Manchester Test aftershock of cricket’s administrative system
By Sangeeta Viswas
on Tue Sep 14 2021
Manchester Test are the aftershocks of cricket’s administrative system. Cricket is not the only one attempting to squeeze more games, series and tournaments into an already packed calendar. The child-minded idea of playing a Football World Cup every two years shows that football administrators can be just as imprudent as their cricketing counterparts.
England manager Gareth Southgate diplomatically said he was open-minded about the idea. An idea that is as true for cricket as it is for football. “We can’t add more things to it,” he said. “I generally agree with the sensitivity of … the fewer matches, the better the quality.”
The fifth Test called at Old Trafford may have had some situation-excellent reasons. The panic of the Indian players spreading through their team’s atmosphere. with incidents of overcrowding being significant.
The decision to cancel matches If there had been more time for a delay of a few days. The less cricket in the coming weeks and months, the game is conceivable.
IPL and T20 World Cup are to be held in the next two months. Another ten-day split in the UK contributed to their panic over whether more individuals should catch COVID. Their atrocities were clearly divided as the IPL began five days after the end of the Manchester Test.
The global cricket calendar has been too full for a very long time. As England and India playing non-stop, but others, such as New Zealand and the West Indies, far less. The details of the number of T20 franchise leagues means that every anticipated gap in the schedule has been filled and The Hundred is yet another document added to the mix.
the last 18 months, most series and tournaments affected by the pandemic have been rearranged rather than cancelled. The IPL is just one example, which was postponed earlier this year but was rearranged instead of next month’s call-off. Surprisingly, it ended two days before the start of the T20 World Cup.
There was at least some recognition from ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, that there is too much cricket. “We just have a schedule that is demanding,” he said, “we have taken steps to improve it at the ICC level, not to say that we think we are playing too much cricket. . . me Looks like we’re trying to fit pretty into the schedule at the moment.”
The irony of Harrison’s comments as chief executive, who has led the English summer to a fourth domestic competition, should not be lost on anyone. However, as always, words are cheap.
Action needs to be taken to resolve scheduling issues. For England to play less, they would have to accept less revenue. At a time when they are still grappling with Covid-induced black holes with GBP100 million in their finances.
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For everyone other than BCCI, dismissal is simply not an option from a financial point of view – a fact that should ring alarm bells.. The game have so little financial flexibility?
The quest for greater revenue growth, including players’ salaries, is in line with the quest to sustain a growing and ever-growing cricket ecosystem from the grassroots to the international level.
The are required to host international fixtures grounds England Manchester Test match. The revenue needed to pay off its large debt.