World Twenty20 2007 - newspaper round-up September 25, 2007

'A stupendous festival of cricket'

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Hundreds of Indian fans cram round a big TV screen to watch them take the World Twenty20 title yesterday © Getty Images

The inaugural World Twenty20 tournament has been exhilarating viewing. But opinions from players and commentators remain divided; split between those who are convinced the format is the natural heir to 50-over's ageing throne, and some who remain wary of Twenty20's long-term impact.

Gideon Haigh, the Australian author and cricket columnist, is one. Australia haven't embraced cricket's frolicking fest with as much fervour as we might have expected but there is no early-exit bitterness from Haigh. His concern is for the future.

"Through time, however, it is likely that the main beneficiaries will be commercial intermediaries," Haigh wrote in yesterday's Australian. "Cricket will make a great deal of money in the short term, money it has no obvious need for and will mostly waste, and it will be left a coarser, crueller, crasser game as a result. Now that the Twenty20 world championship is over, another proverb comes to mind: be careful what you wish for."

But even critics of the shortened format can't deny that this particular tournament was, administratively, far greater a success than the World Cup in the Caribbean. Jonathan Agnew, BBC's cricket correspondent, chose yesterday as the perfect opportunity to highlight the World Cup's failings and World Twenty20's successes.

"This is how a one-day cricket tournament should be," he said. "People are actually welcomed into the grounds here, you're not strip searched by men with rubber gloves, you can take in whatever you like...you can take in a flag of whatever size you want...you can take a bottle of water in.

"They've treated people with a bit of respect, a bit of dignity and they're not ripping them off. They've charged them little to get in - two or three pounds will usually get you into a game - and what a surprise, the grounds are full and there's a tremendous atmosphere.

"I hope this has been a lesson learned by the ICC that one-day cricket tournaments are fantastic, they're colourful, they're vibrant, they're everything they should be," he concluded. "But unfortunately, the last two World Cups that the ICC have staged haven't been."

Simon Briggs, in The Daily Telegraph, was even moved to question whether the tournament was "the most successful tournament in cricket history", while insisting it "certainly...produced the best final we have seen". A bold claim, but this format is sweeping everyone off their feet whether they like it or not, inducing superlatives left, right and centre.



Agnew: 'I hope this has been a lesson learned by the ICC that one-day cricket tournaments are fantastic, they're colourful, they're vibrant, they're everything they should be' © Getty Images

"The match was a compressed epic," Briggs gushed. "Like the famous World Cup semi-final of 1999, it proved that limited-overs cricket can be just as compelling as the full-scale game. When the pressure mounts, the players' temperaments are laid bare. And while the technique of smearing a six over midwicket may bear little resemblance to that employed in a classic cover drive, the skills involved are every bit as demanding."

Mike Haysman, the South African commentator, was so enthralled that he sees no future for the 50-over dinosaur. "The ICC can no longer ignore the popularity of the shortest form and needs to accommodate the wishes of their fanatical paying public," he wrote at the Supercricket website. "This injection is exactly what the game needs to rejuvenate the sport and whilst Test cricket needs to be protected and preserved, the relatively sluggish 50 over game can step aside and allow the new pretender centre stage."

Fazeer Mohammed, writing in the Trinidad and Tobago Express, agrees with Haysman too. "The competition has been packaged as any fast food should be: attractively presented for rapid consumption and instant gratification with no pretensions towards the proper nutrition that is needed to sustain the long-term health of the traditional form of the game."

The praise doesn't stop there. Over in The Independent. Stephen Brenkley described the event as a "a stupendous festival of cricket" while adding that "there will be those who still insist that this is not really cricket, that it is wham bam stuff for a modern generation. Let them go on thinking so." It was, he concluded, "something truly special".

But 50-over cricket isn't yet dead. And Malcolm Speed, the ICC chief executive, brought the Twenty20's gushing praise to an abrupt halt today when he reminded everyone that "50-over cricket is the financial driver of the game."

But for how long, Malcolm?

Will Luke is a staff writer on Cricinfo

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  • Akshat14 on September 26, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Very much. It was absolute fun and there were a number of exciting moments! India's every match was exciting.

  • spectre_ghost on September 26, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Yes I was very impressed by the 20/20 format with even the minnows caused damage to bigger teams but, you can't get rid of the 50 overs format because you are then ruining the bowlers career.

  • sameershastri on September 26, 2007, 9:05 GMT

    I believe Cricket has become like Wrestling too ! Its simply scripted. Especially India v Pakistan games are totally fixed. Nevertheless, it feels great that your favorite wrestler wins. Similarly it feels great when India wins :)

  • WhoNWhy on September 25, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    I work. 9 hrs at office. 2 hrs to and fro. half the day gone at work or for work. Then to watch a game for 7 hrs a day becomes tough. N guess what before getting employed i never used to miss a min of cricket. Well, inspite of that i could always find 3 hrs for my fav match. i wud not mind sleeping 4 hrs one day instead of 7 hrs and enjoy a cricket match in that time. I love one day cricket and m crazy about test cricket. But for me and many like me T20 has come as a lifeline. N who says its batsman friendly, for me it filtered ordinary bowlers from really good ones. N trust me bowlers wud find this experience very handy in the one day format.

  • rsquarev on September 25, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    There is no doubt that Tournament was a big hit. The reason may be the number of cricket lovers in both nations and their emotions involved with the game. For any international cricket tournament India and Pakistan are the top of the attractions. As much they advance in tournament as great the tournament would be. Exactly the same happened in Twenty20 WC. Imagine T20 WC Final without India Pakistan, it wouldn't have been that great.

    Coming to ODI replacement in perspective of true cricket, I don't think 20-20 would replace ODI. Twenty20 is a fastfood cricket. No one likes to eat fastfood forever. Now and then it is fine. Twenty20 lacks technique and class which you can see in ODI and Test flavours. But, fastfood gave us great kick and that is why we are thinking of ODI replacement. T20 cannot be a serious game, its funfilled refreshment.

  • iraivan on September 25, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    The tournament was fantastic, but I would like add my comments on various state government's offering money to their state players.

    If BCCI is private organization, why are the state governments spending people's money as prize money for a individuals those work a private company, which is BCCI??

  • tushhand on September 25, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Great showing Indian and Pakistani teams! And South African authorities for planning & execution of this tournament.

    While I am of the 'purist' view that this is not real creat as it only a crack, smash, bang version, it is nonetheless entertaining. It may very well become commercially very successful. It may also bring new nations as TT could provide a quicker platform for "qualification". For the current countries participating in TT, it is a refreshing change for the fans from the near total dominance of Australian in regular cricket as has happened in near past.

    Just my 2 cents

  • khantalalm on September 25, 2007, 16:44 GMT

    I am a product of the 90s. Not so much around the time for the best Test Cricket and too iffy about 20/20. For me one-day cricket is something I have grown up watching not that I am the biggest fan of that format, I am the biggest fan of good, tigtly fought test contest. But unfortunately that doesn't happen two often. More than likely you'd being guessing the result around the 3rd day. I also like ODIs but not the one sided affair that we've been having all this year so I guess this 20/20 thing (cricket) if you'd want to call it that... was a welcome change....

  • satyasainvs on September 25, 2007, 16:26 GMT

    yah! every indian cheers y'day.. really india heroes are proved their Guts in a major internationals.. through out the World blinks by seeing the dynamic power of young blood.. Atleast now BCCI should wake up and give more chances to the young chaps really they have the powers to make Big guns bend their heads.. Team India cheers up for a wonderful moment.. We are all proud to be part of India.. All the best for coming tours..

  • Raj888 on September 25, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    Lots of ppl are crediting the success of this tournament to Indo-Pak final clash and aussies not clean sweeping....but thats wat 20-20 has done..no team was far ahead of others, not even aussies unlike the 50 over game.. and i beleive that, be it any form of cricket, it is more interesting if the equals clash rather than unequals.. i bet even the aussies would have enjoyed the border cup in 2003 in australia more than the ashes in 2005

  • Akshat14 on September 26, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    Very much. It was absolute fun and there were a number of exciting moments! India's every match was exciting.

  • spectre_ghost on September 26, 2007, 9:32 GMT

    Yes I was very impressed by the 20/20 format with even the minnows caused damage to bigger teams but, you can't get rid of the 50 overs format because you are then ruining the bowlers career.

  • sameershastri on September 26, 2007, 9:05 GMT

    I believe Cricket has become like Wrestling too ! Its simply scripted. Especially India v Pakistan games are totally fixed. Nevertheless, it feels great that your favorite wrestler wins. Similarly it feels great when India wins :)

  • WhoNWhy on September 25, 2007, 23:24 GMT

    I work. 9 hrs at office. 2 hrs to and fro. half the day gone at work or for work. Then to watch a game for 7 hrs a day becomes tough. N guess what before getting employed i never used to miss a min of cricket. Well, inspite of that i could always find 3 hrs for my fav match. i wud not mind sleeping 4 hrs one day instead of 7 hrs and enjoy a cricket match in that time. I love one day cricket and m crazy about test cricket. But for me and many like me T20 has come as a lifeline. N who says its batsman friendly, for me it filtered ordinary bowlers from really good ones. N trust me bowlers wud find this experience very handy in the one day format.

  • rsquarev on September 25, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    There is no doubt that Tournament was a big hit. The reason may be the number of cricket lovers in both nations and their emotions involved with the game. For any international cricket tournament India and Pakistan are the top of the attractions. As much they advance in tournament as great the tournament would be. Exactly the same happened in Twenty20 WC. Imagine T20 WC Final without India Pakistan, it wouldn't have been that great.

    Coming to ODI replacement in perspective of true cricket, I don't think 20-20 would replace ODI. Twenty20 is a fastfood cricket. No one likes to eat fastfood forever. Now and then it is fine. Twenty20 lacks technique and class which you can see in ODI and Test flavours. But, fastfood gave us great kick and that is why we are thinking of ODI replacement. T20 cannot be a serious game, its funfilled refreshment.

  • iraivan on September 25, 2007, 17:27 GMT

    The tournament was fantastic, but I would like add my comments on various state government's offering money to their state players.

    If BCCI is private organization, why are the state governments spending people's money as prize money for a individuals those work a private company, which is BCCI??

  • tushhand on September 25, 2007, 17:13 GMT

    Great showing Indian and Pakistani teams! And South African authorities for planning & execution of this tournament.

    While I am of the 'purist' view that this is not real creat as it only a crack, smash, bang version, it is nonetheless entertaining. It may very well become commercially very successful. It may also bring new nations as TT could provide a quicker platform for "qualification". For the current countries participating in TT, it is a refreshing change for the fans from the near total dominance of Australian in regular cricket as has happened in near past.

    Just my 2 cents

  • khantalalm on September 25, 2007, 16:44 GMT

    I am a product of the 90s. Not so much around the time for the best Test Cricket and too iffy about 20/20. For me one-day cricket is something I have grown up watching not that I am the biggest fan of that format, I am the biggest fan of good, tigtly fought test contest. But unfortunately that doesn't happen two often. More than likely you'd being guessing the result around the 3rd day. I also like ODIs but not the one sided affair that we've been having all this year so I guess this 20/20 thing (cricket) if you'd want to call it that... was a welcome change....

  • satyasainvs on September 25, 2007, 16:26 GMT

    yah! every indian cheers y'day.. really india heroes are proved their Guts in a major internationals.. through out the World blinks by seeing the dynamic power of young blood.. Atleast now BCCI should wake up and give more chances to the young chaps really they have the powers to make Big guns bend their heads.. Team India cheers up for a wonderful moment.. We are all proud to be part of India.. All the best for coming tours..

  • Raj888 on September 25, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    Lots of ppl are crediting the success of this tournament to Indo-Pak final clash and aussies not clean sweeping....but thats wat 20-20 has done..no team was far ahead of others, not even aussies unlike the 50 over game.. and i beleive that, be it any form of cricket, it is more interesting if the equals clash rather than unequals.. i bet even the aussies would have enjoyed the border cup in 2003 in australia more than the ashes in 2005

  • Jeewan on September 25, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    Its too quick, not good for the game, not good for the players, this has to be something played for a break but not as a version that will replace the 50 over version.

  • Javeed on September 25, 2007, 15:35 GMT

    Yes Icc has done a great job as compared 50 over wold cup. but on other hand its true that its largely due to craziness of asian population about this game mostley india or pakistan.any way cong to ms dhoni an co. and shiob and co.

  • jzmn on September 25, 2007, 15:23 GMT

    I was very impressed with the pace and pulse of this Twenty20 tournament. Although with the joy and excitement it brought, it also highlighted how much the ICC ODI World Cup in the Caribbean lacked in similar splendour just a few months back.

  • nk_ashley on September 25, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    this tournament for one thing went at bullet pace where matches swung the other way within a single delivery. contrary to the popular belief it was the teams with the better bowling that had the last laugh. It is not much different from the traditional one day cricket, you still got to watch the first overs, keep wickets and launch the attack in the fianl overs. I dont think it will have any negative impact on test cricket, but the no of 50 over games will come down. looking at the gains india had it proved that you dont need stars to win tournaments. this has been a team effort where each player came to the party atleast in a couple of games.

  • skris on September 25, 2007, 15:10 GMT

    I dont want to sound negative. Yes it's been a great success and I'm thrilled that India has won. At the same time, think of what it is doing to the game. Imagine if football is played for 2 x 10 minute halves. Anyone who can kick a ball without any skill whatsover would do! T20 is just like that - anyone can win without much skills! Where is the joy??

  • srivatsan on September 25, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    Well we must have twenty-two world cup once in say 3-4 yrs as the regular world cup.Test cricket is the purest form on any day. It'd be nice to see Australia losing to Zimbabwe may be once or twice an year. Poor RSA went out of Worldcup because of one defeat. Some of it is plain ridiculous.

    One major plus out of this tournament is Cricket interest is back to it's peak in Subcontinent.

  • TamilIndian on September 25, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    I think the 50 over format should be done away with... it has become too boring and almost always one sided. Test cricket (fine dining) and T20 (fast food) should be the only things avbl... i dont see any need for anything in between.

  • BigB on September 25, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    A 5 Course Sit Down Meal, A Quick Buffet and a Mac BurgernFries all have a place - the success is in balance, however it is easier said then done. But I feel an international team (Top 8) playing 12 Tests, 30 ODIs and 15 Twenty 20 in a year (105 Days on intl) of cricket is just the right balance. However the non test playing nations (and one should add B'desh & Zim o tit) should play 50 ODIs and 40 Twenty 20 (90 Days) , Where as the ICC associates should be playing 30 ODIs and 60 Twenty 20 (90 Days). I am assuming that the domestic season should not be more than 100 days of play for any player. This will not only bring the balance but will also handle the burnout issue .... In a WC year these can be suitably modified. [More on that later]

  • rishu on September 25, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    Twenty20 World Cup was truely a great success no doubt!

    The cricket authorities in each country should encourage this format as well as ICC should now make a move to promote this Game to other Asian countries like China,South Korea & Japan.They should also focus on European Nations & USA,Canada,Brazil,Argentina.....

    I find no reason that Twenty20 Cricket cannot be globalized,infact i expect the ICC should involve more countries to participate in 2011 Twenty20 World Cup.

    This game certainly has all the excitement which any individual may expect.I believe my thoughts & Ideas resembles many people who really have enjoyed watching this tournament.

  • practimist on September 25, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    Really Impressive....

    should be a reckoner on how to organize tournaments by ICC in the future. The cricket was also played at the highest standard. T20 is a thing to stay, and stay it will.

  • rrangan on September 25, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    Yes, this was an excellently organized tournament, but I am not sure if it would have done as well as it did if India and Pakistan did not perform as well as they did. I think this was one of the main reasons that the ICC world cup wasn't a success.

  • sreejith_mv on September 25, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    Twenty 20 cricket tournamemt impressed me a lot and i am sure this tournament impresses cricket lovers all over the world.the important thing is one cannot predict who will win before the game.the best example was Aus Vs Zim game.i stongly beleieve this is not a batsmen's game.bowlers have good chance to dominate the game.pressure is mainly on batsmen and they are expected attack the opposition right from start which gives sensible bowlers a chance for grabbing wickets. i have no doubt twnty20 cricket will be the future of cricket.

  • Turbanator on September 25, 2007, 11:45 GMT

    Excellent Tournament, best ever! Dhoni did a fantastic job as captain he was so calm. Twenty20 is here to stay that's for sure. Good to see Zimbabwe play well during the tournament.

  • Mr_November on September 25, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    Great tournament. Well organised. I'm a purist, so while the cricket on offer was bordering on ludicrous at times, it was very exciting. Some new heroes were unearthed. Now it's important for the ICC to not mess this up like they have with the 50-over game. Oh and Mike Haysman, is certainly not South African.

  • maxjones on September 25, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    what i would think is TT had stupendous success just because two asian rivals had gone down to wire for lifting the trophy. had it been australia again it had been a dull feature. one more interesting feature about this tournament is no team had to rest for more than 24 hours for playing another match. atleast it always kept me interested. if 50 over format takes some cues from this tournament it will be interesting. i think the interest started right from when zimbabwe dumped australia. though it would be an distant possibilty in 50 over format. regarding india winning the finals i think the destiny was written when india won dramatcially(bowl out)against pakistan. but it doesnt take anything away from the champions. all 11 members had perfected their role exactly. each one was dangerous in their own right. generally in previous tournaments always one indian would be in the top 5/10 listings for batting or bowling. this one was not its an collective performance.

  • Arsh on September 25, 2007, 10:29 GMT

    Greatest tournament ever. Certainly in my memory. Final showed how the WC finals should be!

    I also think that 20-20 can be used to test the youngsters temperament before bringing them to test squad. Its up to boards to take full advantage of it.

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  • Arsh on September 25, 2007, 10:29 GMT

    Greatest tournament ever. Certainly in my memory. Final showed how the WC finals should be!

    I also think that 20-20 can be used to test the youngsters temperament before bringing them to test squad. Its up to boards to take full advantage of it.

  • maxjones on September 25, 2007, 10:55 GMT

    what i would think is TT had stupendous success just because two asian rivals had gone down to wire for lifting the trophy. had it been australia again it had been a dull feature. one more interesting feature about this tournament is no team had to rest for more than 24 hours for playing another match. atleast it always kept me interested. if 50 over format takes some cues from this tournament it will be interesting. i think the interest started right from when zimbabwe dumped australia. though it would be an distant possibilty in 50 over format. regarding india winning the finals i think the destiny was written when india won dramatcially(bowl out)against pakistan. but it doesnt take anything away from the champions. all 11 members had perfected their role exactly. each one was dangerous in their own right. generally in previous tournaments always one indian would be in the top 5/10 listings for batting or bowling. this one was not its an collective performance.

  • Mr_November on September 25, 2007, 11:42 GMT

    Great tournament. Well organised. I'm a purist, so while the cricket on offer was bordering on ludicrous at times, it was very exciting. Some new heroes were unearthed. Now it's important for the ICC to not mess this up like they have with the 50-over game. Oh and Mike Haysman, is certainly not South African.

  • Turbanator on September 25, 2007, 11:45 GMT

    Excellent Tournament, best ever! Dhoni did a fantastic job as captain he was so calm. Twenty20 is here to stay that's for sure. Good to see Zimbabwe play well during the tournament.

  • sreejith_mv on September 25, 2007, 12:11 GMT

    Twenty 20 cricket tournamemt impressed me a lot and i am sure this tournament impresses cricket lovers all over the world.the important thing is one cannot predict who will win before the game.the best example was Aus Vs Zim game.i stongly beleieve this is not a batsmen's game.bowlers have good chance to dominate the game.pressure is mainly on batsmen and they are expected attack the opposition right from start which gives sensible bowlers a chance for grabbing wickets. i have no doubt twnty20 cricket will be the future of cricket.

  • rrangan on September 25, 2007, 13:27 GMT

    Yes, this was an excellently organized tournament, but I am not sure if it would have done as well as it did if India and Pakistan did not perform as well as they did. I think this was one of the main reasons that the ICC world cup wasn't a success.

  • practimist on September 25, 2007, 13:30 GMT

    Really Impressive....

    should be a reckoner on how to organize tournaments by ICC in the future. The cricket was also played at the highest standard. T20 is a thing to stay, and stay it will.

  • rishu on September 25, 2007, 13:48 GMT

    Twenty20 World Cup was truely a great success no doubt!

    The cricket authorities in each country should encourage this format as well as ICC should now make a move to promote this Game to other Asian countries like China,South Korea & Japan.They should also focus on European Nations & USA,Canada,Brazil,Argentina.....

    I find no reason that Twenty20 Cricket cannot be globalized,infact i expect the ICC should involve more countries to participate in 2011 Twenty20 World Cup.

    This game certainly has all the excitement which any individual may expect.I believe my thoughts & Ideas resembles many people who really have enjoyed watching this tournament.

  • BigB on September 25, 2007, 13:49 GMT

    A 5 Course Sit Down Meal, A Quick Buffet and a Mac BurgernFries all have a place - the success is in balance, however it is easier said then done. But I feel an international team (Top 8) playing 12 Tests, 30 ODIs and 15 Twenty 20 in a year (105 Days on intl) of cricket is just the right balance. However the non test playing nations (and one should add B'desh & Zim o tit) should play 50 ODIs and 40 Twenty 20 (90 Days) , Where as the ICC associates should be playing 30 ODIs and 60 Twenty 20 (90 Days). I am assuming that the domestic season should not be more than 100 days of play for any player. This will not only bring the balance but will also handle the burnout issue .... In a WC year these can be suitably modified. [More on that later]

  • TamilIndian on September 25, 2007, 14:00 GMT

    I think the 50 over format should be done away with... it has become too boring and almost always one sided. Test cricket (fine dining) and T20 (fast food) should be the only things avbl... i dont see any need for anything in between.