Cricket as we know it may soon be no more. Thanks to Twenty20, technology, media, and the sheer financial power of Indian cricket, the gentlemans game is on the brink of radical changes. Nation-based cups might give way to T20 professional leagues; umpires might be replaced by technology; and professional franchises, not national boards, might call the shots. Could cricket go the way of professional football? Will Test cricket survive in an entertainment-driven field? Will television rights deals determine the nature of the game?
This upheaval has been accompanied by conflict between the old guard England and Australia and the new boss, India. If the spirit of cricket is to survive these changes, it requires the balancing of economic, political and sporting imperatives. The game must find a way to remain a financially solvent global sport that caters to the changing tastes of its fans and players by creatively using new media and limited-overs cricket.
In Brave New Pitch, Samir Chopra takes a hard look at crickets tumultuous present, and considers what could and should lie ahead.
About the Author
Samir Chopra is professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. He blogs at The Pitch on ESPNCricinfo and at www.samirchopra.com. He can be found on Twitter as @EyeOnThePitch. He is the co-author of The India-Pakistan Air War of 1965 (Manohar Publishers, 2005); Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software (Routledge, 2007) and A Legal Theory for Autonomous Artificial Agents (University of Michigan Press, 2011). He is currently working on a book on the 1971 IndiaPakistan Air War (HarperCollins, 2013).