I am a cricket lover and obviously happy if its popularity climbs. Nepal has been an associate member of ICC (International Cricket Council) for many years now; and graph of popularity for cricket seems to be gradually replacing the football in the country, thanks to the successes achieved by Nepalese cricket team during the recent past. Like most of the south Asian countries, bollywood influence are prominent in the drawing rooms of many Nepalese. And with bollywood being directly involved in cricket tournaments like IPL, the popularity of cricket in countries like Nepal and Afghanistan is bound to scale higher.
The T20 concept & Bollywood Mix
One of the major reasons why cricket could not be a permanent feature in any of the world's leading sporting events like Olympic, is the duration of the game. Even one-day (50 overs a side) games lasts 7 hours as such, people don't have that much of time to spend into cricket for number of reasons. Even die-hard fans started advocating for some sort of reform in structure of cricket. And here came the solution: T20 cricket. It lasts about 3 hours - same to a typical bollywood movie duration. And with the bollywood stars actively involved in the IPL, the enthusiasm of people was at all time high (in regard to cricketing events) as the television viewers crossed 90 millions even before the final match. Its worth mentioning that last cricket World cup was watched on television screens by around 30 million people.The environment during the IPL T20 matches were truly electrifying: best of the players from around the world taking the games dead seriously, music on-air, dancing steps of the cheer leaders, glamorous presence of bollywood stars and a great media hype. One can't ask for more.
IPL's Impact on cricket
Too lightly, events in cricket are often described as historic or epochal; however, the grand success of IPL has made one thing quite clear that cricket will never be the same game as is used to be. With the rising popularity and huge monetary involvement, the aspiring cricketers are bound to take the game a bit too seriously. Many cricket experts acknowledge that the fan following and seriousness will increase in the emerging countries (in cricketing terms) in coming days.