With shorter versions
of the game gaining popularity among spectators, sponsors and players as
well, the ICC is mulling over restricting Test matches to just four
days. Abhijit Chatterjee analyses the reasons
phenomenal success of Twenty20 cricket and the IPL may have
proved a shot in the arm of many cricket boards but this success has
also sounded the death knell for the Test cricket if the rethink going
on in the International Cricket Council (ICC) on the future of Test
cricket is anything to go by.
| India play against Australia to an empty house during a Test match
at the PCA stadium in Mohali — A file photo
in the dumps
Not only Test Cricket but the
domestic cricket is in doldrums as well. The BCCI cancelled the Mushtaq
Ali Trophy last season because of a crowded cricket schedule. It may do
the same to the Deodhar Trophy this year for the same reason
as the ICC is contemplating to change the way Test cricket is
played, nearer home the BCCI has gone as far as suggesting to scrap
national-level tournaments in its effort to mop up more and more money.
Therefore, it is the IPL, which is getting precedence in the BCCI’s
scheme of things and not domestic tournaments, the only arena where
fresh talent could showcase their talent at the national level.
the streets of Sharm-el-Sheikh
Smita Prakash retraces the
footsteps of her father in Egypt’s Sharm-el-Sheikh where he was posted
with the United Nations Emergency Force 48 years ago
part of the media team accompanying the Prime Minister to Egypt
to take part in the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit meet, I
can’t help but feel a sense of anxiety.