Cricket finally goes Franchise style in India. Not only the format has evolved in to a quick and spicy 20 overs style to gain more market acceptance, but now bringing in more teams and more games in the franchise style.
Much like the NFL and NBA, Indian Premier League (IPL) created by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and sanctioned by the International Cricket Council, is a Twenty20 cricket competition.
I love Cricket. I used to play a lot and watch a ridiculous lot. But its so painful to watch cricket games as each game is played for about 8-10 hours. Then came a Twenty20 match style where the game is reduced to 2-3 hours game. While it is fun to watch the twenty 20 game, you will miss so much of the class and elegance of cricket strokes in this short form of the game. Well, for some, it doesn't matter at all. In fact, for many the game looks spicy now in this short version.
Franchise model will definitely do much better for the Marketing of the game and generating revenue out of a proven cash cow and the only game watched across whole country. Obviously Players get paid a whole lot better now.
All these IPL games are in addition to international series that Indian team plays normally. So if you are a cricket lover, you will have lot more games to watch.
I am not sure what will happen to the domestic cricket teams and all those Ranji trophy series. I don't see any significant role being played by those any more.
As it appears, Cricket itself is changing its game.