I ‘wish’ everything is normal ‘again’…

So – After almost a month of exile from the blogging arena, I am back and back with the topic that I actually left with – Cricket…
Now, If you are thinking that I am going to declare the result of the inagural IGCL match

https://gayazahmed.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/inter-galactic-champions-league/
then, let me tell you that the match was canceled as Silver Surfer left ‘silently’ to his planet…The disappointed ‘Captain’ America went calm, staring at the sky on the sunday match night and when he happened to see a Shooting Star, he wished to witness ‘The most exciting and brutal batting ever’ on his planet itself…
And so came the India vs Australia ODI series…
Now – before the 2nd ODI of Ind vs Aus, If you asked a cricket expert, “What is the match winning score in ODI’s ?”, the expected answer would be “Something close to 300 or run-a-ball…”
And now – if you ask the same question, then the reply would be, “Well…I don’t know.No target is match winning these days…”
The fact that India chased down 350+ target, not just once, but twice in two weeks created more questions than answering them…And the most highlighted one among them is, “What is the future of ODI bowling…?”
Well…since the advent of the T20’s, we got used to witness such a high ‘economy’ from a bowler.But given the fact that an economy of 10 runs from his complete spell of 4 overs is more sensible in T20’s than an economy of 8 runs from his complete spell of 10 overs in ODI’s…That means, the bowler isn’t just being beaten on a high note – but he’s been beaten consistently…And that is a serious concern for the future if the ODI bowling…
As Indian skipper, MS.Dhoni has himself stated in a press meet that The back-to-back high scoring matches are doing ‘no good’ for the gentlemen’s game and if this thing continues, then we may need to use ‘Bowling machines’ in the near future…
Meanwhile, Captain America, who himself is a great admirer of the ‘captain cool’ – MSD, felt very sorry for his ‘not-so-cool’ wish…
But he doesn’t know that his wish ‘never came true’…
He actually mistaken ‘Silver Surfer’ for a shooting star…Poor Avenger is still living in that guilty…
So – If you ever witness a shooting star – “Think twice before you wish…”

Humans - How sentimental...
Humans – How sentimental…
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Champions League still isn’t the “Champion of Leagues”…

 CLT20 is starting yet an another lap of tedious run, after some disappointing performance in its previous outings…In a country like India, where cricket is considered as religion, you would expect it to reach the ‘kings stature’, especially when to 10 domestic teams of the world are taking on each other…But unfortunately, the domestic cricket in the world is not as serious as football and hence Champions League still isn’t the “Champion of Leagues…”

Certainly, as a cricketing fan, I think some changes in its management can lift its prestige in the world sports and these modifications can be implemented for its healthy survival…

Increasing the no of teams :-

Cricket caries a brand with itself, but unfortunately, it is limited to only few countries…The need for the globalization of this ‘Gentlemen’s Game’ is vital for the survival of any international tournament…Certainly you can’t expect the associate teams to play test cricket., But T20 is whole new ball game…You can include a domestic T20 team from all the associate countries and give them a chance to express their talent on a bigger platform…

 

Having regional qualifiers :-

League match between the domestic teams of Pak or NZ or of any other country can’t attract the mass attention of the public in India…When we actually include every associate domestic team in the tournament, then obviously we can afford to have regional qualifiers in Asia, Europe, Caribbean and Australia., with the Semis and finals in India…

I think this provides the necessary global exposure to this sport and eventually strengthens the international cricket…

 

Creating its own brand image :-

The first two editions of champions league carried the tag Airtel CLT20, next it was Nokia and now it is Karbonn…So this uncertainty also didn’t add to the beauty of the tournament…I felt, when the international calendar is making room for this league, why can’t be it called as ICC CLT20…? Surely, this can boost the confidence in the associate teams when they join this league. And this also creates the necessity to have a strong domestic background in every country, which is basic to have a ‘Healthy’ international cricket.

I hope the above modifications looks effective on the field as it did on the paper…Fingers crossed…

Still isn't a Champion...
Still isn’t a Champion…