English Clubs Struggle in Champions League

October 19, 2009 at 11:54 am 1 comment

English Clubs may dominate in football’s version of the champions league but this isn’t the case in cricket. It is probably even more galling for the English clubs given how the Twenty20 form of the game was invented in England.

Sussex didn’t win a match and Somerset needed the help of Trinidad and Tobago to advance to the final eight. Had the Deccan Chargers won, they would have advanced instead of the Sabres.

Still it will be very tough for the English side to advance through to the semi-finals. They will need to defeat both New South Wales and the Diamond Eagles in order to do so. Cricket betting has them at very long odds to qualify for the final four.

Both sides are filled with talent so this will be a tough ask. Still it has been a good competition. It is nice to finally see some international provincial competition. This has never really happened before and it provides a nice new and exciting dimension to the game.

It does get a bit messy when a player qualifies to play for more than one team. This is something which is going to have to be looked at for future tournaments. The process by which a player decides which team he will play for needs to be clarified.

At this stage, the two Australian sides look to be challenging for the title and are the shortest in cricket betting.

There is no doubt that Twenty20 is popular and it is continually evolving. Next year the IPL will be back in India  after it was moved to South Africa this year. Following this will be the World Twenty20 competition that will be taking place in the West Indies. It is good that the West Indies doesn’t have to wait long for hosting another tournament after the debacle that was the 2007 World Cup.

Australia is also getting into Twenty20 cricket. Victoria have dominated down under winning the first three title and being runners-up in the fourth. They seem to have mastered the shortest form of the game. This year there will be overseas stars such as Chris Gayle tipped to be playing.

All of this though is a sideshow to what is the main contest which is Test cricket. As Sachin Tendulkar said, Twenty20 cricket is dessert and you can’t survive just on that. Test cricket is the meal whereby which cricketers will prove themselves and be tested.  This is a great forum for blooding young up and coming players and these players would be thinking that. No-one in the prime of their career would favour Twenty20 to the longer form of the game. You can understand someone such as Andrew Flintoff electing this form of the game over Test cricket; it would be completely different if someone such as Stuart Broad did so.

David Wiseman writes about cricket for this blog. When not doing so, he is thinking about the upcoming Melbourne Cup.


Entry filed under: Cricket, Twenty20.

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  • 1. 1989bilayy  |  November 3, 2009 at 6:53 am

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