Twenty20 is here to stay

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And the sooner the BCCI realize it, the better. If there was any further proof required, it came yesterday in the form of seven applications for a potential Twenty20 World Cup.

There are still those who believe that Twenty20 belittles cricket, such as Scott Wickstein of UberSportingPundit fame. I have no doubt, however, that it will serve cricket well. First of all, you have to realize that cricket, and Test cricket in particular, is notoriously hard to get in to for an outsider. This great sport doesn’t lend itself very well to the novice (bar an odd Ashes series here and there). So, ODIs and Twenty20 have to do the job of attracting young audience. I know that’s what happened to me. ODIs drew me in, and now here I am up at 1:30 am on a weekday watching an India v Eng test match.

And let’s face it: who wouldn’t wanna see Tendulkar, Sehwag and company going on all out attack (although, admittedly, Sehwag already plays in that vein)? Appetizing.

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