Alex Massie

The Twenty/20 Virus

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Regular readers may have noticed - but not necessarily been disheartened by - the absence of much cricket-related commentary here. There are a couple of reasons for its absence. First, I've been reading a lot in preparation for what I hope may become a longer-term project. Secondly, so much of the news these days is sufficiently depressing as to make one think that the game - that is to say, the game one knows and loves - is scarcely worth the candle.

And yet, despite this, there are occasional sparks of light. Consider the comments of Darren Ganga, for instance. The West Indian is no-one's idea of a titan, but he seems to have the sport's best interests at heart.

"Really and truly, this [Twenty20] is not really a benchmark for judging players. Test cricket is the ultimate," he told Colin Croft in a BBC interview on Friday. "There will be a point in time when a lot of people are going to get jaded over this version of the game and realise it doesn't show the true colours of a cricketer."

"It's going to taper off at some stage, I don't know when, but I think that most of the interest created by Twenty20 is going to die out and we'll revert to Test cricket once again because it is the real test of a cricketer."

Let us hope he is correct.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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