I just read this:
Sport - Error
And I feel I share the views of many that have commented there but would like to add my own.
The fact is that the ICC are killing the game and thier support base. By dividing the game they have divided the fan base too and in turn have given the world too much cricket for it's own good.
I would like to start by saying that if test cricket dies, then my support for any other format will die too. I have abs. no interest in the 20 over game and have at times found the 50 over format boring although it was the reason I became a fan.
India themselves can also be held responsible for the recent decline in live support in South Africa by bringing the IPl here. There has simply been too much cricket in SA over the last year and most of it has been pointless with no reason to support a team that I know nothing about (with the IPL) and even more with the champion league format.
In over 20 years of following the game, I have never once had any interest in following any other county/provincial comperitions other than the ones from my home land so why on earth would I start now?
In short there are a billion people in India and almost ALL of them lover cricket, whereas in my country we have below 50 million people of which a few love cricket. Of these few, there are some that love test cricket and others who love the baseball format that came along with it. The 20 over and 50 over format continue to bring new fans to the game who have little to no respect of the hisory and vry littl understanding of the rules. These shorter formats also bring unwelcome changes to the game that make it severely unbalanced and push people like me who love the original format away.
There is no doubt that this series was cancelled due to tv ratings that are pushed up by people who love the modern game and it is little wonder why there are so many of them as the game has been made into one that appeals to these quick fix cricket junkies that love to see sixes and fours.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that surely crickt has no future if it continues to draw fans that have little respect to it, son't understand it and if it keeps changing.