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Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is “hurt” and the reason is apt. ECB proposed 100-ball competition in April this year and Virat feels that commercial side of cricket is taking over the “real quality” of the game.
According to ESPN report, “the 100-ball concept proposed two eight-team tournaments - for men's and women's teams - consisting of 15 traditional six-ball overs, and a final 10-ball over, a 20-delivery shortfall on traditional T20 matches.”
On the other hand, Kohli backed the T20 format but wasn't open to the concept of experimenting with a new format. "Obviously for the people involved in the whole process [of the 100-ball competition] and the set-up it will be really exciting but I cannot think of one more format, to be honest," Kohli told Wisden Cricket Monthly.
"I'm already very... I wouldn't say frustrated, but sometimes it can get very demanding of you when you have to play so much cricket regularly. I feel somewhere the commercial aspect is taking over the real quality of cricket and that hurts me.
"Honestly, I don't want to be a testing sort of a cricketer for any new format. I don't want to be someone who's going to be part of that World XI who comes and launches the 100-ball format. I love playing the IPL, I love watching the BBL, because you're working towards something, competing against high-quality sides and it gets your competitive juices flowing. That's what you want as a cricketer. I'm all for the leagues, but not to experiment."Kohli was also concerned about the performance of the budding cricketers as it will affect them at some point of time. He feels that people are going to lose motivation to play the longest format of the game.
"If you're not going to give more importance to first-class cricket, then people are going to lose motivation to play the longest format of the game," Kohli said. "And with the T20 format coming in I think there's far greater responsibility on all the cricket boards across the world to treat first-class cricket really well, because if the facilities and the standard goes up, then the motivation always stays. You don't want players to get into that mindset where they're finding the easy way out."
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