We have been debating the survival of ODI cricket with the threat posed by the lucrative lure and quick fix entertainment Twenty20 cricket provides. In a world where peoples focus is best handled in short time frames, Test cricket still has its moments for heated debates as to whether it can go on as is, or whether it needs substantial tweaks as we’ve seen in ODI cricket to make it more accessible.
These factors are also burdened by “overkill cricket”, something which I have written about on many occasions. I have no issue with putting on my television to witness a variety of cricket day in, day out, as long as it is quality driven and serves as a worthy purpose for the game, the team and the fans.
With the amount of cricket played, the growth of State cricket’s exposure to a wider audience through T20 cricket, as well as the variation between the three formats at all levels, it is hard to recall games the way you could 5 years ago. It’s understandable and in some ways a bit unfortunate.
This seems to be relative in forgetting about certain cricketers that get lost in the overload timeline of modern day cricket. It seems that when a player is initially left out; through injury, getting dropped and phased out to make way for younger or more reliable player, we tend to quicker forget about them because the turnaround time in matches we witness is so intense and rapid!
A few examples would be James Hopes, Callum Ferguson, Doug Bollinger and even a bloke like Nathan Hauritz. Sure, you will remember these guys and obviously they’re presently still active within State cricket but I am quite sure that the majority of supporters won’t be able to recall when they were left out, why they were left out or even be able to pinpoint the dates they last featured for Australia.
It’s understandable though to forget about a specific player. We have so many other things in life to remember now, amongst all the various cricket tournaments we get exposed to.
Although we usually don’t forget the player, we may forget their contributions to the game of cricket, or even the risk of forgetting the positive elements of their game they brought to their team. As new players get brought into the side, get accepted and show their true class at the elite level, this is also a valid reason to forget about a certain player, especially if he was in a serious rut for form within a format seen as the pinnacle of the game.