As a fan I couldn't care less. If I was a player then I would love it. If I was an administrator then I would hate it.
Just depends what hat you are wearing. I'm all for pros bilking as much money as possible for what, IMO, is a pointless exercise
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It's not for me, I will watch it, am now, because I'll watch any cricket on the box. Even Womens FFS.
Yet, I think this is a very poor version of it. I like t20 as well. Yet the Indian bowlers are often what let it down, there's so few I want to watch.
You look at this match being played now, how many of Pune bowlers are remotely interesting to watch.
Dale Steyn the only one on view in this match. Most bowling is just turgid spoiler stuff, IMHO.
Ishant Sharma and Ashok Dinda are not something I want to see in a world-wide Top-Class competition.
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Personally, I agree with you, but what if the future of cricket is T20 and not Test matches?
Over my lifetime I've watched the popularity of Test cricket wane and ODIs and T20 evolve as a result.
At this stage I think the first priority is for cricket to be able to compete well against other sports for young talent.
At the end of the day the sport watching public will decide what they want to watch and therefore what direction the sport develops in.
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I think it's important to remember you're watching a domestic tournament, not the World T20 v2.
Yet the IPL is not marketed as just another domestic league, is it?
Mind you, I've rather forgotten my main bloody dislike of the thing, it's too bloody long. Which I don't think helps in the intensity for players and watchers.
I would also like all domestic one-day stuff to be a lot shorter, but that's not going to happen.
Dale was fired up for this match, and that was fun, doubt he will be for that many other matches.
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There's been a lot of comment on players like Broad, Anderson, or even Bopara or Patel "prioritising their country over money" or some such by not going to the IPL - but it seems more likely to me that the Test side is where the real money is after all.
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I get a feeling Cook is on more than 400k a year could be wrong but I remember the wages been mentioned in AOC or the Cricketer a few issues back.
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