There was criticism abound and legal efforts to stop the T10 League.These were apparently for some reasons that I wouldn’t like to mention here – but it was mostly out of a grudge and incompetence.
Since day one of this league, it was a tremendous success all over the globe. You could see it trending all over the social media as well and it has created a buzz in the cricket fraternity, for sure.
It is a new format, never tried before at this massive level, with all these star players.Hence, criticism was inevitable and the management was supposed to face the wrath of the aficionados, since we are not fans of adapting to new things.
And even though we don’t like changes, it is said “the only thing permanent is change” – and this change has proved itself interesting, engaging and much more fascinating than anticipated.
For a long time, despite being one of the most followed sports around the globe,cricket has been limited to be selective countries.But we need to make it a global sport. We need to attract nations like Americans and Russians towards this phenomenal sports.
The real question was how? Test cricket? ODIs? T20s? Well,we have found our answer in T10 format of the game.
It is short, entertaining and full of action and drama. What more do we need?
90minutes of full action packed drama, pressure rising every delivery, raining boundaries, falling wickets, always keeping the viewers and attendees on the edges of their seats. This is what sports fans want to see around the globe.
Take the example of UAE here.There hasn’t been a single day in this league when the crowd didn’t show up.Even on working days the Sharjah stadium entertained the whole jam-packed stadium and the players didn’t disappoint them either.
Players like ShahidAfridi, David Miller, Luke Ronchi, Muhammad Amir, Paul Stirling, Sarfaraz Ahmad and Shoaib Malik, along with all other big names just made the league impossible to resist – back-to-back matches full of entertainment.
On the big final day of the league more than 15,000 people showed up at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium – and it wasn’t Friday guys! This shows how much successful this league was.
Even the T20 format faced criticism that it would ruin the game and whatever, but now it is the most loved and watched format of the game – even the players prefer to play that format.
The same is the case with the T10 format.Some people are not just digesting the fact that cricket had to change a bit to enhance the sphere of the game – and that is what T10 is doing.
I really want this format to continue without any controversies in different countries, including India and Pakistan, because the way this league has pulled together Indians and Pakistanis through cricket is fascinating and must be appreciated.
Looking forward to more seasons of this format and kudos to the organisers!