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    Where do you see cricket by the year 2050?

    Where do you see or want to see the global game a few decades from now? Do you want to see a world with just T20 leagues...perhaps an NBA style IPL that lasts 8 months with 30 teams playing 80+ games per year? Or do you envision a proper Test league for international teams duking it out for the ultimate prize in all of sports?

    Personally I would hope that there would be a proper Test league with 14-16 teams with Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, and Nepal becoming good enough to play the 5 day format. ODI and T20 leagues could also exist with 16-20 sides with perhaps the USA and China fielding strong competitive sides.

    Pipe dreams perhaps, but what do you think?

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    Honestly, it will go one of two directions:

    Cricket will die.
    Or Cricket will thrive and expand.

    I don't see the USA ever hosted anything more than a good associates side simply because Major League Baseball (MLB) is so cash rich here in the states. the MLB is opening up training centers in the Carribean, so players who might have previously gone into athletics or cricket are now going to play baseball. That will lead to a long term collapse overall of Windies Cricket. The WICB doesn't have the money to keep up with MLB and they're not about to.

    China, on the other hand, is brimming with potential. A large population base, no dominant bat and ball sport yet, a strong relationship with Pakistan, and an already available side with Hong Kong who could give them a short-cut into the sport. If there's a next big side up to be had after Ireland and Afghanistan, it's China. Their middle class has the money to play the sport and take it seriously.

    As for the overall structure, I think at least one format will be eliminated in the next 33 years. ODI and T20 aren't going to be able to survive together. This three-format system is extremely unwieldy. Most likely it's going to be ODIs since T20s are more marketable to new countries. Additionally, the franchise cricket system has incentivized playing the T20-there's more money to be made for significantly less work.

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    Pakistan in every qualifying round for a WC

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    Test cricket will probably be dead by then, because of the lifestyle that people are living these days. T20 leagues will keep popping up and the quality will go down world over with no genuine fast bowlers, mystery spinners or batsmen that are able to thrive in all conditions.


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    Test Cricket will be extinct by then and most of the World Will be playing T20s.

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    By current trends?

    IPL will be the only form of cricket.

    BCCI will be the only country playing cricket with its own leagues and England and Australia will play their normal Ashes rivalry.


    And I get so high.. And I just can't feel it....

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    Hong Kong Sixes.

    It's a little glimpse at our future.

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    Maybe a new 10 over format will be introduced by then.

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    Ten10

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    There will be no test cricket except Ashes. Most of the cricket will be played in T20 leagues. Bilateral ODIs will die too. There will be ODI tournaments like WC, CT, Asia cup, etc.

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    Cricket will be dead by 2040.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    Test cricket will die out and so will bilateral ODI's.Only T20I's will be played but the majority of cricket will be played in T20 Leagues across the world.

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    Great thread

    All 3 forms will survive. Afghanistan and Ireland will have test status with Zimbabwe (unfortunately) stripped of it. ODIs will be limited to World Cup and CT with the odd single game here and there before/after a bi-lateral test series. T20 Leagues will be HUGE but better regulated. Cricket will be a big CAREER OPTION for budding youngsters in love with the game and not just interested in watching.

    Women's cricket will be equally popular and have the same fan following as men's. Ellyse Perry's name will be taken in the same breath as Gary Sobers' or Jack Kallis'. ;)

    India and Pakistan wouldn't still have played a bi-lateral series and 'serious' fans of the two countries will be busy abusing each other with the same gay abandon as they are today.

    Be 'optimistic', folks.


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    2050 is only 30 years away.


    Quote Originally Posted by Saqs on Steve Smith
    And who taught him to bat? Chris Martin? Is he the Australian equivalent of ....wait, I'm struggling to think of another useless player of his calibre.

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    The only test cricket will be the Ashes.

    The 50 overs game will cease to exist

    T20 will take over and many more countries will be playing the game

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    1st of all let's hope that this BCCI dominance ends. They are doing a lot of bullying. I have a feeling of this dark days of cricket ending around 2019 or 2020

    Test cricket will survive and Ashes will keep it alive. Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, PNG, Nepal, Kenya & Namibia will be test playing nations by then and we will have 17-18 test teams in 2 or 3 divisions

    ODI cricket will be occasional with only WC's & other major multi nation tournaments happening

    T20 cricket will be bigger. There will be 3-4 months window for T20, 1.5-2 month window in April-May and another 1.5-2 month window in November-December. The 2nd window having 15-20 days for Champions league T20 in December. All T20 leagues will be happening in these windows only keeping the remaining 8 months for international cricket. The T20 window ends around 20-25 December so that test cricket returns on 26th with Boxing day tests

    This way balance will be maintained. Tours will comprise of 2-4 tests & 3-5 T20Is keeping ODIs limited to multi-nation tournaments only

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    Super over format.

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    On a more serious note, the game has to grow if it has to sustain and you cant expect to rely on just one nation. This is where ICC has shown a shockingly poor vision.

    T20 came up in early 2000 but it still isn't a premiere format. As much as the 'purists' dislike hearing it T20 is the way to go if we want to see cricket to be played amongst 20+ nations. It will still be played over 180-200 minutes which is more than most top sports around the globe.

    T20 leagues will take at least 6-8 months of calendar and international cricket might be reduced to just iconic series like Ashes, Ind-Aus/Ind-Pak, Pak-Eng etc and the global tournaments.

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    Cricket will definitely survive until 2050 but quality will be IPLesque.

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    Test cricket be finished and 50 overs will be reduced to 40 overs and be like Test Cricket of today.
    20 overs will be like ODI of today.
    And format like Hong Kong sixes or Last Man Stands will be the crown pulling games.

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    15 test and 30 odi countries playing competitive cricket.


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    Won't be much different than it is today, people are being overly dramatic.

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    I definitely see Afridi contemplating retirement by then

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    ODI may be completely replaced by T20s. The rest would be the same, same countries dominating, same countries complaining and same countries asking for a series from big ones.


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    Misbah would still be considering retirement and Sheryar Khan would still be our chairman.

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    South Asia will become the hub of cricket just like Europe and football. There will a year long Asian T20 league with month long breaks for international series in between throughout the year. The t20 league will be dominated by teams from India, a couple from Bangladesh, and one each from Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and maybe even one from Hong Kong, UAE and Nepal. If India-Pak relations improve half a dozen Pakistani teams could be part of the league as well.

    Non-Asian nations will lose interest in cricket domestically and won't have the popularity to compete with the Asian league but their international teams will survive with their best players living and playing in Asia. T20 franchises could have their own first-class and list a teams with interchangeable players. First-class and list a teams would have little importance but would be used for practice for international cricket.

    International cricket would be played on a 4-year cycle with only 3 match home and away bilateral series between nations serving as qualifiers for the World cup. In a 4-year cycle each team could play all other teams home and away once and facilitate an odi league with the top teams qualifying for the world cup. This would ensure small nations are toured by bigger nations and smaller nations would get to tour bigger nations as well ending the monopoly of powerful boards. Away wins could have slightly higher points than home wins. Lucrative bilateral series could have more than 3 matches but the points denomination would have to be adjusted towards a 3 match series to keep things constant.

    Test cricket could have its own league exactly like the odi league. Away wins would garner more points than home wins and a win would have much higher points than a draw encouraging teams to risk losing to win rather than playing out draws. This would promote a more exciting and strategic brand of test cricket, games may even become 4 day games beginning on Thursdays and ending on Sundays.

    T20 could have it's own qualification league like the odi league but would be played on a 2-year cycle instead, and all teams would not face each other but rather qualification could be divided into qualifying groups like it is in football. The top teams would qualify for the world t20.

    Fast bowlers will be an extinct breed, with variations in bowling being the key for spinners and medium pacers. Chuckers maybe given more margin for arm extension to keep things fair between bat and ball. Power-hitting will be more important than anything else and the best batsmen may just be exceptional sloggers who can put away almost any ball as long as they can read the ball off the pitch as well as off the bowlers hand, and have decent foot movement.


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    Interesting question. By 2050 I expect further emphasis on short formats, the BCCI continuing to block a test championship, bigger bats, no quality fast bowlers being produced, and posters on PP still talking about how much potential Umar Akmal has to be an ATG.

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    Pakistan will have won 3 world cups in a row and will be number 1 in all formats

    IPL will he finished. PSL will be the only T20 league played with all big name players from all countries except India.
    India would be a non major test playing nation.

    Pakistan will unleash two fast bowlers who will be bowling over 100mph consistently. And Ahmed Shehzad will retire after making 101 centuries and breaking Sachin Tendulkars record.

    Umar Akmal will still be holding the quickest ever 100 record of just 22 balls.
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    Test cricket will be completely extinct, younger folks may rave about test matches online but neither India, Pakistan or SL have any audience for test match at stadiums. Once BDesh becomes a decent side hype for test will die there as well. Test is already dying in Australia and cricket as a whole has plummeted in popularity in England

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    the D/L method will be forgotten because of the advancements in the climate control

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    Everyone said the same thing in 2000 about cricket dying. In 30 years, there probably won't be much difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Everyone said the same thing in 2000 about cricket dying. In 30 years, there probably won't be much difference.
    Cricket popularity has sustained because of T20. Test cricket has practically no audience except for in UK and Australia. Stadiums in India are empty even during this high profile series against Australia. If cricket has to survive it will thanks to LOI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Gomes View Post
    Cricket popularity has sustained because of T20. Test cricket has practically no audience except for in UK and Australia. Stadiums in India are empty even during this high profile series against Australia. If cricket has to survive it will thanks to LOI
    There were 23,000 people in Hyderabad Test vs Bangladesh last month. Average crowd was 10,000 which is not that bad for SC.

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    People are overeating LOL. I think maybe Asian teams might be more dominate but it won't be vastly different from today's game

    Hopefully we have more nations involved.

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    Done and dusted.

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    Test cricket is not going anywhere. It has survived 100+ years - it will survive many more.
    For T20 - there will be leagues galore. They will be highly dynamic. For example, we may have a league of IPL,PSL ,BDPL and SLPL.

    ODIs will be limited to big events like they are now. Rules may change drastically to give bowlers more chance.

    Sledging will be curbed. Players will be forced to play in a more gentlemanly manner.

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    Test cricket dead.. in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it's dead by 2025

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    i think if Test Cricket is still around it will be 4 day Tests. I think 5 Day Tests will be scrapped within the next decade.

    If ODI cricket is still around it might be reduced to 40 overs or reduced to 2 25 over innings. T20 will expand and become the most popular form of the game. Tests are dying though.

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    Dead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HateKiller View Post
    Test cricket is not going anywhere. It has survived 100+ years - it will survive many more.
    Keep dreaming. You really think people have any time to watch 5 day matches these days where most people have reduced attention span and patience? I know dozens of people who wouldn't watch a test match even if you pay them, let alone paying for it to watch at a stadium.

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    Test Cricket will never die.

    Balance between bat and ball will be restored. Trust me.

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    Test Cricket will live forever, ODIs will be replaced by T20's


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Tests are gradually decreasing.

    No more 5 match series like in years prior. Only Ashes and Ind-Eng.

    One/two match series are very common these days.

    The amount of Tests will be very scarce in 2050. Teams may 1 Test if any during their tours, but that's about it.

    The amount of ODIs being played is decreasing. The CT is basically dead. Nobody cares. ODI format is now just a longer version of T20 as seen by statistics after 2011 WC. Bilaterals used to have 6-7 games and tri-series were common. Not anymore. Even 5 match series are rare now, with the most common being 3 match series.

    ODI cricket will be almost dead as well. With only 1-2 ODIs being played per tour, if any.

    The 50 over WC will be dying similar to how the CT has been.

    T20 will be established as the most popular and prevalent format. Tours between international sides will occur during a 3-4 month period. The rest of the 8-9 months will be spent playing leagues across the world. I wouldn't be surprised if tours are completely, and cricket adopts a football/soccer-like international format. With international friendlies and qualifying matches being played during 2-week breaks from the leagues.

    The T20 WC will be very popular and 30+ teams will be playing in it. It will be almost as popular as the FIFA WC around the world.

    This is just a whim, but I don't see cricket dying, but instead, rapidly evolving. Just like most things in the world are doing. Growing exponentially.


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    Younis khan scored his 51st test century in capetown to help pakistan winning a series in south africa under Misbahul Haq

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    4 Day Tests will be established.

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    Also Day-Night Tests will take over and there would be no more Day Tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Test Cricket will live forever, ODIs will be replaced by T20's
    The ODI's are the ones that make money and help pay for tests. Outside of Aus, Eng and NZ of course. Tests are a loss making propositions for the rest.

    There are not enough international T20's to pay for anything. I am sure the BCCI, PCB et all will want it to stay that way to protect the IPL, PSL etc etc brand so that they continue to make the $$$.

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    Right now future of Test cricket will be questioned along with T20 leagues on its peak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shutdown Corner View Post
    There were 23,000 people in Hyderabad Test vs Bangladesh last month. Average crowd was 10,000 which is not that bad for SC.
    For an India match it is abysmal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketAnalyst View Post
    For an India match it is abysmal.
    Don't worry your dream of franchise based cricket isn't too far away.

    The only difference is, instead of teams playing, it will be IPL domestic competition churning out huge sums of money.

    Bit of like NBA in USA.

    Financially sound, tremendous amounts of money, but no one cares for it outside of USA to an extent that it would matter.

    Or MLB.


    And I get so high.. And I just can't feel it....

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    If cricket is restricted to only T20, and further seen as just run-scoring fest with rules favoring batsmen, negating everything (spin, swing, seam), then it will no more remain as "Cricket" it will be evolved into a different game! If people (of fast world) want to miss the "art" of cricket like skill of bowling & batting against spin, swing and seam, then its their wish. For that to happen the match has to go on for some length. If the ball doesn't get old and the surface is not scrubbed, then no way the quality of spin bowling becomes visible (and also batsmen playing against it) If cricket is not played in overcast condition/green pitch, then quality swing bowling will not be seen and also the batsmen combating it & then carrying his innings after 2 hours (or first day) will not be experienced!

    The reason for failure of 1 day cricket is this reason only. 1 day cricket was giving the flavor of test cricket in 1 day itself (especially when it was played in day-time) Ball getting old, not much batting friendly rules meant that the matches were interesting and not like extended T20.

    The reason for poor turnout for test matches & ODI matches (from financial point of view) is because of wide coverage for T20. If T20 was not there, people would have continued to watch Test & ODI matches with same interest (may not be with similar financial outburst). Teams like India would not have improved their fielding skills & athleticism (like 90s) and remained a team winning purely based on raw skills (That is the reason a team like Pakistan because of lesser financial throughput somewhat plays like as in 90s) While players from Australia & other countries have basic facilities for sports in general would remain the same always. Because of financial turnaround the Indian players & system got money to improve on everything at every levels.

    Hence cricket will be there, but may get evolved into totally different sport. If ICC plans to expand the market aggressively to various nations, then T20 will be the future. Otherwise if they continue slowly with the traditional way, then ODIs & Tests will exist for some more years, though we can't predict what happens at 2050, because its a long way to go (Somebody during 1970s & 80s wouldn't have dreamed about today's T20 and the kind of shots batsmen are playing today. They got clue only during 90s. Similarly we may get clue about anything only before 10 or 20 years prior)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Bassim View Post
    Don't worry your dream of franchise based cricket isn't too far away.

    The only difference is, instead of teams playing, it will be IPL domestic competition churning out huge sums of money.

    Bit of like NBA in USA.

    Financially sound, tremendous amounts of money, but no one cares for it outside of USA to an extent that it would matter.

    Or MLB.
    If, hopefully Pakistan gets it's internal affairs sorted, you guys will have an exceptional league as well. Apart from security being dicey, Pakistan has everything that is needed to make a league a gigantic success.

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    I would be 80+ years. Most likely I won't make it that far. Family history says so.

    So for me 2030 discussion would be a better deal. Hahahaha!!!

    If we don't be aggressive now and include other nations and take it to them, Cricket would be played by only handful nations. 15/16 at most.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketAnalyst View Post
    For an India match it is abysmal.
    23,000 in a 40K capacity is above average for a India Test...that too against a team like Bangladesh. Maybe there was free entry.

    I doubt there were may days with 50% attendence at Ranchi, Dharamshala, Pune for the recent Australia series.

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    I can see cricket will be dominated by India. Pakistan and Bd in 30 years. No one will be playing test cricket and T 20 will be the way to. IPL, PSL will be 7 month leagues.

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    It will be in Olympics soon then we will see some new strong teams coming up.
    US, China and a couple from Europe.
    They will be very strong teams and start dominating the cricket world in 4 years time.

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    Tests - Only a few countries will play Test cricket - Aus, Eng, SA and Ind. They should arrange a Test championship once every two years. No bilateral series.

    T20s - India should focus only on IPL. No bilateral series and it shouldn't participate in ICC world T20s.

    ODIs - Bilateral series should be encouraged. There should be a worldcup once every four years. No leagues.

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    Anyone else feeling a little depressed reading this thread, i want to go back to that 90-00 decade, when cricket was just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salman View Post
    Anyone else feeling a little depressed reading this thread, i want to go back to that 90-00 decade, when cricket was just right.
    Test cricket was never meant to survive in 21st century. It's literally no different than a lake trip where you go fishing for 5 days, except there are numbers to keep track of. Nobody except a few obsessed oldies and brainwashed kids has time to follow the matches, let alone watch it for 5 days.

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    IPL for 8 months. Majority of the top players will play only in IPL. Other domestic leagues may also running but with not too many Star players.

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