Money giggles

Mark Waugh the punter that he is, thinks Money is going to make the difference if players are to join the rebel league.

No offence, but it's just like junk food

Mark Waugh
April 8, 2007

TALK of two billionaires planning to take Twenty20 cricket to a new dimension by creating rebel competitions seems to be a bit far-fetched.

It's not so much the suggestion that Indian business guru Subhash Chandra and American entrepreneur Allen Stanford might set up rebel competitions, but the fact they intend to make Twenty20 their showpiece.

First, I think both men will have their work cut out trying to recruit the game's top talent because - in Australia, at least - guys such as Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds and Matthew Hayden are all contracted to their national body.

But when money talks, I guess anything is possible.

From a purely cricket perspective, I have to wonder why either man would base a competition on Twenty20? It's entertaining, yes, and the novelty of it might even attract a few new fans to the game for a while. It's also attractive for many because a game is over in three hours. But it isn't cricket.

Twenty20's like junk food. It's a quick fix and while it might taste good there is no substance to it. The more people see of it, the more they'll see through it.

It's like rugby sevens. The players don't take it too seriously and don't lose too much sleep if they lose.

Twenty20 is the same - it's hit and giggle.

No comments :

Post a Comment