As an avid cricket observer I’ve noticed something very peculiar during the Big Bash League and at the T20 international played in Hobart – the crowd is becoming bored during the shortest version of the game. On numerous occasions as the camera sweeps the crowd, live viewers can be seen arms crossed, looking at mobile phones, disinterested in what is supposed to be cricket’s most entertaining format. This concerning behaviour can be largely attributed to the increasing predictability of the short-form game and lack of balance between bat and ball. Bowler runs in, bowler gets hit for four or six. And so it continues, ball after ball. The bowler, one half of the cricketing contest that has engaged us all for so long, is being reduced to a mere servant as the rules of short-form cricket continue to favour the batsmen. Most wickets taken in short-form cricket nowadays are taken purely because of batsman error, not because of bowling brilliance or an uneven wicket. I’m not sure the latter even exist anymore. Bowlers must grimace as they see the roads prepared for their slaughter as they travel around the world. Even the two new balls brought in to assist the… Read full this story
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