any major intl tournaments please. And more importantly, you cant pay so much for 6 weeks and expect the players to take other forms of cricket very seriously. IPL money must be paid for year round crikcet not for 6 weeks.

  • POSTED BY avnish_thakur on | June 1, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    @ kimian : "Its just that the opposite team played good cricket on the given day".

    Well the opposite teams are playing good cricket on all the days against us.

  • POSTED BY avnish_thakur on | June 1, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    On the IPL Night Karan Johar said "IPL has turned out to be the biggest reality show". That is what it is... a reality show. I am not against this TAMASHA as it wins bread and butter for the other non-recognized cricketers.The only thing needed is that this TAMASHA should not exceed more than 1 month. It keeps growing like a SAAS BAHU serial.... BTW IPL has not yet produced a single good batsman or bowler or all rounder. Probably we will have to wait till IPL-100 :).

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    BCCI is I mean Power & co. busy with making money as early as possible.They are not at all bother of future of Indian cricket that's for sure.All the spectacles are playing now with Modi is just eye wash,they knew everything that there is some illigal money transferring etc etc but now they want to put all the blame to Modi and show that they did not know anything, surprieses 3-IPL gone. Who was behind Mr.Power to be BCCI president? Madam. Great imported woman. Unfortunately she is our hotta,korta,bidhata without taking any responsibility isn't it? Where is the case against Mr.Dalmia just 2cr!!!! Mr.Sharad Power? so called clean person.Till the date all this type of chamchas will be in top, oiling sada charis Madams we shall not achieve anything in any field.

  • POSTED BY bestbuddy on | June 1, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    @ashankar, jadeja didnt perform because he didnt play competitive cricket for 2 months, partly because he was screwed over by his money grabbing franchise, partly because he was trying to grab more money for himself. SA also suffered because of players not playing enough matches leading up to the tournament. Inida had a strong team, but a few of the more experienced players, think yuvraj just didnt seem to have the desire to be there, let alone want to win matches/the tournament - maybe because they are now used to being paid ridiculous money for 6 weeks of work, so why bother for the next 2. The IPL may be bringing the game to the people, but its also doing what money does to every other aspect of human life; destroying its credibility and morality

  • POSTED BY ashankar on | June 1, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor While we got to accept your fact that a team has to be selected based on performances and not on Seniority basis, i would like to mention that NOT all seniors are bad as you have put it here. I really don see any reason dropping or 'resting' SRT, Rahul Dravid or even Dhoni from the national side. without these guys India are not really a big team. These guys deserve to pick the tournament that they want to play. And the IPL saga is not the factor for our worst WC debacle. It is just that not picking the right 16 from the IPL is the real factor. I don know if BCCI would ever correct this mistake of its. If IPL is the reason then why did Ravindra jadeja who wasn't fagged out coz of IPL let the team down? Poor SELECTION both by the selectors and the Captain/Coach on the playing day should be held responsible.

  • POSTED BY AL-11 on | June 1, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    @ uglyhunK, who said "On paper, player-to-player IPLs teams are way stronger than any other domestic teams. Period."

    Unfortunately for u my friend cricket is not played on paper, its played on a 22 yard pitch and its performance on the pitch that matters. Your contention that IPL has a higher standard than that of other domestic competitions does not hold water when tested on the basis of performance in the Champions League.

  • POSTED BY mittheimp on | June 1, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Cricket, the only sport India excell at, at an international level. And now, no sooner have India reached the top - it is clear short termism, monetry and commercial obsession is going to render future generations of Indian cricketers as second rate in all forms other than the fairly meaningless 20/20.

    funny but true!

  • POSTED BY kimian on | June 1, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I dont think IPL is destroying cricket,it is opportunities for so many players to perform at a global platform..Even India after the Invent of Ipl had so many new faces in the team who had performed well....All the cricketers play Ipl ,they r able to play well in World t20,so scheduling or Player fatigue due to Ipl is not the cause for India's poor wT20 show..Its just that the opposite team played good cricket on the given day.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | June 1, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Responding to the responses to my comment: The IPL has indeed enabled India to field a set of players in a tri-series that is not "seniors" ridden! That's good! Indian cricket has long seen players turn into "seniors" and not fight for their place in the side! They take their place in the side for granted and think the national team cannot survive without them! Not just that, if they are dropped they disturb the entire team harmony through stories planted in the media. They put on weight, don't field, refuse to learn new skills or improve on existing ones, carry a grumpy attitude when criticised on performance and rationalise with the attitude "we are like this only". You name it, Saurav, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Zaheer, Bhajji, Laxman, Dhoni and even SRT... are all guilty of it! I want a benchstrength of 11 that can compete with the "seniors" any day! In fact the "seniors" culture needs to be scrapped. In a team, all are equals and expected to perform including the captain!

  • POSTED BY on | June 1, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    the ipl is killing indian cricket....it gives the team a false sense of security playing sub standard cricket. we r developing baseball players not cricketers...and when the greats like tendulkar and dravid leave r team, there is goin to be no indian test team. cricket was unique, that playing for your country was the pinnacle. now its going to be a fading generation of cricketers who will play for national pride and not personal money. look at the aussies there is a reason they r the best. they understand playing for their country is most important. thats why players lke michael clarke and johnson refuse to take ipl contracts, so that they be rested for their country. We also have to stop playing srilanka and start playing some real cricketing nations. my passion for cricket is dying with where indian cricket, and cricket in general is going. very sad.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | June 1, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    Now that T20 cricket has run its course for a while, one thing that has emerged that is a form of game that is not worth pursuing. The reason is really simple- there are no heros in T20 cricket. Fans follow heros who become legends. Without legends, no game is worth seeing. Who is a hero with the bat and ball in T20 cricket? The answer has to be none. The primary reason for introduction of T20 cricket was to introduce it to USA. I just don't think Americans are ready for T20 or any other version of cricket. So, it is best to abandon this form of game.

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | June 1, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Ohh wait I just whine about why people whine about ... haha that's just fantastic, I love being Human, aaaahhh Born to whine.

  • POSTED BY vvvrulz on | May 31, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    To quote TheOnlyEmperor: "IPL has enabled India to put up a side in a tri-series without any of its "senior players". That is IPL's priceless contribution to Indian cricket".

    http://www.cricinfo.com/zim-tri2010/engine/current/match/452146.html

    Priceless indeed.

  • POSTED BY forzaps on | May 31, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Why is it six weeks is an excellent question. I know I represent a minority view on cricinfo but it should really should be a minimum 4 month season with a one month post-season. The semi-finals and finals are a bit of the lottery right now - make them best of 5 or 7 home-away-home series. Rahul will cringe at this because his and his elitist friends needs are way more important than those of the ignorant masses.

    PS - While we're at it do away with ODIs. Add some context to test matches by introducing a world league played over two to four years with one un-disputed champion at the end of it. Fierce battles will turn into epic wars. It is a mouth-watering prospect.

  • POSTED BY nikhildevdesai on | May 31, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    I am an INDIAN supporter but I do not like the IPL, it has been given too much power and importance. No surprise Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shashtri back the IPL, they both pretty much played for money in their days. IPL should be only a month long and that is it. Start it on April 1 and end it on April 30. Only 8-10 games per team and that is it. Indian team has become a joke, they are only playing for money these days. Gone are the days of Kapil where country came first. Yuvraj is one of the culprits also, he needs to go. Great article from Rahul.

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | May 31, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    The way the IPL is being run is ridiculous. I mean, seriously, six weeks? That should be the length of the holidays, not the sporting season. The IPL needs to become like Major League Baseball - about twenty franchises around the country, with each team playing 150+ games per year (possible if players are rotated) to qualify for playoffs and the like. Indian cricketers don't need to worry about the way the sport is played in the rest of the world if they can make a good living at home. Of course, the old-fashioned cricketers - you know, the ones with slow strike rates or poor bowling variations who have trouble making their club teams - they can go play boring forms of the game against cricketers from other countries who can't make a T20 club team either. We really must get rid of this notion that 50-over cricket isn't dead or that Test cricket is the alleged pinnacle of the game. Those who can, play T20. Those who can't, play Tests or write articles about how T20 is ruining cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    This Twenty twenty world cup I didn't watch a single match played by India. That took a lot of disgust. I'd rather watch a oneday match between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe than the 20-20 crap. @sitaram58: Do you see how Shastri Morrison et al swoon and behave like buffoons compering IPl. What objectivity? Money talks.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | May 31, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Why are foreigners like the author of this piece always complaining about IPL? They are jealous about India becoming dominant. Learn to live with it foreigners!

    Wait a minute. He looks like an Indian and Rahul Bhattarcharya sounds an Indian name. Hmmm. Let me see.

    Does Cricinfo have nothing better to do than criticize IPL? ESPN couldn't get the rights to telecast IPL so they are blaming IPL for everything! Get over it ESPN!

    Phew!

  • POSTED BY Jose_Cyriac on | May 31, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    A well made point. I second Rahul for his comment. IPL is destroying Indian cricketers in some ways. Only good thing for them is getting some good money.

  • POSTED BY Sunil_Canada on | May 31, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    IPL will not live for cricket, it was created by money, for money and will live as long as there is money. For those who are familiar with North American leagues like NHL, NBA, etc. know very well that IPL concept is copied from the proven success of these leagues. As long as there is fame & more money in IPL, representing your country and improving & preserving quality of cricket will become less significant. I am not saying this based on any wild dream, it's based on fact & comparing similar leagues i.e. NHL, NBA etc. Last month there was a ice hockey world cup in Europe where all ice hockey playing countries participated while NHL playoff was going on. Obviously players opted to paly for NHL league rather than representing their country. Only the players who were not playing in NHL palyoff, played for their countries. Nobody complained. And (unfortunately) we will stop complaining too in a few years as long as there is fame & money in IPL.

  • POSTED BY Rishindra on | May 31, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Very well said ... when will people realise that the IPL circus needs to be curtailed... at least next yr the tournament is after the WC so thank god for small mercies...

  • POSTED BY knowledge_eater on | May 31, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10196985.stm

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Rahul never disappoints!

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    as a genuine indian cricket fan, i sometimes seriously wish india never had won that T20 world cup...atleast cricket would be alive in india then..now its on a path of dying...completely empty stands even when we play australia/south africa at home...bcci has virtually scrapped foreign tours...sri lanka is only international team we play...its almost nauseating now when i see them...ofcourse sri lankan players are not at fault alone, their board just sold out to bcci couple of years back on a 10 year ipl deal...

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    IPL is a destroyer of game's spirit, its competitiveness, its character. T20 World Cup lost its prestige because India under performed. Not only India were tired after IPL, they had lost the spirit and passion to compete and fight for the country. Playing IPL, making a lot of money, being in the company of the Rich and Famous, being entertained by the greatest seductresses in the business (bollywood stars), not only sapped their energy, it sapped their passion that is needed to compete and win in the International Tournaments. IPL has justified an element of Sleaze and Debauchery in Cricket that did not exist before. IPL has altered the rules and India would be the biggest sufferer because of that. BCCI refuses to recognize that, as IPL gives them money, power and access to beautiful women. They would preserve IPL and sacrifice Indian Cricket. Three characters who ran Indian Cricket Dhalmiya, Pawar and Modi, desire fame, power, gluttony and IPL personifies that characteristics.

  • POSTED BY sitaram58 on | May 31, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    I take it you are not on the IPL payroll in any capacity. How dare you question the objectivity of Gavaskar, Shastri, Harsha, Danny Morrison, etc, etc :)

  • POSTED BY Prats6 on | May 31, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    Very well written and bang on target. Its shameful the way Sunil and Ravi have been bending backwards to please the "owners" in BCCI. And no one criticizes them, as if they are beyond all criticism.

    IPL in its current form is killing Indian cricket and its high time people recognized it rather than sleep over it.. Wake Up India..

  • POSTED BY uglyhunK on | May 31, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    @Harvey, many domestic teams, apart from IPL teams, have fixed set of players playing day-in and day out. In the respect, teams in IPL WERE at a disadvantage when playing in the last edition of champions league. On paper, player-to-player IPLs teams are way stronger than any other domestic teams. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    t-20 not the problem it how you manage it and ind are not while australia have have done what is needed from them. they have made it a treat but keep the one day and test at higher numbers so they can enjoy all of them.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | May 31, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    When will India and BCCI learn that Twenty20 IS NOT CRICKET? Ask Michael Holding and Gideon Haigh.

  • POSTED BY ganesh_02 on | May 31, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Sorry nothing new in this whole article

  • POSTED BY on | May 31, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Let's face it. India is lousy at team competition, and had they not won that fluke of a first T20 world cup, we won't be even talking in this vein.

  • POSTED BY CricFin on | May 31, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Boring .Write about ranji trophy etc .IPL is played for 2 months with good coaches and trainers.chance for young players to learn from likes of sachin etc.They will be wrost without IPL.

    Please do not jump on IPL train.

  • POSTED BY chaithan on | May 31, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    The best thing to do would be to abolish international T20 (but i doubt if the ICC will ever agree to this-after all the T20 World Cup gets them so much revenue). Limits should be imposed on the length of T20 leagues and cricketers should be allowed to participate in any league. And when we or at least I think about competitive cricket I mean a match between 2 teams which are equally excellent. Not a pathetic match between teams who are equally hopeless. Lalit Modi is of course a different breed. One which thinks about nothing but money.

  • POSTED BY Azfar on | May 31, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Well, cannot agree with Rahul more...it is a no brainer and it has now happened twice.....India crashing at the WT20 immediately after a gruelling IPL. It is sad to see so many Cricketing Pundits (associated with IPL) deny that IPL schedule has anything to do with this...it's the IPL money talking!! This time around while the IPL was on, the temperatures in India were 40+, and then all the travelling. After 6 weeks of this firstly the body is weary and more importantly there is little intensity left. There should be mental preparation before a big tournament like this. Where was the time to do that? It is not just the BCCI, the indian public also has to decide which is more important to them, the Club or the Country. BCCI as the governing body has to make sure that the IPL schedule is reduced from next time. Indian team is on the right track. They are reaching the top in both Tests as well as the ODI ranking. We can't have BCCI's greed pulling the team down.

  • POSTED BY ShahzanHaiderBukhari on | May 31, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    Great article!!! I love Rahul and Harsha's articles. They are our great Asian cricket writers.I'm Pakistani Team's fan but I wish to see strong Asian Teams i.e., India, Sri Lanka and Bagla Desh. IPL should reduce matches to a moderate level otherwise it will directly damage Indian Teams' performance on international level. Moreover, excessive T20 matches or ODIs are harmful for the taste of cricket fans. It seems something 'unnatural' or 'artificial'. Naturally enough,if we have strong Asian teams, even then we can win and bring international trophies to Asia. Good Luck!

  • POSTED BY Harvey on | May 31, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    @ uglyhunK, who said "I wonder what makes the author conclude the Australian domestic T20 is at a higher standard than IPL" - The last Champions League clearly demonstrated that the IPL is not even close to the standard of Australian domestic cricket. The results in that tournament also suggested that that the standard of the IPL is also lower than that found in South Africa and even possibly the Caribbean. The results suggested that the standard of the IPL is roughly on par with English domestic Twenty20 cricket, whose runners-up eliminated the reigning IPL champions from the competition in the first round. The IPL had more entrants than anyone else, yet despite home advantage not one of those IPL teams either made even the semi-finals, or even looked like doing so.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | May 31, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    A simple thought, why not reduce the meaningless international calendar and even remvoe WT20 from ICC list and let IPL, Big Bast or Pro20 flourish. Why not make spcae for IPL and leave out some irritating contests such as one now in Zim or WI. When the whole world is moving on, why do Cricketing pundits are conservative. I play cricket at club level and the passiion runs in my blood, but if common sense has to prevail, Cricket is now a mass market, especially where T20 is taking over, if so why not let it flourish. I think ODI has to go sooner or later. I also strongly believe T20 is for club cricket and so IPL should take its place in the center.

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | May 31, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    @TheOnlyEmperor....WHAT D U MEAN BY ''IPL has enabled India to put up a side in a tri-series without any of its "senior players". That is IPL's priceless contribution to Indian cricket and this alone puts the author's arguments in this essay into the dustbin''???

    the fact is its only bcoz of these IPL that our seniors had to b rested..and IPL does'nt produce excellence so no question of crediting IPL for allowing india to easily field a 2nd string side and let alone in ODI which is different from T20 infact its bcoz of IPL that we r seeing pathetic players like vijay,dinda etc in ODI team..IPL contribution to india??yeah faring badly in two T20 WC's and injuries to sehwag,unfit players and also the bad image to indian cricket bcoz of all the controversies and corruption is a great service to indian cricket by IPL..R U BLIND or a DIE HARD FAN OF ENTERTAINMENT AND RUBBISHNESS PRODUCED BY IPL????

  • POSTED BY uglyhunK on | May 31, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Another article NOT based on objectivity. I wonder what makes the author conclude the Australian domestic T20 is at a higher standard than IPL. I can only hope that these anti-IPL brigade be objective about what they write. Not to say that everything is fine with IPL, like many things there are some flaws with IPL which, given time, will be ironed out.

  • POSTED BY don_corleone840 on | May 31, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Why's the IPL the centrepiece of India's cricket calendar?

    because it is most viewed cricket tournament in world.

  • POSTED BY Perplexed on | May 31, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    T20 is not my cup of tea, but I believe it is good for developing the game elsewhere, such as in mainland Europe, where I reside. T20 and test cricket must be kept separate along the same lines as Sevens rugby and test rugby are. They have completely different players and tournament scheduling has no bearing on each other. 50 over cricket should be the only arena where players of these 2 different formats should meet.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | May 31, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Its obvious there are a lot of journalistic careers dependent on IPL bashing. 50+ games were played, and there must have been an average of 35,000 watching every game in stadiums live plus millions watching on television. What makes your taste superior to that of all those want to watch the spectacle. If you dont like it, you are free to stop watching IPL rather than displaying intellectual snobbery. International cricket provides just 15 players to make a living consistently .. IPL provides dozens more the chance to shine. In a billion plus country, it would be wonderful to have one day something like 30 franchises all over the country, and hundreds of cricketers and a year long domestic season. Its very much possible within the next 15 years or so.

  • POSTED BY vinodkumar on | May 31, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    its so easy to blame the IPL for the exit from the T20 WC. Every one seems to forget that the team played two matches (and won them) before the loss at the super eights stage. No one complained about lack of acclimatisation when the team beat SA in the league game, many even dreamt of an India Australia finals. Two reasons for losing the matches in the Super eight stages - we were not lucky enough and we did not tackle the short ball (which has always been our weekness and have not done enough regarding that). I like cricket and am one among those countless supporters of team India. I am not a great fan of the IPL. But still I will not blame the IPL for the exit. Not that we were consistent world beaters prior to advent of IPL. We have always been a above average team with exceptional individual talents. Over the last decade we have shown more consistency when it comes to winning overseas in both tests and ODIs. IPL has shown us that there is more talent which do not get noticed.

  • POSTED BY Alokp on | May 31, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    For all their flag waving and breast beating, it is now clear that both Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar are traitors to Indian cricket and have sold the national team up the river to pander to the interests of IPL owners and managers. There is no other reasonable explanation for their behaviour over the last three years since they were on the IPL Board. They seem unable to take off their IPL cheerleading outfit for even a minute to contemplate the state of Indian cricket and are happy to apportion blame to everyone but themselves for the sorry state of affairs in Indian cricket.

    I hope BCCI kills the golden goose with this one. I really, really hope that the 94 match IPL is quickly forgotten and abandoned by the public and the advertisers and the consequent loss of money and face will prompt some serious introspection. I also hope that India crashes out of the 2011 world cup in the first round as we revert to a 1990's state of affairs where the whole team revolves around Tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY usher on | May 31, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    IPL = Indian Sharjah in many ways...

    We the masala-loving subcontinental people love it for being the prefect "item number"

    International Players just "act" in it (like those caucasian dancers in every hindi song) to earn big bucks

    The civilized and cricket understanding world doesn't give a flying kiss to it!

    Though, Hopefully, Just like we made Sharjah a failure by overdosing our nations with it, Ipl also one day will die the same death (but not after harming indian cricket less than what Sharjah did for Pakistani Test cricket )

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | May 31, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    A very good article but with a very simple answer, MONEY. BCCI is greedy, more matches means more money. It does not matterto them if India loses in other formats of the game as long as IPL is earning billions of rupees. As an Indian fan we have to get used to losing at the international level.

    BCCI knows there is exta worload on the players but they don't seem to care. 94 matches next IPL, surely this is not true. It will be a complete madness!

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 31, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    as usual truth, only the truth and nothing but the truth from rahul.Thanks cricinfo for continuing to provide a platform for such articles.

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | May 31, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Can't agree more with Rahul. Superb Piece. Absolutely on target. I am a die hard cricket fan and believe that T20 is a slow poison to cricket.

  • POSTED BY donthaveaclue on | May 31, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Excellent article. One of the saddening mutations of the IPL has been the bastardization of the formerly revered role of cricket commentators and observers. Once, responsible for speaking insightfully about the game, the IPL has turned them into used-car salesmen looking to hawk low-quality glitzy merchandise with the most ridiculous exaggerations and half-truths about the quality of cricket being played. It is laughable to hear the exclamations from Messrs Shastri and co about top edges dribbling over shortened boundaries as "monster hits!" It is apparent that they have been signed on for obscene amounts of money for this very purpose. With BCCI board members owning teams, it shouldn't be difficult to predict the loser in the conflict of interest between sport and its monetization.

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 31, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Agree with every word ... Additionally, please do not mention 'Ravindra Jadeja' in the same sentence as you do the greatest all-rounder of all-time. i.e. Sir Garfield Sobers

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 31, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    I'm sure the Bengalis are not too enchanted with IPL given the disastrous performance of KKR and Dada's botched up leadership these past 3 years... IPL has enabled India to put up a side in a tri-series without any of its "senior players". That is IPL's priceless contribution to Indian cricket and this alone puts the author's arguments in this essay into the dustbin!

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | May 31, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    "Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri claim that their remit on the IPL governing council is over cricketing matters, and yet they ratified a schedule like this. Shameless." Brilliant ... why does our media/writers fail to criticize Sunny and Ravi. Both of them are there every where. Gavaskar could have easily prevented the IPL fiasco as administrators/players/fans listen to Gavaskar. But he didn't. Huge failure. Every tournament being covered by Star/Set/Ten sports/Neo and are very liberal with their comments. Seriously time for both the gents to take a break from TV.

  • POSTED BY IPLFan on | May 31, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    No, it is called providing the viewers what they want to see. IPL despite running for only 6 weeks has grossed more eyeballs cumulatively than all the international cricket played by the Indian team in the remaining 46 weeks. Question shouldn't be - why is IPL the centerpiece of Indian calendar. It should be - why is it only six weeks long?

  • POSTED BY vatshy on | May 31, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Wonderful article. Clearly the IPL is one of the factors why Indians have not done well in two consecutive world cups. It is very disappointing that someone like Sunil Gavaskar is defending IPL. The BCCI has done a good job at keeping people like SMG mum. The biggies investing in the IPL would be happy with soccer like structure but one reason I like cricket more is because of the regular encounters between two nations. It is good that we still have some columnists like you otherwise even those who know the problem sugar-coat their criticism and direct it at players. Tell me who will not want to play IPL given the disparity in incentives cited by Rahul.

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  • POSTED BY vatshy on | May 31, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Wonderful article. Clearly the IPL is one of the factors why Indians have not done well in two consecutive world cups. It is very disappointing that someone like Sunil Gavaskar is defending IPL. The BCCI has done a good job at keeping people like SMG mum. The biggies investing in the IPL would be happy with soccer like structure but one reason I like cricket more is because of the regular encounters between two nations. It is good that we still have some columnists like you otherwise even those who know the problem sugar-coat their criticism and direct it at players. Tell me who will not want to play IPL given the disparity in incentives cited by Rahul.

  • POSTED BY IPLFan on | May 31, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    No, it is called providing the viewers what they want to see. IPL despite running for only 6 weeks has grossed more eyeballs cumulatively than all the international cricket played by the Indian team in the remaining 46 weeks. Question shouldn't be - why is IPL the centerpiece of Indian calendar. It should be - why is it only six weeks long?

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | May 31, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    "Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri claim that their remit on the IPL governing council is over cricketing matters, and yet they ratified a schedule like this. Shameless." Brilliant ... why does our media/writers fail to criticize Sunny and Ravi. Both of them are there every where. Gavaskar could have easily prevented the IPL fiasco as administrators/players/fans listen to Gavaskar. But he didn't. Huge failure. Every tournament being covered by Star/Set/Ten sports/Neo and are very liberal with their comments. Seriously time for both the gents to take a break from TV.

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | May 31, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    I'm sure the Bengalis are not too enchanted with IPL given the disastrous performance of KKR and Dada's botched up leadership these past 3 years... IPL has enabled India to put up a side in a tri-series without any of its "senior players". That is IPL's priceless contribution to Indian cricket and this alone puts the author's arguments in this essay into the dustbin!

  • POSTED BY Abaa on | May 31, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Agree with every word ... Additionally, please do not mention 'Ravindra Jadeja' in the same sentence as you do the greatest all-rounder of all-time. i.e. Sir Garfield Sobers

  • POSTED BY donthaveaclue on | May 31, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Excellent article. One of the saddening mutations of the IPL has been the bastardization of the formerly revered role of cricket commentators and observers. Once, responsible for speaking insightfully about the game, the IPL has turned them into used-car salesmen looking to hawk low-quality glitzy merchandise with the most ridiculous exaggerations and half-truths about the quality of cricket being played. It is laughable to hear the exclamations from Messrs Shastri and co about top edges dribbling over shortened boundaries as "monster hits!" It is apparent that they have been signed on for obscene amounts of money for this very purpose. With BCCI board members owning teams, it shouldn't be difficult to predict the loser in the conflict of interest between sport and its monetization.

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | May 31, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Can't agree more with Rahul. Superb Piece. Absolutely on target. I am a die hard cricket fan and believe that T20 is a slow poison to cricket.

  • POSTED BY venkatesh018 on | May 31, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    as usual truth, only the truth and nothing but the truth from rahul.Thanks cricinfo for continuing to provide a platform for such articles.

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | May 31, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    A very good article but with a very simple answer, MONEY. BCCI is greedy, more matches means more money. It does not matterto them if India loses in other formats of the game as long as IPL is earning billions of rupees. As an Indian fan we have to get used to losing at the international level.

    BCCI knows there is exta worload on the players but they don't seem to care. 94 matches next IPL, surely this is not true. It will be a complete madness!

  • POSTED BY usher on | May 31, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    IPL = Indian Sharjah in many ways...

    We the masala-loving subcontinental people love it for being the prefect "item number"

    International Players just "act" in it (like those caucasian dancers in every hindi song) to earn big bucks

    The civilized and cricket understanding world doesn't give a flying kiss to it!

    Though, Hopefully, Just like we made Sharjah a failure by overdosing our nations with it, Ipl also one day will die the same death (but not after harming indian cricket less than what Sharjah did for Pakistani Test cricket )