"Cricket- From a Gentlemen's Game to the Strongest Man's Game"
This article is written by a cricket fanatic who loved the way this wonderful game was played in the green soil.The subtle art of batsman ship which had a lot of class with it on par with that of a craftsman.But now after the advent of many T20 tournaments this art has become more of muscle power than of skill.
Nowadays, cricket has become something close to an action packed movie for three hours.People liked shorter version but those marketers have exploited the love of cricket and made this game as short as twenty overs with same rules and regulations.The batsman now is close to a wrestler waiting to hit the ball into space.When the ball reaches space, if the batsman is muscular enough it goes and hits the crowd else it sits handsomely into the fielder's hands.The bowlers who were once fearsome in cricket are now the guys who fear the most and who strain their necks more than their shoulders :P (looking back at the ball hit over their head). Cricket also has some music and dance to fill the breaks.
The primary reason why marketers and advertisers run behind this game called Cricket is not that they love the game.Its because in no other popular game take for example football,hockey,formula one racing etc., you can't fit in more advertisements as you can do with cricket.Virtually, if you want to popularize something new among masses, Cricket is the way those those follow.I do agree that sponsors are important but the concept of the game must never be sacrificed for the sake of advertisement.
I don't want to remove T20 concept completely away from cricketing circles.What I want is to reduce the amount of tournaments supporting this concept of cricket at the mercy of the sponsors.seeing a T20 match on television has reached an overdose among people and its high time people get resistant for the Love of Cricket.The concept of Sports and entertainment should not be mixed and both are suppose to go on a parallel track not together.