Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) president Paul Sheahan has blamed various Twenty20 domestic leagues like the rewarding Indian Premier League (IPL) for their poor recent summer of cricket, which according to him has been deeply unsatisfactory.
Sheahan delivered a biting review of the summer schedule, and warned that cricket would fade from relevance if administrators continued to allow domestic Twenty20 leagues to shape a staccato international fixture, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Sheahan said the scheduling seems to be dictated by the Indian Premier League, a forgettable form of the game if there is one, the equally unmemorable T20 Big Bash League and the desires of the television broadcasters to fit in with their global programming.
Sheahan added this was one of the most unsatisfactory international cricket seasons at the 'G because just 51/2 days of international cricket was played, which included a one-sided Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka and limited-overs games against Sri Lanka and West Indies.
The MCG also hosted four BBL matches, including the Melbourne derby, which attracted 46,581, a record for a domestic Twenty20 game in Australia.
The former Test batsman further said it seems inconceivable to him that the Test matches finish so early in the season and that one of the competitors in the limited overs form of the game [West Indies] sneaks into the country unannounced, is trounced and departs again before the public has been given a chance to gain some knowledge of who they are.
Cricket Australia was criticised for resting stars in the one-day series, and Sheahan added more salts to their wounds, question whether the Australian public confused by the rather staccato manner in which the season unfolds or whether they are sick of paying high admission prices.
Sheahan further questioned is the CA tired of crowd behaviour that sometimes sweeps up the innocent with the guilty. (ANI)