Cricket’s lifeblood, T20 draws the fans and players16/11/2016
When Twenty20 (T20) cricket initially came on the scene, it was viewed by many as a sideshow and something not to be taken too seriously. Fast forward 13 years and how things have changed.
T20 cricket has become the lifeblood of world cricket making the game relevant to millions more people. It’s what brings new fans and participants to cricket and it’s been instrumental in drawing female fans and players to the sport. It’s what’s led cricket to be the most participated in sport in Australia. It’s also ignited new interest in test match and one day cricket as elements of the T20 game creep into those formats and former T20 specialists like David Warner establish themselves in the longer forms of the game.
T20 cricket means that the game is no longer drawn out. Even one day cricket has become too long. A T20 match is over in three hours, so a timespan much closer to other team sports and importantly, a timespan a spectating young family can survive. Because of its shorter format and thrill a minute excitement, T20 has become incredibly attractive to both fans at the grounds and watching on TV. It’s become a great sport for the family to watch. It keeps redefining the impossible in terms of runs scored and totals chased down. After 13 years, still nobody really knows what’s possible.
With another Australian summer just around the corner, the Big Bash League and the Women’s Big Bash League are sure to fill grounds, dominate ratings and inspire another generation of young people to pick up a bat and ball. It’s the shorter or modified forms of sports that are driving new interest and no one has done it better than cricket with T20. T20 will ensure that cricket will remain the most popular sport in Australia, at least for the short term.