Is this the final ICC World Cup? Logistical blunders, apathetic perspective on the a part of council appear to counsel so

Is the ICC World Cup of 2019, now being performed in England and Wales, the final 50-over championship we’re going to see?

Is the International Cricket Council (ICC) considering of calling time on the 50-over format? Though it doesn’t appear apparent to the informal observer, there are a number of elements which level in the direction of a doable closure of the 50-over cricket saga. The ICC World Cup, as it’s performed now, might subsequently quickly grow to be a part of cricketing folklore.

Test cricket was and can at all times stay the ‘real’ cricket. In the early 60s, the restricted overs model of the sport was launched in England to usher in crowds, and with it extra funds. Soon, the shorter format turned extra well-liked than the unique recreation, and subsequently, the 60-over World Cup was launched in 1975, in England, (later modified to 50 overs to go well with different international locations) adopted by the slam-bang Twenty20 format within the new millennium.

The newest model of the sport has introduced within the lucre. T20 leagues all around the world have had large companies pouring in cash, within the type of sponsorships, thus making in a single day millionaires out of gamers and officers. With the World Test Championship slated to start in August 2019 and T20 cricket getting an increasing number of well-liked, the 50-over model has to logically make method in a cricket season that’s now chock-a-block with Tests, ODIs and T20 fixtures.

This might actually be the final time the ICC World Cup event is performed within the 50-over format. Illustration courtesy Austin Coutinho

That the ICC isn’t severe in regards to the World Cup of 2019 is obvious from the best way the occasion has been deliberate. It is a spherical robin league, with all ten groups taking part in one another earlier than 4 of the highest groups, when it comes to factors earned, progress to the semifinals. This format was final used within the 1992 World Cup event held in Australia, the place Pakistan got here again from the brink to grow to be champs. Cricket authorities are conscious of the truth that if India doesn’t make it to the ultimate rounds, there will likely be some huge cash and spectator curiosity misplaced. The ten-team spherical robin league format subsequently facilitates India’s entry into the semifinals, together with robust groups like England, Australia and possibly Pakistan. Smaller groups are there simply as cannon fodder.

An India-Pakistan encounter, for no matter causes, is at all times a money-spinner and helps tv TRPs hit the roof. If India performs Pakistan within the league after which once more within the playoffs, it solely means extra media hype and an entire lot of more cash!

The purpose worldwide sport is performed is to foster good relationships between the folks of two nations. The ‘mauka mauka’ and ‘abbu’ commercials on TV don’t appear to try this.

In reality, they heighten tensions between the 2 neighbouring nations because the gamers struggle it out, in all probability in the perfect of spirit, on the bottom. The latest ‘Abhinandan’ industrial produced by a small-time Pakistani channel, in retaliation to the ‘mauka mauka’ advertisements, has angered most Indian followers. Why can’t the ICC intervene and name day out when such insensitive strategies are utilized by the media, on both aspect, to create hype? Or, is the ICC not bothered as lengthy it makes cash?

Cricket followers are additionally aggravated with the scheduling of the World Cup event and matches, typically. The Indian crew was allowed to play its first match within the event when among the others have been taking part in their third. Is this a stage taking part in subject? What’s extra, after just a few vital matches within the league have been deserted over the previous few days, followers of the sport ask why the event couldn’t be performed in July and August.

The ICC could not reply these questions, however the causes are apparent. The Indians have been busy finishing their IPL season and wanted a break – as per authorized suggestions – earlier than they performed their first match within the World Cup. The ICC bends over backward to assist Indian cricket; cash talks! Further, the World Cup needed to be accommodated in June and July as a result of there may be an Ashes collection developing in August. The IPL is vital for the BCCI and the Ashes collection is vital for the England and Australian cricket boards; the World Cup can go to hell.

A dental surgeon pal of mine, simply again from Australia after watching the Boxing Day Test there, had advised me with a lot glee just a few months in the past that he can be watching the India-New Zealand World Cup encounter, at Taunton, on 13 June. That match was deserted with no ball being bowled, simply because the bottom didn’t have correct covers. That is how callous the ICC will be. Knowing that rain might simply disrupt matches in England, did anybody from the ICC care to verify if covers in any respect the grounds have been sufficient and that matches might resume on the earliest after a bathe? Apparently not.

And lastly, that is what takes the cake. Do you understand that the World Cup last at Lord’s will likely be performed on Sunday, 14 July? On that day, the lads’s singles finals of the Wimbledon Championships may also be performed, just a few kilometers away. Do you additionally know that the British spherical of the Formula 1 Grand Prix will likely be held that night?

I’m not a motorsport fan and subsequently wouldn’t be bothered with what is occurring at Silverstone. I’ll certainly have an interest although about what is occurring on the Centre Court at Wimbledon, even when India is taking part in within the ICC World Cup last; particularly if Roger Federer is taking part in towards Novak Djokovic.

Could the ICC have saved me the difficulty of browsing between channels now and again by checking with the Wimbledon authorities on their schedule for 2019? In reality, they needn’t have accomplished that. Every tennis fan is aware of that the Wimbledon Championships start on the Monday, six weeks earlier than the primary Monday of August. It is performed over two weeks. That’s the Wimbledon custom. But does the ICC care?

So brace yourselves, my buddies. This might actually be the final time the ICC World Cup event is performed within the 50-over format. I’ll be shocked if it isn’t!

The writer is a caricaturist and sportswriter. A former quick bowler, coach and administrator, he doesn’t imagine in calling a spade a shovel.


Published Date: June 15, 2019

| Updated Date: June 15, 2019


Updated Date: Jun 15, 2019 12:35:24 IST