West Indies news August 14, 2013

'I'd have jumped at the chance to play T20 cricket' - Haynes

Renaldo Matadeen
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Desmond Haynes, the former West Indies opener, has thrown his full support behind the Twenty20 bandwagon permeating throughout cricket today. Haynes, who once held the world record for the most ODI runs (8648), is currently coaching the Barbados Tridents in the first edition of the Caribbean Premier League. He highlighted the tournament as a case study of success.

"People focus too much on the cons and negatives but how many people look at the positives (of T20s)? This needs to come out more," Haynes said. "If I had T20 cricket to play in my day, I'd have jumped at it. Do you know how hard it was to earn a living back in my day? You had to travel all over the world to earn a living outside the international game. A lot of cricketers didn't get the chance to see their families often and to see their kids grow up. T20 offers the financial means to ply your trade and make a living, especially for younger players."

Haynes spoke about worldwide T20 tournaments that are refurbishing grounds, adding infrastructure such as pitches, cricket academies and training clinics. He also mentioned the protracted benefits of this renaissance within contemporary limited overs.

"While young players train for ODIs and Tests, they get the chance to play in T20 tournaments and land sponsors, money for tools and gears...and the stability for their futures, on and off the field," Haynes said. "T20 helps settle a player's career in ways we, the old guard, never experienced."

Haynes cautioned that there would continue to be conflicts with players, T20 windows, international clearances from respective boards, and much more issues that would arise as the cricketing fraternity is still adapting to embrace this format of the game.

He said that a balance needs to be struck to allow all formats of the game to exist. Currently overseeing the table leaders Barbados, he stipulated that aspiring international batsmen needed to hone their craft to play all versions, and not be pigeonholed into one aspect of the game. Haynes spoke highly on the influx of sponsors, revenues and the boosts to the marketing, advertising and corporate industries of the sporting landscape.

"Seasoned veterans like myself, Andy (Roberts), Gordon (Greenidge) and (Curtly) Ambrose also get to coach in something like the CPL and help develop the game with the youngsters. It's a great opportunity to get old players, young ones and international players mingling and learning from each other.

"Everyone, or most people, love T20. You've got to have the passion back in the stands and crowds at the games. Look at how things are happening here in the Caribbean again. People are flocking to back their franchises. Everyone's backing each other, no matter where you're from. It adds unity to the Caribbean and it's doing us a lot of good. This is a great thing for Windies cricket. The atmosphere with the fans and supporters show this right now."

Renaldo Matadeen is a sportswriter and social media manager for ESPN Caribbean. He tweets here

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  • on August 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Those who still think that test cricket is still the purest form of the game are folks like me who are on the way out. The game has changed.The generation has changed. There is still talk of the glory days of the West Indies.The kids playing the game today knows nothing of those days and do not need to know.They are at best our grand children. Donning whites and spending five days cant cut it any longer and cant feed a family. Those who cant stand rhe modern game should hold on to their memories and go out with them. Takin in a game for three hours after work cant be beaten. Just look at the crowds.

  • on August 16, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Where were these comments during the period when most of the Carib wanted to Hang Chris Gayle for merely mentioning he love T/20 cricket??

  • Mr.Arrack on August 16, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I"m sorry but this Idea that TEST cricket needs to fit " modern day life" needs to be abandoned. Yes, certain rule changes have caused a change in the nature of Test Cricket but has managed to stay beautiful. This "Modern day life" is similar to T20, to succeed in "Modern day life " and T20, We need to have the skill, stamina, patience, planning and team work of the Test game. If you want to relax forget the yoga retreat and enjoy the beauty of the rain day during a test series.

  • Rally_Windies on August 15, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    20/20 & Test for the win .....

    since 20/20 ,,, limited over ODI has become the most boring format !

    I see 50 over ODI as an intermediate game for the minor nations to play to practice for test !

    Maybe the should have 100 over 2 day games ! ....

    or triple innings 20/20 , where you have 3 innings and you combined scores of 3 give you the win, with bonus points for each individual innings .....

    you could win overall, and be losing 2-1 .....

    reduce it to 15 overs if you have to .....

    but it would be interesting ! .....

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    @Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    We complain that test cricket is being usurped by the shorter formats of the game, but the seeds of this problem were planted from the moment the ICC imposed restrictions on the game; minimum of 90 overs a day when most games finished with a result inside three days , 2 bouncers per over, shortened run-ups, and the list goes on. Greed and the obsessive need for certain teams to be on top took precedence over the dynamism of the game. The decline of test cricket coincided with the decline of West Indies. Pakistan, and Australia, teams who made the game exciting, and were not afraid of short pitched bowling, and "bouncing" each other. The problem lay with those teams who did not produce quality and incisive fast bowling. Thirty or so years down the line the ICC has reaped the "rewards" of those restrictions. They have ultimately lost control, and the balance of power has shifted to private enterprise. I laud the IPl, CPL, Big Bash etc. Serves you right for tampering with Art.

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    test cricket is pure cricket , and even in test cricket some t20 batting manifests itself when batting teams are chasing big runs . here's the problem with west indies cricket ,our fast bowlers ,some can bowl quick but they cant control thier pace ,line or lenght , some cannot swing the ball both ways ,and some can't even get swing in conditions that favour swing .our young spinner narine claims to have so many variations ,and yet he struggles to land a ball on the same spot for 5 deliveries ,and in the test format ,he will go for runs and not get wickets because batsmen are wating for the bad ball. batting in the caribbean is weak ,not one of our modern age batsmen can play the ball softly into gaps ,something english ,indian ,southafrican,pakistan and sri lankan players do well ,all the greats of the game do it so that says it all ,we dont have a system that produces world beaters so we will never have any ,just a bunch of overrated hitters and bowlers

  • BigINDFan on August 15, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    T20 is cricket which calls for innovation, entertainment and competition. Most important guaranteed results. These are things that modern day spectator wants in any sport so why not in cricket. Test cricket had its glory days but is dying. Even the grand Ashes series is losing its charm since Aus batting was pathetic and cannot compete with Eng. ODIs will soon follow the footsteps of Tests if ICC does not figure out how to make each of the format entertaining, competitive and appealing to the spectators. Make changes like indoor stadiums, day night tests, reduce the number of innings and days in Tests etc.

    @xylo - Haynes playing T20s fun, WV Raman hilarious :-) Even better Bishen Singh Bedi!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    TEST cricket is patently the only REAL form of the game. The shortened formats are merely lavish, expensive versions of kiddie cricket.

  • on August 16, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Those who still think that test cricket is still the purest form of the game are folks like me who are on the way out. The game has changed.The generation has changed. There is still talk of the glory days of the West Indies.The kids playing the game today knows nothing of those days and do not need to know.They are at best our grand children. Donning whites and spending five days cant cut it any longer and cant feed a family. Those who cant stand rhe modern game should hold on to their memories and go out with them. Takin in a game for three hours after work cant be beaten. Just look at the crowds.

  • on August 16, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Where were these comments during the period when most of the Carib wanted to Hang Chris Gayle for merely mentioning he love T/20 cricket??

  • Mr.Arrack on August 16, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    I"m sorry but this Idea that TEST cricket needs to fit " modern day life" needs to be abandoned. Yes, certain rule changes have caused a change in the nature of Test Cricket but has managed to stay beautiful. This "Modern day life" is similar to T20, to succeed in "Modern day life " and T20, We need to have the skill, stamina, patience, planning and team work of the Test game. If you want to relax forget the yoga retreat and enjoy the beauty of the rain day during a test series.

  • Rally_Windies on August 15, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    20/20 & Test for the win .....

    since 20/20 ,,, limited over ODI has become the most boring format !

    I see 50 over ODI as an intermediate game for the minor nations to play to practice for test !

    Maybe the should have 100 over 2 day games ! ....

    or triple innings 20/20 , where you have 3 innings and you combined scores of 3 give you the win, with bonus points for each individual innings .....

    you could win overall, and be losing 2-1 .....

    reduce it to 15 overs if you have to .....

    but it would be interesting ! .....

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    @Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 15, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    @Dokta 100% correct Sir. Also give the ICC/ECB allowance of Helmets chest guards arm guards e.t.c there is nothin to be scared of no more other than loosing your wicket you cannot really get hurt. This took way the adrenaline and excitement of the game, it's no surprise at all England are no1 because the Test game has been forced to be all about technique and tactics also India no1 without 1 genuine fast bowler highlights just how far the game has shifted away from balance between bat and ball. England also banned West Indian instruments and block seating in stadiums out-casting British West Indians from the game kicking people out e.t.c this along with no projects to help out that community has left it extinct with majority of "Briti Caribbeans" focused on football an US sport when it used to be how Ind/Pak fans r now! I loved the movie FIRE IN BABYLON but someone really needs to make a follow up discussing how all these rules regulations destroyed the excitement of thel game.

  • on August 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    We complain that test cricket is being usurped by the shorter formats of the game, but the seeds of this problem were planted from the moment the ICC imposed restrictions on the game; minimum of 90 overs a day when most games finished with a result inside three days , 2 bouncers per over, shortened run-ups, and the list goes on. Greed and the obsessive need for certain teams to be on top took precedence over the dynamism of the game. The decline of test cricket coincided with the decline of West Indies. Pakistan, and Australia, teams who made the game exciting, and were not afraid of short pitched bowling, and "bouncing" each other. The problem lay with those teams who did not produce quality and incisive fast bowling. Thirty or so years down the line the ICC has reaped the "rewards" of those restrictions. They have ultimately lost control, and the balance of power has shifted to private enterprise. I laud the IPl, CPL, Big Bash etc. Serves you right for tampering with Art.

  • on August 15, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    test cricket is pure cricket , and even in test cricket some t20 batting manifests itself when batting teams are chasing big runs . here's the problem with west indies cricket ,our fast bowlers ,some can bowl quick but they cant control thier pace ,line or lenght , some cannot swing the ball both ways ,and some can't even get swing in conditions that favour swing .our young spinner narine claims to have so many variations ,and yet he struggles to land a ball on the same spot for 5 deliveries ,and in the test format ,he will go for runs and not get wickets because batsmen are wating for the bad ball. batting in the caribbean is weak ,not one of our modern age batsmen can play the ball softly into gaps ,something english ,indian ,southafrican,pakistan and sri lankan players do well ,all the greats of the game do it so that says it all ,we dont have a system that produces world beaters so we will never have any ,just a bunch of overrated hitters and bowlers

  • BigINDFan on August 15, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    T20 is cricket which calls for innovation, entertainment and competition. Most important guaranteed results. These are things that modern day spectator wants in any sport so why not in cricket. Test cricket had its glory days but is dying. Even the grand Ashes series is losing its charm since Aus batting was pathetic and cannot compete with Eng. ODIs will soon follow the footsteps of Tests if ICC does not figure out how to make each of the format entertaining, competitive and appealing to the spectators. Make changes like indoor stadiums, day night tests, reduce the number of innings and days in Tests etc.

    @xylo - Haynes playing T20s fun, WV Raman hilarious :-) Even better Bishen Singh Bedi!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on August 14, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    TEST cricket is patently the only REAL form of the game. The shortened formats are merely lavish, expensive versions of kiddie cricket.

  • on August 14, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    Yes they make a lot of money but perhaps that why some like pollard feel like he can behave like an idiot and treat his fellow team mate with such disrespect . It's on display now for all to see why this WI team can't win games . It's like they hate each other . Disturbing the way he went at Samuels last night and Simmons the other day. Never saw Him behave like that in IPL . I like him but someone need to talk to him

  • on August 14, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    A game that takes 5 days, being played during work hours and work days and still can't give a result is unacceptable. I Love the Test contest but it doesn't fit into modern day life. Day night test is the only thing left to save it.

  • xylo on August 14, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I can imagine Desmond Haynes and WV Raman playing T20s... Fun!! ;-)

  • asim229 on August 14, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    T20 is the future of cricket and saved it and test matches were good only for 19th century.5 day test matches were the only reason many countries around the world didn't play cricket because it is too long and nobody have time to just play/watch one cricket match for the whole week. Just limit test cricket to historic series like Ashes and also ODIs should be 40 or 45 overs per side because it is too long to have 100 overs a day in ODI.

  • Testcricfan on August 14, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST: Agree on most parts of your comments. In modern sport, Money determines the power both on and off the field. WI, when they ruled the cricketing world on the field, failed to assert themselves off the pitch and did not get the money needed to improve Infrastructure and to put in place structures to ensure they stayed on top. Talent can only get you so far, exposure and confidence, two vital ingredients for sustained success are gained only with money. Even Clive Lloyd's west Indians became world beaters only after their exposure & participation in money rich (talking relatively here) WSC. Hopefully, CPL brings in the moolah for WI and they can invest it wisely back into the game. @Cricinfo: Any idea on the budget and expected revenue from CPL?

  • gsingh7 on August 14, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    so well said . no one have the spare time to watch 5 day boorish tests and it ends in drab draws mostly. t20 is the future of cricket and sooner all nations accept this fact ,better for the game. test cricket is on its last leg. t20 provides secure future to young cricketers of cash strapped cricket boards of wi, bangladesh , sl,zimbabwe and pakistan. t20 is the the present and future of the game , big bash,ipl should testify it

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Gizza.Twitter, facebook, android are famous but are not because of cricket. you can follow scores lively but it doesnot mean people loved test cricket as "that" much. I mean, people who comes in masses to watch test cricket and through telivision. In subcontinent test cricket almost dead, may be "day-night test" can save "test cricket". Well, how could icc introduce (test) cricket to new nations? But as a t20, it can!. What i am implying is, t20 nature is attracting dont put obstacles in the name of "test cricket". It will benefit world cricket. Finally, i m not against DRS or tech, But i m against FLAWED TECHNOLOGY. Nothing 100% fool proof, but current DRS technology is no where near to 98% atleast, if not 99% and 99.5%.

  • StevieS on August 14, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I know there are a lot of 20/20 knockers around these parts and I myself prefer to watch a test match over a 20/20 but I can honestly say that 20/20 is the best thing that has ever happened to cricket. Like Mr Haynes say it gives people a future, this maybe not so important in countries like India, England and Australia where players still get good money playing for their country but in countries like NZ, Sri Lanka and WI it is a god sent, especially in New Zealand where kids like a young Jeff Wilson may now pick cricket over rugby.

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @wrs_flawed_technology I just want to comment that NZ's problem from what I've seen is not the amount of money they put into the game. It is actually two things,

    1) We are predominantly a Rugby playing nation, hence cricket doesn't get the same support.

    2) We have a terrible academy that ruins what form and technique our players get from our domestic competition. Most batsmen of ours (par the likes of Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill) have been dropped after a few matches because they come into the Black Caps having made great scores just to be told that their technique is wrong. They use this new technique and go for low scores and get dropped. I think Matthew Sinclair probably was the best example of this, a player who could have been NZ's best batsmen at one point but was continually forced to change his game method every time he got into the team.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    I remember a couple yrs back how Joel Garner was saying England and Australia milked the team of the 80's with extended tours to pack out stadiums yet W.I cricket never saw any of that money. It's clear how the longer format of the game has now became more and more technical and W.I have fallen behind, English often comment on this yet it's hardly surprising when the facilities are almost none existent or laggin far behind on most islands. After that Viv Richards Test when pitch failed you'd think ICC would of stepped in but they didn't, bottom line economics is everything and hopefully with this CPL W.I cricket will not have to rely on handouts and start being able to develop decent facilities to help nurture the talent that's always there (W.I always do well in U19 WC) so it shows it is this nurturing technical side that is now so important in d game which W.I lacks. Also hardly surprising England are now no1 now when they have the most advanced technical team ever seen in the game

  • Gizza on August 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @ drs_flawed_technology, by all means embrace all forms of cricket but you're very wrong when you say people these days don't have time. People have FAR more time these days than in the past. People have more money and are less busy than 50 years ago. Why do you think Facebook, Twitter, games on iPhones and Android Phones and even ESPNCricinfo are so popular? If you spend 8 hours a day on the internet a day every day like so many do then you have plenty of spare time and can easily watch and entire Test match not just part of it. What may be more accurate to say is that people are becoming lazy and are no longer patient but nobody can even provide evidence of that happening. And lastly it is ironic a person not in favour of the DRS is implying that Test fans are sporting luddites.

  • TATTUs on August 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    10 years since the first T20 match, is this news? Yes Hayens was a pretty good player. But someone backing T20 after 4 or 5 seasons of IPL is not a news. OK, anyways its his opinion and should be respected. But one statement or opinion to be published exclusively as a story on cricinfo? Is ESPN cricinfo going the ESPN soccernet way? Take some obscure statement and make a story out of that headline? Cricinfo has a standard, please maintain it.

    P.S : I have absolutely nothing against Hayens.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    well said man. Most of the old aged cricketters are the few who cannot tolerate the t20 growth. I dont why they are complaining t20, in the name test cricket is soul, pure, real cricket blah blah blah. WI, NZ, BAN and most other countries are not financially wealth, t20 provides opportunity and wealth. It also have capability to appeal to new nations and will have great impact in world cricket. Every thing is evolution, cricket cannot escape. In fast phased world everything changed, people dont have time to watch 5 day cricket. Test cricket dying (now) slowly, world cricket will flourish in the form of t20 after death of test cricket. Enjoy the form and nature t20, accept the demand and changes 'test' fans.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 14, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    well said man. Most of the old aged cricketters are the few who cannot tolerate the t20 growth. I dont why they are complaining t20, in the name test cricket is soul, pure, real cricket blah blah blah. WI, NZ, BAN and most other countries are not financially wealth, t20 provides opportunity and wealth. It also have capability to appeal to new nations and will have great impact in world cricket. Every thing is evolution, cricket cannot escape. In fast phased world everything changed, people dont have time to watch 5 day cricket. Test cricket dying (now) slowly, world cricket will flourish in the form of t20 after death of test cricket. Enjoy the form and nature t20, accept the demand and changes 'test' fans.

  • TATTUs on August 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    10 years since the first T20 match, is this news? Yes Hayens was a pretty good player. But someone backing T20 after 4 or 5 seasons of IPL is not a news. OK, anyways its his opinion and should be respected. But one statement or opinion to be published exclusively as a story on cricinfo? Is ESPN cricinfo going the ESPN soccernet way? Take some obscure statement and make a story out of that headline? Cricinfo has a standard, please maintain it.

    P.S : I have absolutely nothing against Hayens.

  • Gizza on August 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @ drs_flawed_technology, by all means embrace all forms of cricket but you're very wrong when you say people these days don't have time. People have FAR more time these days than in the past. People have more money and are less busy than 50 years ago. Why do you think Facebook, Twitter, games on iPhones and Android Phones and even ESPNCricinfo are so popular? If you spend 8 hours a day on the internet a day every day like so many do then you have plenty of spare time and can easily watch and entire Test match not just part of it. What may be more accurate to say is that people are becoming lazy and are no longer patient but nobody can even provide evidence of that happening. And lastly it is ironic a person not in favour of the DRS is implying that Test fans are sporting luddites.

  • BRUTALANALYST on August 14, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    I remember a couple yrs back how Joel Garner was saying England and Australia milked the team of the 80's with extended tours to pack out stadiums yet W.I cricket never saw any of that money. It's clear how the longer format of the game has now became more and more technical and W.I have fallen behind, English often comment on this yet it's hardly surprising when the facilities are almost none existent or laggin far behind on most islands. After that Viv Richards Test when pitch failed you'd think ICC would of stepped in but they didn't, bottom line economics is everything and hopefully with this CPL W.I cricket will not have to rely on handouts and start being able to develop decent facilities to help nurture the talent that's always there (W.I always do well in U19 WC) so it shows it is this nurturing technical side that is now so important in d game which W.I lacks. Also hardly surprising England are now no1 now when they have the most advanced technical team ever seen in the game

  • on August 14, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @wrs_flawed_technology I just want to comment that NZ's problem from what I've seen is not the amount of money they put into the game. It is actually two things,

    1) We are predominantly a Rugby playing nation, hence cricket doesn't get the same support.

    2) We have a terrible academy that ruins what form and technique our players get from our domestic competition. Most batsmen of ours (par the likes of Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill) have been dropped after a few matches because they come into the Black Caps having made great scores just to be told that their technique is wrong. They use this new technique and go for low scores and get dropped. I think Matthew Sinclair probably was the best example of this, a player who could have been NZ's best batsmen at one point but was continually forced to change his game method every time he got into the team.

  • StevieS on August 14, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    I know there are a lot of 20/20 knockers around these parts and I myself prefer to watch a test match over a 20/20 but I can honestly say that 20/20 is the best thing that has ever happened to cricket. Like Mr Haynes say it gives people a future, this maybe not so important in countries like India, England and Australia where players still get good money playing for their country but in countries like NZ, Sri Lanka and WI it is a god sent, especially in New Zealand where kids like a young Jeff Wilson may now pick cricket over rugby.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 14, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    @Gizza.Twitter, facebook, android are famous but are not because of cricket. you can follow scores lively but it doesnot mean people loved test cricket as "that" much. I mean, people who comes in masses to watch test cricket and through telivision. In subcontinent test cricket almost dead, may be "day-night test" can save "test cricket". Well, how could icc introduce (test) cricket to new nations? But as a t20, it can!. What i am implying is, t20 nature is attracting dont put obstacles in the name of "test cricket". It will benefit world cricket. Finally, i m not against DRS or tech, But i m against FLAWED TECHNOLOGY. Nothing 100% fool proof, but current DRS technology is no where near to 98% atleast, if not 99% and 99.5%.

  • gsingh7 on August 14, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    so well said . no one have the spare time to watch 5 day boorish tests and it ends in drab draws mostly. t20 is the future of cricket and sooner all nations accept this fact ,better for the game. test cricket is on its last leg. t20 provides secure future to young cricketers of cash strapped cricket boards of wi, bangladesh , sl,zimbabwe and pakistan. t20 is the the present and future of the game , big bash,ipl should testify it

  • Testcricfan on August 14, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST: Agree on most parts of your comments. In modern sport, Money determines the power both on and off the field. WI, when they ruled the cricketing world on the field, failed to assert themselves off the pitch and did not get the money needed to improve Infrastructure and to put in place structures to ensure they stayed on top. Talent can only get you so far, exposure and confidence, two vital ingredients for sustained success are gained only with money. Even Clive Lloyd's west Indians became world beaters only after their exposure & participation in money rich (talking relatively here) WSC. Hopefully, CPL brings in the moolah for WI and they can invest it wisely back into the game. @Cricinfo: Any idea on the budget and expected revenue from CPL?

  • asim229 on August 14, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    T20 is the future of cricket and saved it and test matches were good only for 19th century.5 day test matches were the only reason many countries around the world didn't play cricket because it is too long and nobody have time to just play/watch one cricket match for the whole week. Just limit test cricket to historic series like Ashes and also ODIs should be 40 or 45 overs per side because it is too long to have 100 overs a day in ODI.