Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket?

Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket?


T20 cricket matches of premier leagues have caught the interests of worldwide players and that is what triggers the debate whether this format of cricket is a disadvantage to the traditional form. Some are of view that T20 is like fast-food cricket, enjoyable and easy but unhealthy with lots of disadvantages. When India lost to Australia in the semi-finals of ICC world cup XI and several accusations and reasons were being dogged out, I read somewhere that it is all because of IPL T20 that the Australians had become acquainted with the strategies of Indian players that helped them defeat their moves. This was a mean accusation to T20 indeed or but surely the critics have some reasonable ones up their sleeves.


1. Immense success of T20 premier leagues across the world is a proof that the shorter format of cricket is enjoyed by people everywhere. While earlier it was conceived that majority of cricket viewers were male, the ratio became equalized to a great extent with the advent of T20. Women and children have become more interested in watching cricket since shorter formats are not boring and monotonous.

2. Cricket in India is a religion. It is clear that fan frenzy in India is never going to get enough of cricket. T20 is a huge source of entertainment for cricket fans who travel around India to watch their favourite players play. The enthusiasm with which cricket fans support this format is enough of a reason to keep it going and improving, no matter what critics say.

3. IPL T20 has been providing employment opportunities to many and been giving a good impression to the West about our growing economy for the game has ever been incessantly advancing each year in India. Thousands are being employed for the posts of thousands are being employed for event managing, organizing, conducting the games, pitch curators, advertising people, sports writers, columnists, commentators, umpires, referees, statisticians, scorers, peddlers, small business people and advertisement makers. The airlines that provide services to cricketers for travelling around the country also benefits immensely. Live telecast rights to television channels and sale of stadium tickets are other advantages where millions or revenues are collected.

4. Retired cricketers from around the globe get an opportunity to earn millions from the sport that they once played with the greatest dedication. Former cricketers like Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid from India, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne from Australia, Stephen Fleming from New Zealand, Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes from South Africa are doing a good job and earning good bucks.

5. One of the good things I like about T20 is its diversity, regardless of country boundaries, race and other difference, players from around the world mix and merge into teams and get to play with each other while all their lives they had played against each other. It has a friendly notion to it and the spirit of sports is not lost when selection is purely on current form of a player.


1. One of the major drawbacks of the T20 series is that it completely overshadow the other sports of India that need primary spotlight too. Hockey and kabaddi are some games that do not get the importance from people that it rightly deserves. Pro Kabaddi league is soon to start and there has been good promotion of the sport this time but with IPL sharing the spot, the other games are bound to receive lesser support.

2. IPL's selection procedure is questioned from time to time. Though it says that the selection is to be based on the current form of players, yet retired cricketers are taken in teams which raised doubts on it's policies. Corrupt practices are involves in this format of game. IPL organizer Lalit Modi, who was charged of fraudulence of millions is now declared insolvent. Evil practices of betting saw huge inclination in the country after IPL was introduced.

3. IPL was supposed to boost performance of players in international ODI and tests but quite the opposite seems to have happened. Critics are of the view that players put in a lot of energy into T20 and are hence unable to perform well at longer formats of cricket. When MS Dhoni retired from captaincy of test matches, the reason was the pressure that got the better of him in all the three formats. In order to perform well at shorter formats, captain Cool gave up test captaincy which is unjust to cricket for we all know what the man is capable of.


T20 happened to cricket when it was being believed that cricketers draw a lot of money from advertisements and promotions and hence lack concentration at ground. Now it is being claimed that they earn enough at T20 hence take the other formats lightly. The fact is that haters might do all the hating but the game is going to prosper for there has been a great zeal of fans of this format. We truly can never have enough of cricket.
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  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -Vinod Kumar (04/06/15)
  • If we observe the past, before we used to have only test cricket which lasts for 5 days. Later on it was cut short to One Day which was immense success at the time of its introduction. Now even this is the similar case even with T20. when disadvantage didn't occur due to ODI then how come T20 can create such problems, it is a misconception.

    Moreover if we observe IPL in India, which is a huge success, introduced a lot of Ranji players to the Cricketing World which paved them the way for International Cricket. Fiancial wise, lot of small palyers could earn money because of it as they were not getting chances in Interbationals.
    Most importantly people like watching it and it is their chance to entertain people but It is the duty of ICC which should take care of that T20's overshadows Tests & ODI.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -Rohit (04/05/15)
  • T20 brings in immense new chances to ranji players. Those who only represent states, now have the chance to showcase themselves to a big platform. Not only it's a
    advantage to ranji players but at the mean time encourages youngsters of the country to choose cricket as a profession. But as everything has some pros and cons,
    similarly T20 has, on one hand it brings popularity,money,entertainment while on the other it harms the true form of cricket i.e. TEST cricket. The effects we can
    already see in the present Indian test performances. But at present one thing which we can imagine, the future is the era of T20, and hence it can be concluded
    that T20 is not a disadvantage to cricket.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -asim vishal (04/03/15)
  • t20 it is the shorter form of cricket in which every team plays for 20 overs and requires less time.i believe it is a boon for in t20 the batsmen learns to play faster and under pressure.
    t20 has given a lot of new strokes to has taught the batsman to deal with various problem on the field.the various t20 tournament also gives opportunities to various new players in this teaches the bowler to bowl in proper line or else they will be adays due to 20 20 most of the player are becoming all it is the world of competition and the fittest survives. so it is good to start more tournaments like this along with this there should be more test matches as well as it will keep the class in the various players and will help them perform properly in shorter formats
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -T20 (04/02/15)
  • T20 is the shorter format of the game, has been introduced to empower cricket in world arena. With the advent of it, many countries are showing intent to field their players for international matches and thus, catching interest of many other non playing nations. Longer format was not attractive for football loving audience. T20 has added football like high voltage excitement for those who want fast and furious game. The shorter format is also garnering a female fan which is a massive boost for Cricket. We have been trying hard to conserve longer format which is slow and time consuming, but T20 is the future. Many say this is destroying game, quality players are vanishing, real techniques are eroding, but the fact of the matter is we are able to witness better players with sound technique all round because of T20. Lately, all big players have improved in leaps and bound by playing shorter format, i.e. Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, AB De Villiers etc.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -syed faraz haider (04/01/15)
  • Every coin has two sides. T20 has advantages and disadvantages both. But it has advantages more than that disadvantages.
    we all know that cricket is only for the entertainment for the people, and in this era the life lived by the people is very fast, everyone wants to through the shorts cut. So this shorter format of cricket gives much more entertainment in a very short time.
    Due to this shorter format, the ratio of male and female enjoying the cricket is almost same.
    Inspite of being shorter this has other advantages also like it gives employment to so many state and national level players in IPL. It is also helpful in selecting the player for international level.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -Himansu Rath (04/01/15)
  • No,I think T20 is not a disadvantage of is the format which makes cricket popular. Bcozs of less time the players give their best effort and supports or audience enjoy it very much. IPL put a new flavor on the cricket.for the IPL new talented players comes to eye and they get the chance to contact with senior players, foreign players,coaches,trainers.
    some months ago SATCHIN gave a proposal to ICC to do the ODI matches 40 over ,for that ODI matches will be popular like T20.T20 is not the disadvantage but a advantage for cricket.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -Deepa Kaushik (04/01/15)
  • If we are carrying out this discussion following the blame game by the cricket fans after the failure in the semi-finals in world cup, we are definitely wasting our time. These are the fans who have made the T20 a grand success. Just because we lost a match doesn’t mean that we need to blame the format of the game.

    T20 definitely have some disadvantages. One being the sharing of game strategies, along with the involvement and pumping in of huge amount of money in to the game. The place where money plays its role, the true value of the sport gets lost. The charm of the cricket gets faded away in the power and pressure of money. Even the players fail to give to their fullest. With these aspects, T20 has definitely degraded the true culture of cricket.

    We cannot blame T20 altogether to have spoiled the sport. Everything revolves around the demand and supply. People do show their love and craze for the T20 matches which makes the board arrange similar platform to meet the demands of the numerous cricket fans across the world. Every game stands on how positively we take up the event. If we can value the sport more over the money and perform to the true spirits, then definitely T20 can yield us better players to perform on a bigger platform.
  • RE: Is T20 a disadvantage to cricket? -prerana verma (04/01/15)
  • ppl r fan of a particlr gam in general nt of sports itself. u cannt say if dere wl no crickt event ppl wl stick to t.v to see hockey.again it seems a mere excuse only dat we lost against aussie since dey came to knw our strategy by playin ipl.. if dey cam to knw ours we also came to knw dere, is nt it...ipl is a gr8 platfrm for employmnt gen ,for new cricktr, fr fans retird crickt playrs n fostr good relatn btw rival natn which underscore al it demerits d only concern need to be takn care is abt playr practising fr short format cannt be expectd to excel in long one n corruptn..