Dale White wrote:Got a link to the article thp ?
I suspect this is what Phil is referring to:http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/ ... 934749.ece
Interesting stuff. Obviously though, it just boils down to money. New Zealand players are very poorly paid, even the "stars" don't make a huge lot of money from the game. Then you're finished in your mid 30's and have to turn to coaching or get a real job. It's all a bit grim really. So I don't see how Vettori, Bond, Fleming or anyone else could possibly justify turning down the insane sums of money the IPL and ICL are offering for basically a couple of months easy work.
I really don't like 20-20. It's a bastardised form of non cricket, almost Baseball like but lacking the subtlety. It really is just a slogathon. But there's no doubt it's taking over either. The billion cricket mad Indians are lapping it up and money will take the players there. Already in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Test cricket has been marginalised, with money spinning one dayers taking centre stage. 20-20 will just further remove the players from the proper form of the game.
Test cricket is dying.
I wonder though, if Test cricket falls flat on its face; where will the new stars come from? 20-20 is good at taking established players and parading them around while they slog the ball to all parts, but will it really breed new quality players? I'm not so sure.