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    20/20 the future of Cricket????

    From the foxports website

    Twenty20 'the future of cricket'
    By Jon Pierik
    September 17, 2007 FORMER England captain Mike Atherton has made the shock claim that an insatiable appetite for Twenty20 may make Test and 50-overs cricket redundant.

    As the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa gets a tick of approval from the world's top players and harsh judges such as Ian Chappell, Atherton has predicted this may mean the game's two main formats could soon be pushed out the door.

    He said the launch of a Twenty20 Champions series between teams from Australia, South Africa, England and India last week,, along with India's own new domestic tournament, showed cricket officials felt the new bite-sized formula had a big future.

    "While all eyes have focused on South Africa, there were two developments elsewhere which suggest that eventually Twenty20 cricket could well become the dominant form of the game," Atherton said.

    "I'd certainly lay a large wager that eventually 50-over cricket will be rendered extinct.

    "So far, the first Twenty20 global competition has been everything that the World Cup in the Caribbean was not. With spectators seemingly having riotous fun and the winners to be revealed

    "in just over a week's time, it has looked like an event to be enjoyed rather than a marathon to be endured."

    While officials are keen to push Twenty20 as a way of attracting greater interest in the game, the money on offer from television is clearly also a huge incentive.

    The Champions series, featuring the best two teams from each of the four nations, will compete for about $7 million in Abu Dhabi or Dubai next October.

    The tournament was hastily arranged to counter the rebel Indian Cricket League, which tried to lure stars such as Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Stephen Fleming.

    The trio have now signed with the official Indian Premier League.

    Atherton, writing in London's Sunday Telegraph, said that Twenty20 should have been played only at domestic level.

    "Now that Twenty20 has spread to the international arena, its effects could be more wide-ranging than either I, or, I suspect, its creators would wish," he said.

    "It is hard to see a future for 50-over cricket and if, like me, you still love the slower rhythm and twists of Test cricket, you might fear for that as well.

    "The very essence of the game is a contest between batsmen and bowlers, bat and ball. Twenty20 is the equivalent of the gas chamber for a bowler. If the game's future evolves entirely around Twenty20, why would any young, talented cricketer want to become one?"

    Chappell, also in South Africa as a TV commentator, said the World Twenty20 had even "captured the imagination" of fans with a traditional cricket background.

    "How the future of the format (Twenty20) is planned could decide whether cricket really does become a global game or just a relic of the past," he said.


    I hope the future of test and one day cricket arent seriously threatened by 20/20, sure its entertaining and a bit of fun but not very serious. I think some people considered it the cricket version of rugby 7's in another thread?? I like going down to the WACA for the day............plenty of time to sit back relax and drink beers.

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    I seem to recall from the dim dark reaches of my youth something similar being said about One Dayers v Test Cricket too?
    I can't see Test Cricket ever dying, there is too much history and tradition tied up in it which is passed down amongst players and fans from the earliest ages.

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    i love my test cricket, and i do agree too much tradition to be lost. i think their more worried about no one turning up to test/one day cricket if there is an excess of 20/20 cricket

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    No - 20/20 is the begining of the end IMHO

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    i hope not :p

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    i love 20/20 cricket but i also like one dayers and the traditional test match too so hopefully a balance can be reached between all 3

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    thats pretty much, whilst i like the 20/20 stuff i also like the other forms of the game. Hopefully a balance will be found, i like the idea of a 20/20 international being played at the start or the end of a tour, a bit of light hearted entertainment. i dont want to see too much of 20/20 because it WILL dimish the other forms of the game, some people call it boring but i love a test match (especially when i head down to the WACA on day 1)

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    I'm a bit frustrated with the 20twenty format. It just never really seems to get going and it's all over before you know it.

    I will still always favour tests probably because I believe the more cricket the better! And the teams have to work hard over a longer period of time to post a good total and take some good wickets to stay in the game. In 20twenty you can just have a dodgy couple of overs and then it is all over for you!

    But in saying that I'm really happy there is cricket on because I'll take it anyway I can get it. I'm just a bit of a conservative I guess.

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    no type of cricket will be under threat because it is all about the money for the bosses.

    20/20s go for a few hours and you buy 1 ticket for it.

    tests matches go for 4/5 days which makes 4x more ticket money and also alot more tv rights money theyre is no chance of it dying out.



    i cant see any type of cricket dying out i can only see it getting bigger with the new 20/20 games.

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    I like test matches. 1 day is OK. 20/20 doesn't interest me in the least.
    Perhaps 20/20 has its market.

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