September 7, 1963 was the day that noticed the English county sport – and to a big extent, cricket as a complete – change perpetually. Up until that time, Check cricket was the one and solely format performed by sides.However the introduction of the Gillette Cup in 1963 noticed the start of a brand new, sooner model of the sport that many noticed as one of the simplest ways to avoid wasting a sport that was in industrial decline.
The ultimate was contested between Worcestershire and Sussex at Lord’s, which is able to perpetually stay etched in historical past because the first-ever main one-day remaining to be performed on the “Dwelling of Cricket”. Sussex ended the sport as champions, regardless of them solely managing a rating of 168 all out of their innings,
Nevertheless, they managed to limit the opposition to 154 to win the maiden Gillette Cup due to the tactical superiority of their skipper Ted Dexter. Dexter employed defensive ways akin to placing 9 fielders on the boundary in direction of the tip of Worcestershire’s innings.
Provided that one-day cricket was meant to be attacking in nature and that the uninteresting, defensive type of Check cricket employed within the 1950s was seen as the primary motive why followers have been pushed away from the sport within the first place, Dexter got here in for loads of criticism for being damaging.
Nevertheless, it’s price noting that there have been no guidelines stopping him from being defensive and his means to see the necessities of this new format noticed him lead Sussex to the title in 1964 as effectively.
English county cricket within the 1960s was in a nasty state financially, as a result of the truth that the game might now not draw massive crowds into the stadiums.
Whereas the post-war period noticed sellout crowds watch cricket video games regularly, the variety of paying spectators for the sport have been dwindling at alarming charges. One thing wanted to be finished to revive the game, and shortly.
The cricket committee of the Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC) met in 1961 to debate the opportunity of a one-day knockout event. The primary take a look at such a event, nonetheless, didn’t come till 1962 when a Midland knockout event was held between 4 counties – Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.
The industrial success of that event led to the Gillette Cup changing into an everyday fixture within the English home calendar till it was changed in 2010 by the ECB 40 competitors.
Nevertheless, the legacy of the primary ever one-day event lives on in trendy Twenty20 leagues just like the Indian Premier League, Large Bash League and the Caribbean Premier League, all of which stay profitable commercially.
First Revealed: September 7, 2018, 9:52 AM IST