Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa: Cricket - Still Elitist, Even in the Most Basic Format

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T20 offers the ideal opportunity for "the little guy" to challenge the big dog, and sometimes come out on top. The World T20 will begin next week and while it is a global event in name, a number of smaller teams are still being made to qualify for the main event - after already qualifying. Yes, we're confused too.

T20 is fun and unique for those seeking something a little more down to earth. It also represents the perfect opportunity for all countries across the world to be competitive. For those who have not yet set up first-class cricket structures to build towards 50-over and first-class cricket, T20 is ideal. It's short enough to allow those who might still need to work full-time jobs a chance to take part and it gives the underdog a chance to compete.

T20 cricket isn't without nous, but it can be won through individual brilliance and it is a global stage for smaller-time players to become heroes. If cricket is to grow bigger, stronger and more popular in all corners of the world, this is the format through which that has the potential to happen - with or without the approval...

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