It’s been over 100 years since Australia and England first clashed at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) on 15th March 1877. From increasing protective equipment to covered pitches to money to match-fixing to technology—The game has changed!
Test cricket, the most coveted format of the game has undergone minimal changes.
Due to the influence of the shorter forms of the game Test cricket has seen an increase in the Runs per over scored. Just like how the fuss over T20 cricket is now; the fuss over 50 over cricket existed then. In spite of all this, test cricket has managed to survive thus answering claims such as “test cricket is on its last legs”. For starters, if anything has to die out it would be the 50 over format and not test cricket. Test cricket has managed to survive and will continue to do so.
Cricket has now become a profession, due to the lure of money in the shorter formats.
Arguably, cricket has become commercialized significantly and is on the path of globalization, mainly thanks to the two-year old Indian Premier League, better known as the IPL. Players are these days opting to play for IPL teams rather than for their country in test cricket. But the big question rises –
HOW DO CRICKETERS FEEL BEING AUCTIONED LIKE GOODS IN THE MARKETS OF MILLIONAIRES?
Not just money, technology has had a tremendous impact on the game too. In the early days, technology and cricket were a complete mismatch. Until recently, when the Umpire Review Decision Review System (UDRS) had been introduced to conduct matches in a fairer manner. There have been other significant additions to the game such as the Hotspot, Hawk-eye and the speed gun.
It is vital for the ICC to balance out all three formats—in particularly test cricket as change is inevitable.