How is T20 affecting cricket?

Cricket's newest format has brought new fans to the game but has offended the sensibilities of several existing ones. We want to know what you think of T20
January 2, 2014


What sort of T20s do you like to watch?
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Nearly every country has a franchise-based T20 league today, though not all of them are profit-making like the IPL.


How should T20s be scheduled?
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During a discussion at the 2013 Bradman Oration, former Australia batsman Greg Chappell said: "The modern cricketer is challenged more than any other generation before with the different formats and the adaptability required to go across the formats. It is a real challenge for young cricketers to try to develop their game to be chopping and changing so much and playing so much T20 cricket early on."


Does T20 adversely affect young players' techniques?
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The term "freelance cricketer" has come into vogue in the last few years, with domestic leagues around the world offering more attractive options than what a contract with a national board gives a player.


Are domestic T20 leagues around the world a threat to international cricket?
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In the ten years since T20 first made its entry, we have seen the birth of a million-dollar league that has changed the dynamics of traditional cricket, four very successful World Twenty20s, and a host of innovations in batting and bowling techniques.


Is it fair to say T20 has done more damage to the game than good?
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Posted by Android on (January 2, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

most of the excricketer r thinking about the future of test cricket because their cricket history are defending around test cricket.they feel jealous the popularity of t20 and oneday cricket.they dont try to understand the peoples and viewers demand..they dislike the oneday and t20 creicket.threre is lot of crowd in oneday and t20 but test without viewers as well as no result come out within 5 days in test.its unfavourablre true that there r three format in one game.i think test cricket should cut out from cricket if we want popularity with foot ball.i know nobody agree with me but it is true that test game is the way of dustbin .famous excricketer r trying to catching the test format like superglue.test cricket damage mean their cricket carier history is damage.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 2, 2014, 21:41 GMT)

I don't know if anyone will agree or not but I will say it anyways. Scrap ODI World Cup completely. Bring back CT. It should be played upon rating. Top 8 should play CT. It should be held after every 4 years (like the World Cup). There should be a cut off date. Top 8 teams on the date will go on to play CT. There should be tri or four nation series once in a while but no bilateral series for ODIs. When there is a bilateral series of test matches, three T20Is can be included for the series. Then there is World Cup T20. There should be 16-20 teams but each and every team has to qualify irrespective of the rankings. This will give us unexpected teams in the tournament. Imagine Afghanistan qualifying yet Australia failing.

Posted by Dolly on (January 2, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

T20 cricket will eventually kill Test cricket and damage T50 ODI. Because of nature of T20 players will opt to play it even for few seasons just to make enough money and they will leave it or T20 will leave them for younger players with better eyesight, fitness and co-ordination. Good cricketing skills in batting and bowling will be lost .Just look at the T20 champions West Indies and the effect. They cannot field a proper Test side or ODI side. Ironic that WI cannot produce a good fast bowler and are playing 3 spinners and 3 wicketkeepers in a match at same time. Players will ensure they are fit for IPL and will say to hell with other cricket.If they can add big bash, or any other T20 tournament then that will be bonus. What wil end up is the same group of players going from country to country like circus. Sad for game of cricket .IPL has killed "cricket" and made a new game resembling baseball.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 2, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

T20 has caused young players to lose vital skills of batting. It doesn't take any skill to swing the bat hard and hoping it goes for a boundary. The T20 franchise might as well hire MLB players to hit the ball hard. How often do test squads score over 450 or 500 runs. Before T20 existed, big test runs were more common to see, but now it rarely even seen. I do agree that it easier to watch compared to test, but great batsmen don't come from playing in a childish way. What cricket players playing for? Money? Fame? Representing their country? International cricketers should avoid playing in T20, so they can develop skills that would make them a great batsmen.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 2, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

I don't think that T20's has affected the overall cricket. This year without a doubt has pulled off some brilliant, nail-biting T20's. My uncle wasn't a fan of cricket but after watching some thrilling T20 matches, he wakes up at 4AM to watch The Ashes. So the T20's has had it's given perks as well! When it comes to the technique of players that have been damaged, than I'd strongly disagree to that. A good batsmen can always adapt to the game. Take Ab De Velliers and Kohli, they both have been terrific in all of the formats, they know how, when and where to score.

So I'd support the idea of playing T20's, maybe two of them when you began or end the tour, it's always refreshing to enjoy the big hitting games once in a while with a couple of beers!

Posted by orsca on (January 2, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

T-20 should be limited to the countries and one in every international tournament and the world t-20. I.P.L. is the worst thing for cricket, especially hosted by India.

Posted by wayne on (January 2, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

I'd much prefer to see T20s as a club-only format, but that's pretty unlikely to happen. More of a concern for me is that with the incredible glut of T20 games, the priority they take, and the imbalance between bat and ball means that even if you were to win a bajillion fans to cricket with T20, most of them simply won't understand the rules, language, or subtlety of Test cricket, nor be able to deal with the pace of a game that lasts for 5 days (and may not have a clear winner).Cricket's gained ground on other sports in terms of viewership (and has potential to crack the USA via a large ex-pat south Asian population), but they're T20 fans, not Test fans, and you're still stuck with the same issue: declining interest in Tests from fans, players, and administrators.

Posted by Hey on (January 2, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

T20s is a good way to advertise cricket as a whole. However it also makes cricket look like just a bat game which is pretty much baseball then. There is no reason why t20s can't be played on slow/spinning wickets or bouncy/fast that tests are played on as its still much more nailbiting

Posted by Hey on (January 2, 2014, 14:43 GMT)

T20s is a good form of entertainment but when Boards prefer T20s to ODis[which is basically just a longer form of T20 now] or Tests, it isn't good. T20s should always be kept to 2 and there should always be 3 test series'. There should be a league where the top 8 test teams play in too.

Posted by ESPN on (January 2, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

Every coin has two sides. T20 does bring about a lot of goods and bads. But it's upto ICC that the glory of Test cricket is not lost because of T20. There has to be a limit to which number of T20s being played. Making T20 allowable only for a 3 test series would be a good notch.

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