As the 2010s come to a close, cricket fans are busy reflecting upon sweet and bitter moments of their favourite teams during the past decade. Now, here is something interesting for all the fans, What innovations they would love to see in professional cricket in the upcoming decade. Let’s take a look at general feelings among the fans.
Have you ever Imagined Ellyse Perry going under the hammer at an IPL Auction? If Pat Cummins is fetching 15.5 Crs, how many will Meg Lanning be taking home? So many interesting prospects are there for the fans' imagination in women’s Cricket. Exhibition games that are taking place now for 2 years at the back end of IPL are well attended. Similarly, Women’s BBL and Kia Super League have been successful in improving grassroots for Women’s game in Australia and the UK. And there is enough talent pool available across the globe to constitute competitive teams for the league. This has all the makings of a revolutionary Women’s IPL which is just a couple of years away at maximum.
Fans are divided into two opinions in the abandonment of toss in Test Match Cricket. Basically what this whole scenario is proposing is that Tourists will make the decision about what they want to do first. It will considerably decrease or mostly stop ‘Pitch Doctoring'. A couple of years ago, India were having all the rights of batting first on that Poor Wanderers Pitch against Proteas. Same way just recently, Western Australians were at receiving ends of abnormal MCG drop-in. These kinds of cases will make way for sporting pitches where both sides will have equal opportunities regardless of their batting and bowling. But on the other hand, We are looking at a consistent advantage for the Tourists across the series in an era where 4th Innings chase is becoming increasingly tough due to quality of batsmanship and conditions of Pitches. Perceptions are there for everyone to grab.
Now that first-ever World Test Championship has started, it has the potential to become a great advertisement for Cricket's most traditional format. But Points system for this cycle is still work in progress according to most of the experts. Imagine Australia getting fewer points in retaining the Ashes in England than winning a single test match against Pakistan at Gabba. That itself an explanation about how much room is there for improvement in the system. Maybe, ICC can look at measuring points on home & away basis and there should not be a clear advantage in 2 test match series. They can look for divisions of Super and Plate leagues to make it more competitive.
Another T20 tournament which was being held till the early 2010s, Champions League T20 was an excellent idea. To see T20 teams from across the planet going against each other in a single tournament was one of its kind ideas. It was a platform for low key Players to perform and make themselves household names. It was also improving financial Conditions of various Non-IPL clubs. Maybe, It should be held outside India to attract crowds at the ground.