Chat with Tim Anderson
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, we'll chat about the second most popular sport in the world: cricket, as the International Cricket Council's global development manager Tim Anderson stops by to chat.
Anderson's in charge of assisting the growth of cricket around the world, in advance of the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, which is set to take place in September with Sri Lanka hosting. The entire tournament will be broadcast on ESPN3.com
The Twenty20 format of cricket is one of the fastest growing games in the world and 2012 will be the fourth T20 world championship.
Send your questions now and join Anderson Monday at 2:15 p.m. ET!
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Tim, why do you think 20/20 cricket has grown so fast?
Tim Anderson (2:33 PM)
Because it's short, sharp, exciting format. And so therefore, people who are perhaps not used to cricket, it's a much more palatable form of cricket to get their head around.
Lenny [via mobile]
Tim you are in the U.S. so assess America's cricket present and future?
Tim Anderson (2:34 PM)
I think first thing we estimate there are about 15 million cricket fans in the U.S. that's a good market for cricket already. It's got significant potential. The World T20 being show live in the U.S. on ESPN3, it provides a greater opportunity for more people to see and understand what our game has to offer.
Tom [via mobile]
How long did you prepare for the world championships prior to the first one?
Tim Anderson (2:35 PM)
The first event was in 2007, which was won by India. The second was won in 2009 which was won by Pakistan. The third was in 2010 won by England. This one has a qualifying pathway for all members to qualify, which for us, demonstrates that T20 is the best vehicle for globizaliation that cricket has.
The 20/20 format of cricket looks like it will be a part of the Olympics in the near future and it's one of the fastest growing sports in the world....so, what place do you feel that Test cricket has in international play?
Tim Anderson (2:37 PM)
Obviously, within the current members the Test format is still part of their system. Outside of that, the next top 8 countries in the world play in the intercontinental cup, which is the ICC's four day competition. So, there is scope for Test cricket to grow outside of the current 10, but generally speaking out of ICC's bigger population, it might be that T20 is what most are embracing.
Larry [via mobile]
Whats the iccs role in getting cricket to the Olympics?
Tim Anderson (2:38 PM)
Cricket is a non-participating member of the Olympic committee at the moment. However, ICC is currently investigating the feasability of cricket becoming an Olympic sport in the future and cricket also potentially being a part of the multi sport games that take place around the world.
Steve [via mobile]
Whats the biggest part of your job?
Tim Anderson (2:39 PM)
The biggest job today has been carrying the World 20/20 trophy around the ESPN campus. Outside of that, ICC has a global team of professionals that try and assist the development of the sport outside of the traditional markets and I'm lucky enough to oversee that process and work with our members to grow our great sport.
Greg [via mobile]
How important is it to ICc to push the 20/20?
Tim Anderson (2:41 PM)
Very important. Particularly in the context of our global desire for cricket to become a global game, but equally 50 over cricket remains the pinnacle of the shorter formats and therefore the ICC's Cricket World Cup is the pinnacle event of world cricket. World Test Cricket is also important to many members.
The only way to increase interest in USA is by having an established organized league (meaningful) format for Twenty20. Why not have World Twenty20 every year on the lines of NFL and NBA to declare world champions?
Tim Anderson (2:42 PM)
I think that's because we have three formats and it does need to be balanced in international competition. However, in saying that, within this U.S. market, soccer has recently partnered with New Zealand cricket to form Cricket Holdings America, LLC and they are currently considering a franchised based format of a North American league to commence in 2013.
David [via mobile]
How seriously have you seen teams take the 20/20 tournament?
Tim Anderson (2:43 PM)
Incredibly seriously. It's cricket's marquee international event at T20 level where the best nation's play against the best nations. Come Sept. in Sri Lanka, there is no question that every team will be wanting to get the trophy.
Will [via mobile]
Where would you like to see the t20 go?
Tim Anderson (2:45 PM)
ICC is currently considering the events that will be a part of its next rights cycle post 2015 and developing territories have been given an opportunity to submit bids to host World T20s in the future.
Tim Anderson (2:48 PM)
ICC is very excited that the ICC World T20 will be broadcast live and exclusive in to the U.S. on ESPN3. We're looking forward to not only existing cricket fans in the U.S. tuning in, but also having the opportunity for other sports fans in the U.S. who don't know cricket will have an opportunity to watch the best world cricket players in one of the biggest world cricket competitions. Thank you for your interest. I've enjoyed chatting with you.