27 October, 2020

Toss That Pink Ball

The future game will demand change. The ICC better hang on.

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Toss That Pink Ball

What would cricket be like 80 years from now? Now that’s a tough one. Perhaps, the US and China would become the two superpowers of international cricket. With the ODI already on its way out, T20 leagues would rule the roost. HawkEye and its fancy cousins might claim superiority over umpires, while fielders (and spectators) would be asked to dress up in rugby-styled protective gear. Of course, all that’s hypothetical, but things are only impossible until they are not.

To answer that question though, seriously, I think it’s best we rewind and look at how this sport was 80-odd years ago. The year was 1932, that fateful year when cricket, for the first time, lost the tag of ‘gentleman’s game’ and changed forever. In 1930, Douglas Jardine had found a rare chink in Sir Don Bradman’s armoury, which was his discomfort against the short-pitched ball right into his ribcage. When Jardine was appointed captain of the English team for the return leg of the Ashes in Australia in 1932, he planned something...



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