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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell Says T20 Cricket Should Have Balance Between Sports And Entertainment

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Former Australia captain Ian Chappell Says T20 Cricket Should Have Balance Between Sports And Entertainment

Highlights

  • The bats are getting better and the field is smaller, said Ian Chappell
  • The veteran cricketer told the need for improvement in T20 cricket
  • He said- bowlers are becoming virtual bowling machines
  • T20 World Cup means win the toss and win the match: Chappell

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Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has said that better bats and smaller grounds are turning bowlers into ‘virtual bowling machines’ and urged the game’s custodians to take corrective steps to strike a balance between sports and entertainment in T20 cricket. Of. “Administrators need to find the ideal balance between bat and ball and educate fans about the importance of cricket,” Chappell wrote in his column on ESPNcricinfo.

Chappell said that in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, most of the teams were trying to chase as the toss was getting a big advantage. He said, ‘Take a win in tossing a coin and win the match’, which is how the World Cup had become.

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The former Australian captain said, “It is okay when the ball hits the middle of the bat and goes into the stand, but a bowler should be very angry when a wrong hit ball goes across the ropes.” He believes, ‘The problem is not so much on the big grounds of Australia.’

‘Bowlers being provoked’
He wrote, ‘But don’t know which ‘genius’ has created a strange combination of better bat and shorter grounds. This combination is making bowlers a ‘virtual bowling machine’. This is a serious issue for good bowlers and needs to be rectified immediately. Chappell said, “When bowlers are deliberately incited by the rules to throw the ball outside the stump so that they can avoid big shots, it reduces the importance of the game.”

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The former cricketer said, “Cricket needs entertainment but at the same time it must be maintained with a strong connection to its roots. Administrators also need to remember this important point while planning for the future of the game.

Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell (file photo)

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