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Cricketers -From Gentlemen to Beautiful-Men

The game of cricket sits at the cusp of changing from a lazy colonial type, day long sport…. to a modern day high octane commercially driven sport.  Like transition phases in other sectors of life and society; cricket too will see a difficult turnaround period (presently faced). Despite the present day turmoil, I am confident that commercially interest, humongous support & consumer base will see the game through; well into the next decade. The final analysis of the story however is that cricket will follow the football way. The gentleman’s game will take a step forward (hope it turns that way instead of regressive commercialization) to coming close to the beautiful game. I know I may disappoint cricket connoisseurs and a large fan base with the future trajectory the game of cricket we all love so much. But that is another topic altogether. Through this article my aim is to draw a parallel between these two wonderful games and see how the new cricketing world would look; when club and franchisee take precedence over boards and bilateral cricket series. I personally believe that the international test cricket itinerary should confine to an Ashes series and a Asian test championship between Indian, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. If Bangladesh progress in the skills department they would be the fourth inclusion in the Asian test championship. South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies will have to find a market of their own. I feel sorry for South Africa as it is a strong test nation but the only solution for the protease, kiwis and Caribbean cricket centers would be to fall back upon their colonial motherland England and look for a series called a Greater Ashes; where they can fight for the Holy Grail along with England and Australia. I believe that the players of the near future will be freelance cricketers. Their agents will manage their careers. Official cricket boards like old world institutions will perish and will pass on the power to franchisees and the corporate world. Majority cricket will involve club cricket ( read IPL, ICL, T20 offshoots in other cricket nations) and will be played in the T20 format. The cricket world in the next three years will look similar to the present day soccer world.

Below are my “cricket- soccer” parallels. I look forward to your feedback and would love to know what you the true aficionado and expert of the game feel about the same

 

  1. India – the financial power center of world cricket -will look similar to present day England in the soccer world.
  2. Australia- The most talented cricket land. Similar to what Brazil is to the soccer World.
  3. Pakistan- Mercurial and unpredictable and will produce logic defying world class talents. Similar to Argentina in Soccer.
  4. South Africa. Clinical, methodological and an assembly line of top notch players. Similar to Germany in Soccer.
  5. Sri- Lanka. Enterprising, rich history and effervescent talent. Close geographical location to India makes them parallel to Spain in soccer. Sri Lanka has the opportunity to tap the resources of ICL& Ten Sports (Zee group) to form a parallel cricket’s Premiere le ga. Why Sri- Lanka? Also because of the new found peace and geo political situation in the beautiful island country.
  6. New Zealand. Parallel in soccer is a top notch eastern European country (Czech- republic, Serbia, Croatia- lacking flair but producing an assembly line of disciplined sportsmen of international level.
  7. England – the mother nation of cricket. Soccer parallel reads Italy. The English county will be the Seria-A of Cricket. Never quite achieving the dynamism of IPL (EPL-English premiere league) or ICL (Premiere le liga – Spanish soccer)
  8. West Indies. Their parallel will be South American or African football nations like Mexico, Nigeria, Cameroon or Colombia. Natural flair and aggressive players.

 

So how does the future of the cricketing world look to you? Look forward to your comments. The only sad part it is the obituary of the most powerful brand of world cricket “team India “& “Men in blue”. Don’t know however if I would miss the dinosaurs BCCI!!!!!!

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Nine world cups down -1983 remains the special one

The global cricket fraternity has witnessed nine world cups but none has been as fascinating as the prudential world cup held during the summer world cup of 1983. The fact that it changed the financial ramifications and added whole new dynamics to the game is least said about that magnificent triumph by the Indian cricket team of 1983.the game was propelled to a whole new level both for administrators of the game and its players. The most spectacular swansong for any sporting discipline is the triumph of an under dog against all odds & this fairytale was never scripted better than by Kapil’s Devils who triumphed against all odds to pick up the prudential world cup of 1983. The world and the game have moved 25 years since that magnificent date of 25th June 1983. The ICC itself has organized 6 world cups since that Indian triumph, but the 83 triumph remains special in more ways than one. It took the game to a completely new pedestal in the Sub continent. Cricket players could now take their game to a new level with the game becoming a viable professional career, the social status of the cricketers was propelled to a demi god status and inspired a whole new generation to take up the game.
it is important for the authorities governing the game in the country to recognize that if its finest champion cricketer had not achieved the impossible on an English summer day in 1983 then they would not have been able to achieve all the success they have had in all these years.
Looking forward I am however surprised that Indian cricket has not been able to repeat its 1983 success; especially looking at the huge support the game receives in this nick of the woods and the large player base in its possession. If one has to point a finger at this under achievement then it has to be the state of its domestic cricket structure. I believe that this is an area that it needs to worked on so that it can produce an assemble line of top quality players who are ready to play for India when the need arises. The answer lies in league cricket; the latest phenomenon to strike the world of cricket. League cricket should work as talent identification platform; ICL & IPL operating from India should be viewed as the grass root structure to produce the player backup for the national Indian team. Looking at the large player base in India it is imperative that India needs more than one league and its resources to attain the above objective. Therefore the true cricket fan has to lay equal importance to both the leagues and its players & evaluate the success objectively.

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