I must admit that I was a Twenty20 sceptic when it first hit the scenes.
Now, after a week-and-a-half of non-stop T20 action, I am asking a fundamental question about the future place of one day international cricket (ODI). Is the future of ODIs secure?
I personally do not see a need for ODIs anymore. What’s the point? Why don’t we just have T20 games for the slam-bang-fun and have Test matches for the purists? The ODI product does not add anything substantially different to what the Twenty20 game provides.
Cricket has always wanted a product that it could take to Europe and America. Cricket always wanted a product that it could take to the IOC and, through it, to the Olympic games.
T20 is it! The T20 game is over in 3 hours.
There is the adrenaline rush. The game is over before you have had a chance to settle down in your seat and have a meat pie and a can of coke. There are heaps of opportunities for the advertisers to parade their products. It also allows plenty of opportunities for a DJ and scantily clad men/women to demonstrate their assets as well as their musical/dancing abilities! And it is entertaining too. It is an ODI game without the needless drudgery of overs 15 to 45!
I think that the ODI game has reached its use-by-date and should be phased out over a 1 year period.
Am I alone in feeling this way?