why is the modern game played so incredibly slowly and why has it been allowed to happen?
Other sports are generally played much faster, whereas cricket has slowed considerably.
I think many people would be shocked if they could see games of football and cricket of a hundred years ago. The football would look like a joke with people strolling slowly about compared to the non-stop running of modern football, whereas the cricketers of that time would appear to be on drugs to modern eyes they way they must have hurried back to their mark in order to continue the game.
Over rates of 20 were common even 25 were often achieved. More than a few games would have seen long passages of play with more runs scored per hour than you get in an hour of T20 today. No wonder they didnt need that crap back then.