The International Cricket Council (ICC) has worked hard to expand the game’s reach across the globe, but that attempt is yet to show substantial results. The popularity of the game is so limited globally that the word still means a bug to the non-cricketing world.
The primary argument is that cricket is mostly popular only in former British colonies and there is hardly any chance for the game to take the world stage, particularly when its classical format lasts for five days.
A lot has been said about Afghanistan’s emergence as a cricketing power and how it signifies cricket’s glowing clout in the world arena. ICC chief Haroon Lorgat told Reuters recently that cricket leagues help in selling cricket to the world, citing the example of Afghanistan.
But with the emergence of 20-over cricket, a format that gets over in three hours, there is a big question mark over the future of the one-day game itself — the nine-hour format applied in the showpiece World Cup.