The tide has turned. The cricketing public have spoken. One day cricket as it is known has been exiled. Perhaps forever. Never has the format seemed so redundant as was witnessed in the last international. The Windies were 4/sweet bugger all and the game was a foregone conclusion. It seems the 50 over format has become a casualty of it's own origins. Hark back 30 years and the halcion days of the one day format and the death of test cricket, as was heralded. The television public wanted results and it wanted them today. No longer would it be satiated with laboured draws.
Fast forward to the present and the television public and live audiences demand results, not just today, but right now! They don't want, or need a whole day of cricket. It seems almost a toss of the coin is enough contest to soothe the masses.
What we are witnessing here is not the death of a cricketing format but the not so subtle shift of human nature towards instant gratification.
Cricket is as great as it ever was. It is the same game we grew up with. It's perception that has changed and will continue to change.
The question is, do we change the game to suit perception at the risk of jeopardising it's history? Do we want to see full houses at games that merely resemble the game we love?