Truncating a Twenty20 match makes no sense. You can throw all your logic at it and babble on about TV agreements and HR requirements but to reduce a game of cricket to 25 percent of the allotted time is absurd and cheats the fans. It is laughable and makes a mockery of the tie.
This farce of the first T20I between the Australia and India that ended in total nonsense begs several questions.
What would happen if they game continued for another hour. This sport has enough money leaking out of its ears to pay overtime and ensure that fans who have paid good money are given a fair deal.
Cricket is the only game that shrinks with the weather. If you consider tennis, rain is mandated at Wimbledon. Yet the players do not reduce the match to two sets or shorten them to 3 games a set or all this nonsense we saw last evening. Of course, India were going to score 48 runs in six overs. It was hardly an effort.
Football is played in rain without the match being reduced to 50 minutes.
The fact is that cricket has become a mollycoddled sport and all these prima donnas, from players to officials do not give a whistle in the wind about the con they visit upon the blind fans whose love for the game is no narcotic fix.
The skies would not have fallen if the game had gone on for another hour. The funny part is that everyone is so brainwashed by this biggest conspiracy in international sport, that most of us understand, but we tamely accept this rubbish as if it was gospel.
At the same time during the India-Australia T20I game, the rugby match between the All Blacks and the Springboks was ongoing and come rain or sunshine they played the whole 80 minutes.
Time has come to make sure that these shorter versions rise about the clouds. Adding a clause to the agreements and letting the advertisers get their money's worth would be the right way to go forward. Why should it always break in favour of the ICC rules? Where is it written that this is the gospel and cannot be questioned?
Cricket lovers are like sheep, who are just shrugged away and made to accept whatever is thrown at them.
It's time for them to stop being so nice.
And for the purist, here's a question that needs an answer. Why doesn't the chasing team's target change whenever a wicket falls? Wouldn't that be fair?