It seems T-20 will be the architect of the decline and fall of cricket in India. T-20, as such, cannot be blamed for the impending disaster, for it is an exciting game which produces a plethora of nail biting finishes. And, for the same reason, it became a money-spinner. Various organizations which conduct these matches at national and international levels began to attract big wigs and soon, scandal mongers and witch-hunters began to overshadow the game itself, much to the frustration of the cricket lovers. All these developments will adversely affect the morale of the players.
Even before the advent of T-20 there have been stray cases of match fixing and the like but such things never posed a threat to the game or the players.
Anyway, there is a ray of hope. Cricket continues to be the favorite game of the Indians and we have world class chess players as well. In view of this, it has to be protected from speculators and witch hunters. Let the media people—print and electronic—pay more attention to the game and the performance of the players than to those business minded elements and gossip mongers.