Rewind, don’t be kind
February 23, 2008
From my interview with Lalit Modi from two years ago.
Why is the BCCI averse to Twenty20?
Why not 25-25? Why not 30-30. The issue right now is that the countries advocating it are only England and Australia. They have a drop in stadium levels so they are advocating it. We fill our stadiums. We have enough crowds coming in. We’re just getting into the game now. First they want to play a world cup of 20-20. They’re not even talking about going and promoting twenty-20 in countries first, play it for five-ten years, build the basis of 20-20.They’re saying lets go straight to the world cup!
But if the ICC says that, would you be interested in playing Twenty20?
They are saying that. We’re not interested in playing Twenty20. If the ICC mandates us to do it, and we’re the only people left, I think we’ll have no choice [Italics mine]. But in my view, I think we must have a domestic calendar for it first. It’s a totally new game. It’s a batsman’s game…
And that’s why the Indian public will warm to it…
That may be so but we need to do it at the domestic level first! I’m not saying no. I’m saying we have to do it at the domestic level first.