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    I personally like it and for a country like mine (New Zealand) it gives young players an insentive to stick to cricket instead of choosing rugby over cricket which happens quite a lot.

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    Personally I find all T20 instantly forgetable.

    I umpire a reasonable amount of school/age group cricket in England and don't, as yet, see many adopting swish and giggle batting techniques - the same in senior cricket.

    It's a fad, and like all fads will fimd its proper interest level at times - it might already have done so in England where the packed houses of a few years back are rather rarer..

    The hype of the IPL makes it, if anything, less watchable - I wouldn't be surprised if before too long it becomes less glamourous and the peripheral non cricketing stars fade away along with some of the dubious characters inb=volved in the funding of it.

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    Honestly, I like T20s, but in a very different way to test matches. I get to watch many players who I otherwise don't have the time to see playing, that too in an environment in which they are relaxed and having fun. Watching Sachin, Ponting and Murali together was a treat.

    If it is a question of just IPL, then I think within the context of T20 domestic leagues, IPL is the most relevant/important because it provides the highest financial incentives to the players (which is the main reason the format is played anyway). I think they should make a sort of World Series in the IPL with no restrictions on the number of foreign players in a team, and with a division 2 championship from which 2 best teams are promoted up each year at the expense of the lowest 2 teams from division 1 (basically the club football model). Would actually make the whole think more sustainable as the years go by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harsh.skm View Post
    Honestly, I like T20s, but in a very different way to test matches. I get to watch many players who I otherwise don't have the time to see playing, that too in an environment in which they are relaxed and having fun.
    Exactly this


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    It's sport. The value of any sport is only you assign it. Is IPL required - is the same question as asking if Test cricket is required? No. But it's here.

    If I was a player, and good enough to get a contract and I was from WI/NZ/SL, I'd love the IPL and would think about playing that over playing Tests. Players in those countries don't make anything, and being a professional cricketer hardly gives you too many marketable skills - you're over the hill just as your friends are hitting their career strides. And up until recently, it's not like you made a lot more money than them to make up for it. Suicide rates and poverty rates, historically, have been very high amongst professional cricketers.

    So yea, I think it's a fantastic thing. But as a fan, I don't like watching it, and I don't generally follow it unless I want to see something specific. I think in the past three years, I might have watched a total of 15 overs of IPL. But hey, if you're a fan, and you like it, all the more power to you. It's like any other sport - it's personal preference.
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    Tbh I think SS got murdered and replaced by a bot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Viscount Tom View Post
    Tbh I think SS got murdered and replaced by a bot.
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    The Big Bash League and its predecessor, the KFC T20 Big Bash, promoted local Australian players and provided an explosive roster for Australia in T20s. England, the home of T20, have plenty of T20 players who can win games, including the World T20 tournament. Even Sri Lanka's and Bangladesh's Premierships give plenty of opportunities.

    On the other hand, we barely find Indians in the frontlines in IPL teams. Teams such as Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and Punjab stuff their top four with overseas players. Some teams have two overseas players as strike bowlers. With very little opportunities for Indian players, they get very limited chances to grow, and when India field T20I XIs, they are found so hopelessly inept, the lack of opportunities in the IPL show. While the likes of Gayle, Hodge and Wright effortlessly play the big shots and run hard, Indians get out playing million-dollar shots and running too hard. Their bowlers have no clue about how to face T20 stalwarts. We find T20 misfits such as Manoj Tiwary actually fielded in T20I matches!

    The IPL will regain its relevance only when the number of overseas players is reduced, in each squad and the playing XI. Why should Indian teams depend so much on overseas players, unlike their Aussie or English counterparts? I want my country's premier T20 league to unearth an Indian Luke Wright, Brad Hodge, Dirk Nannes and Azhar Mahmood.
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    England will probably let you keep Luke Wright if you ask nicely tbh.
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    Meh to IPL. It doesn't bother me and I think it has its place in the game as it could be a good seller to another, less patient generation, but I just generally ignore cricket at this part of the year due to the fact I just find it so tacky and gimmicky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    England will probably let you keep Luke Wright if you ask nicely tbh.
    I tried that in another thread a few years ago. They wouldn't let go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
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    Is IPL required? Hell yeah,

    just ask the players if you don't agree
    or the indian public
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