Cricket NewsThe T10 format, according to the Former India batsman Robin Uthappa, will...

    The T10 format, according to the Former India batsman Robin Uthappa, will draw in new and unaffiliated nations to the game.


    The first ILT20 event in the UAE is being played by former Indian batsman Robin Uthappa for the Dubai Capitals. The popularity of the shorter form of the game, according to Uthappa, will cause the One-Day International (ODI) format to decline in the future. The T10 format, according to the wicketkeeper batter, will draw in new and unaffiliated nations to the game.

    Uthappa has been in excellent form throughout the competition and presently leads the league in runs scored with 122. On Monday, January 16, he defeated the Gulf giants with a career-high 79 off 46 balls, earning him the green belt given to the competition’s top run-scorer for the first time. On Thursday, he will play once more in Sharjah’s game against the Gulf Giants.

    The former India opener discussed ODI cricket and claimed that the emergence of T20 leagues has led to the format’s impending demise. Uthappa claimed that the 50-over format did not succeed in drawing spectators because they could not commit 6-7 hours every game. He claimed that T10 leagues would provide associate nations like China, Germany, etc. a platform.

    “I think the game is evolving in that direction. But it’s also the viewership that dictates, what’s going to be more popular and what’s going to evolve, and what’s going to devolve. And it’s been a very natural process of evolution in that sense, which is why the T20 Cricket is coming to the fore. I do certainly believe that there will be a few more T10 leagues that will also come through the ranks.”

    “And like I said, T10 is a great version of cricket to kind of introduce the associate nations that are just starting, say teams like Germany, or China, and teams such as those to kind of play those so that they get a feel of what the sport generally entails,” Uthappa said.

    “And I see the game evolving in that direction and 50 over cricket, I don’t think we live in a world today where people can invest seven hours of their day into coming and watching a 50 or a one-day game at the stadium or investing that much time and watching a one-day game you know or at home, on the telly, today you do get apps as well.”

    “So, the viewership will drop, and I think the evolution after this FTP cycle should be to kind of slowly wean off one-day cricket and move towards T20 and perhaps T10 Cricket and that’s where it should stop, it shouldn’t get lesser than that,” he added.


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