The Fading Interest On One Day Internationals

600x300xPak-vs-NZ2.jpg.pagespeed.ic.tlzfjVkQuSA new study has revealed the reason behind the dwindling enthusiasm among the cricket fans for the ODI matches. It is said that the fans look for interesting performances from both sides, which keeps them occupied till the final moment. They do not want their team to give thrashing performances, and it is said that they prefer equal performances from both the teams.

It is also said that the fans do not want absolute victory over the match and that they prefer the match be dramatic with uncertain outcomes. It doesn’t matter of their team wins or not; they just want the match to be interesting. This outcome was based on the analysis of data worth 35 years. There is also a concern expressed about the structure of the World Cup matches and the inequality that is seen in the sports.

There only 10 teams that are going to be a part of the world cup matches. In 2011 it was 14 teams, and it has come down to 10. Experts say that the fans want to see two similarly qualified nations perform equally and that both the teams must provide a tough contest. The fans expect the team to win after a struggle; they don’t like only one team to perform gloriously while the other team underperforms.

The fans do not want a predictable match, say the experts. They also examined variables like team strength, attendances and spectator wages to understand the trends that are seen in overseas matches. Experts also say that, when people start getting larger income, they start to move on to expensive games. To keep the interest in cricket, it is said that adding cricket to Olympics is one of the currently discussed solutions. Recently, ICC announced that there would no longer be permanent seats for England, India and Australia, the big three of the cricket.

Appeasing The Cricket Gods

sachinIs there anything as adding the Gods thing to the checklist? Well to begin with not much prominence was given to this aspect. As to the custom of the Ovals, to win the game, a team needs to win the toss and bat. If you didn’t do it, you land up in trouble. The two captains who faced the wrath of the cricketing Gods are Chef and Punter. At the Gabba, Nasser won the toss and asked Australia to bat. That day he was left helpless as Australia scored 364 for 2 on the day one. The Gods had their way, and Nasser was left high and dry. As a punishment, he won the toss at Adelaide, sent the team to bat and yet lost the match. So, has he angered the Gods?

Is it just the toss that the Gods are interested in? No, it is also about behavior. It happened to England again, as they lost the series after Eoin Morgan was tempted to call Kevin Pietersen and this was the moment the fate was rewritten. The wickets were lost in heaps and England ended up losing the series. This is not all Morgan scored nothing, and it was a disaster for the players.

The Gods were enraged once again, despite the best behavior. Al was a sprinter between wickets and with 3000 innings he was yet to be beaten between the wickets. But the judgment of Cook on the Oval pitch was far from reproach. After taking the role of the captain and piling up runs and centuries, pushing bowlers efforts to the stands mercilessly, one fine day he walked away from the ball, and this turned out to be a disaster. For the first time, he learned what it would is to be run out. The Gods picked him for his mistake, and he was brutally penalized, where he lost a run for eternity.