Bloggers here on Khelo Pakistan begin their writing with pre or post match reviews but I choose to start with fans.In the absence of a fan base, the beautiful game of cricket would go the way of Pakistani hockey. A sport where the size of press office often exceeds the crowds in the stadium. To understand the game in all its aspect, it is important to understand that how different people view this game differently
I identify two broad categories of fan. There are those who typically appreciate the long form of the game--- the five day, red cherries, all whites clothing ---- would applaud a good performance irrespective of the team and seem to have an artistic attachment to the game.
Then there is fanatic, for whom the event is a conflict between good and evil to be won at any cost. The fanatics look upon it as a game about heroes and villains, with the heroes turning up for their team. The One Day Internationals (ODIs) target the audience. In this form of the game, it is significant that teams dress in different, more clannish forms of clothing.
To summarize this: Test match cricket targets the fans ODIs the fanatic.
What about t20? Twenty20 as a concept does a better job of targeting the fanatic. This is mostly because it does away with the ODI's middle overs (20-40), which to the fanatic a drag. The twenty20 format allows the fanatic to indulge in titter, and of course Twenty20 does not have the dead phase between overs 20 - 40. So it's a slicker proposition. The addition of cheerleaders completes the symbolism: defeat the enemy, grab the loot, and get the girl Bang!
Now how their attitudes are different: