In 2008, India gave the cricketing world one of its most entertaining gifts. Other countries had similar contributions, but India’s offering spurred all the others to unprecedented heights while becoming the most watched and participated league in the world.
If you’ve not caught on to it yet, I’m speaking of the IPL, the Indian Premier League. The Hollywood-Bollywood style format of T20 cricket was provided to the world, the razzmatazz of the cheerleaders, sixes on sixes and fours after fours had everybody glued to their television sets or queuing up at the ticket box office to watch games live.
Now, we have the Big Bash, the Bangladesh cricket league and so many more that not only cricket fans, but even entertainment-thirsty viewers indulge in.
On the other hand, we have Test Cricket. FIVE FULL DAYS of slow, well thought out cricket. Now, the people indulging or relishing this format of the game are the ones who are patient. They do not need instant gratification. The thing is, the popularity of test cricket has always been consistent. The slow, patience filled game is like an intriguing game of chess.
That leaves us with one day cricket. Since 2009, the number of ODI games played per year are on the decline, not a fast or rapid avalanche-esque one, but a slow and steady decline. The IPL, Big Bash, T20 champions cup are there every year, in addition to this, the T20 world cup is played every year, with the ODI world cup obviously giving its attendance to Cricketing World once every 4 years.
There’s so much going on every year, with the modern sports stars, be it any sport, being so much more “delicate” than ever, find it hard to squeeze in so much and hence, everything is so much more spaced out. That’s just my opinion, but either way, the presence of so many event has directly affected ODI’s reducing their number.
Moreover, the amount of money in the several co-existing T20 league’s is ‘dreamy’ . Too much, one could say?
The penultimate question remains, the falling popularity is evident to all, but is there something we can do about it? Or an even more intriguing question to one and all would be framed as such- “IS there something we should do about it??”