Very often, the popularity of IPL is given priority over any other format of modern day cricket. Reasons like its grand scale, exclusive global format, its ever increasing following world-wide, the magnitude of money involved, the income, the competition of getting TV rights, the endorsements, and ever thrilling results surely stand it apart . However, the CLT-20 is also making its presence felt although this year the ongoing football season and the 14th Asian Games have affected its viewership. But surely manay of the fans feel that CLT-20 has its limitations so far as its expansion is concerned.
CL also provided an opportunity for all the players to play alongside the cricketers from other top cricket playing nations. This certainly gives them a chance to learn their technique, the adaptability, the improvisation and most importantly an on line unparallel exposure. Just imagine, a 20 years old Indian player Pawan Negi sharing the crease with an international player Brendon McCullum. This is what is perhaps called a fruitful learning curve.
In this context, The Hindu is running a very interesting story wherein it has been emphasized that CSK coach Stephen Fleming is surely a visionary who has seen a lot of potential in CLT-20. Elaborating on the benefits garnered by CL-T20, he stated that this tournament has a substantial influence on few of the domestic teams from outside India. Particularly, for the New Zealand side Northern Knights, the money is a crucial factor. Also, it is understood that since the team is receiving a lot of attention from the media, its profile is definitely going to improve. Also owing to its financial benefit, there is a real emphasis on sides in New Zealand to qualify for the tournament. And if the team’s good performance will lead to a very good spin-off effect.
Commenting upon the CLT-20’s complete global participation, and whether it has the percentages right, Fleming narrated that it is not so much. He firmly believes that the organizers would like to add other countries and try to expand it, but given the amount of cricket that is being played it does not appear to be possible. He added that CLT-20 is the best global product as of now and both the Indian as well as the foreign players value its importance.