Saturday, September 8, 2012

What needs to change in cricket to engage me

As an Australian my cultural heritage was embedded heavily in cricket - through many hours of listening to, watching, playing, supporting and discussing. I have now lost interest in the game - well more specifically test cricket, one dayers and now 20 20.

  • Test cricket is just out of touch.
  • One day games are too long and take too long to get engagement. Simply putting, I cannot dedicate one day to watch a game. 
  • 20 20 is slightly better but my interest falls from one 20 to the next 20 session. It is like reading two books one after the other. It is not a game it is two games connected by a score.

Get rid of test cricket. It is too centred on the players, ex players and a hand full of die-hards. It is tedious, there are too many non event draws and is biased by climatic conditions. Borrrrring

One day games just take too long. There are better things to do with a TV, mp3 or tablet. My day is too interesting to waste on one game.

20 20 is half way there. For it to become interesting and attract my attention it requires the following.

  1. A batting team and a bowling fielding team - why does the climax of a game rest on the worst batter and the best bowler? 
  2. 4 quarters are required (rather than 2 halves) - bat 10, bowl 10, bat 10, bowl 10 - this would engage me as the two teams achievements are entwined rather than separated.
  3. New ball - a new ball every 2 overs plus if it is hit into spectators let the spectators keep it. This keeps the ball alive and bright to see.  Excitement of the new ball is what is needed not a dull dead thing.
  4. No LBW - It is frustrating and there are too many wrong decisions. A wrong decision can influence who win. 20 20 is all about runs and not about wickets. The highest score wins not the most wickets. I am not interested by how many wickets. I am interested by the score.
Basically until the game becomes more spectator orientated and less player and expert orientated it will not attract my attention - other options are easier to consume and have less time baggage. I no longer go to bookshops and I no longer watch cricket. I use to love bookshops and cricket but now I can fill my day with many other activities.