BCCI is now mentally prepared to sit back and enjoy 20/20.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India finally
agreed to enter the 20/20 era, albeit dragged in by
the ICC kicking and screaming.
The BCCI recently
announced that they would be introducing the format in
the current season with the inaugural tournament
schedule for April 2007.
A major reason for this is
the inaugural 20/20 World Cup scheduled to be held in
South Africa in September next year. The BCCI was
overwhelmingly out-voted at the ICC when it opposed
Incidentally, India's women cricketers the other day
had their first taste of 20/20 international cricket
when they thrashed England by 8 wickets.
team has yet to make its international debut.
It has already been a huge hit in England, Pakistan,
South Africa and the West Indies. It has though its
critics both among current and former players. Navjot
Singh Sidhu refers to it as 'underwear cricket' and
Harbhajan Singh claims bowlers will be massacred.
The Indian domestic scene though needs a major revamp.
Three and four-day matches hardly attract a handful of
spectators, not even the Ranji Trophy final.
Is 20/20 therefore the answer to the lack of interest
in Indian domestic cricket? And will the format prove
to be a hit in India?
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