If the Indian team does not make it to the finals of the World Cup, everyone will point their fingers at the 45 day Indian T20 League. Excuses ranging from being burnt, tired, mental fatigue will rule print and electronic media as charlatan experts will join the chorus of what if and what if not. Well we shall know what happens on 14th June 2019.
This is not the first time that this T20 domestic tournament is being held in a world cup year, 2011 and 2015 are examples, but since England is hosting it this year, the schedule had to be between May and July. The only possible solution would have been to make this tournament into a 50 over one; instead of teams playing each other twice, we could have done it once, then gone back to a more practical and uncomplicated idea of Semi-Finals and Finals, instead of a xerox version of NBA playoffs.
The team managements of this T20 domestic tournament simply want to be ignorant of the fact that a World Cup is only 10 weeks away. They want the players they selected to play all the 14 tournament matches- their logic being that having spend a fortune on players, we own them, also few of them being iconic and crowd pullers which means more advertisements, and full house, this lot needs to and has to play. The mature ones comprehend that the T20 domestic tournament is a drop in the ocean.
Scrubbing this tournament might look practical from the point of view of the WC and the athletes involved, but revenue loss is one thing no one wants to gamble with. The broadcasters despite their exaggerations and half baked theories of wanting India to win the World Cup wont let commerce and commerce come between anything.
If it was the Hockey World Cup, and there was a Hockey tournament preceding that, there would have been no brouhaha- Hockey is a sport, that has failed to get the phoney nationalism that we associate with Cricket, and we are trying to bring it in other games and sports; or if this was the T20 World Cup, then this T20 domestic tournament would have been welcomed with open arms.
The players are between the devil and the deep blue sea- On one hand they cannot afford to get injured because places are up for grabs, on the other missing the T20 League might hit them where it hurts most- revenue- they will earn more in 45 days then they do the whole year. But a World Cup win will forever mark their place in history. In short, the players are at the mercy of the Indian Cricket Board. No other sports association in the world uses control in its name, and no one abuses it like the Indian Cricket Board does.
Once again the T20 domestic tournament start time is inappropriate- 8pm. It means that the matches will go till 12 am considering the broadcasters disrespect for viewers as multiple stoppages stretch the match unnecessarily.
If they can start a normal T20 match between two countries at 7pm, sans any stoppages, they must do the same for this tournament.
It might look glamorous and organised when one watches it on the TV, but the spectators there get no respect as it takes more than
2 hours to enter the stadium, with no proper signage, the continued rudeness of the staff and security; since they restrict water and similar items into the stadiums, they must compensate for the same but the stalls for water and snacks, are unhygenic.
In fact the matches should start at 6:30 pm, and there should be a restaurant in the stadium like we have in cinema halls, leather seats, with cup holders, and food and snacks should be delivered to everyone watching, not reserved for some VIP’s- Very Ignorant Persons.