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One format of cricket that seems to have been wiped out by international cricket of all kinds in the last decade is the double-wicket one. Two players in a team, about six such teams, everyone who isn’t bowling or batting is fielding, batsmen lose runs for getting out and a team bats for about 2 to 4 overs. It was a popular format for a long time. In the 90s (and at least till 2003), top cricketers took time out to play in such exhibition games and there was some telecast of it for sure.
Just last week, in what could have been such a mini off season, India’s top players were playing in Surat, a T20 game between Sachin XI and Sehwag XI. Twenty20 is now both exhibition and competition. I wonder if this is the biggest minus of T20. It will just about push to existence all the fringe formats of cricket which survived because there was a time and need for them (there is of course the excruciating T10 being played by the “B and C centers” like Ludhiana and Daman which I choose to ignore). The 6s competition still happens but is hardly visible. Martin Crowe’s Max cricket has now stopped (India played it in, as late as, 2002… and lost… if I’m not wrong).
Because the sport allows you to create plenty of combination of rules, it is rather worrying that we might not see anything other than T20 for a while. Double-wicket cricket was also very popular at tennis-ball level, festival tournaments. But it is so easy to just play T20/T10 instead. I hope that at least book cricket is still played in schools and colleges.

By the way, this day that (2007) year

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