Those busy bodies at the ICL have taken another big step in the direction of a challenge to the ICC itself, not just the BCCI. As Soulberry puts it:
So there are three international teams so far in the ICL - India,
Pakistan and BD. New Zealand and Sri Lanka cannot be far away and it
must be a cinch to whip up an Australian or Saffer team - there are so
many players in those ranks who are "out of the loop" so to speak.
Can't be long before all teams are represented, now that counties and
countries (1st world only at the moment) may not have problems fielding
ICL players...they may have problems fielding IPL players instead! Kapil tells us why - ICL plays better cricket and IPL plays better marketing.
Ottayan talks about the BCB's attempt to rein the players back in. And Samir Chopra claims it's all a miscommunication exercise. Here's Sandeep Patil's column on cricketnext:
players who come from Bangladesh bring a whiff of fresh air to the
ICL's campaign. They have strengthened our resolve to provide better
facilities and opportunities to those who have been denied. And this
number is only increasing and it is time the ICC and the BCCI took
notice of it.
ICL would only mean support to cricketers because we are only
concentrating on creating the infrastructure and competitions for young
players. We are not competing with the IPL or the BCCI. We have our
targets and have set benchmarks in terms of quality entertainment. By
denying us the authorities in turn are only denying the young players.
Finally, on a different note, here's Judhajit Basu on TV viewership across the different forms of cricket. No big surprises (excepting perhaps that the IPL beat the Twenty20 World Cup):
Rohit Gupta, SET India president for network sales, licensing and
telephony, says Twenty20 is a powerful format. "The audience
involvement is three-and-a-half hours compared to eight hours for a
one-dayer," Gupta told Cricinfo. "Though an over-exposed format,
Twenty20 offers huge excitement, which means the youth and females get
involved in large numbers. Understandably, viewership for Test cricket
and ODIs has dipped when we talk in relative terms. Hopefully, the
concerned authorities will take note of this trend and work on the
one-day format in the near future."
While ESS said "it was too premature to comment",
industry insiders believe the superhuman success of Twenty20 has
resulted in the others taking a beating. "It's a temporary state of
affairs and that if the hypothesis persisted for two years, it would
certainly a matter of concern. However, I believe one good Test series,
especially with the upcoming tour by Australia, will change the picture
completely," said a source.
My apologies for the lack on posts recently!