India's ace offspinner R Ashwin finds the England and Wales Cricket Board's ambitious project The Hundred "exciting and enjoyable" and wants people to stop "making irrelevant comments". The cricket's all-new avatar got underway last week and has received its fair share of criticism.
"Those who did not understand this format commented vaguely about frequent changes in rules and formats. To many, innovation is not encouraged and is often misunderstood," said Ashwin on his YouTube channel.
"When someone films a movie, we should watch it in the theatre and then criticise it. Making irrelevant comments even before going to the theatre does not work. We should appreciate the attempt and give credit to it."
The 34-year-old watched the women's match between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals and was thrilled by it. "I watched a women’s game between Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals. Though names were different, the game was outstanding, and women’s cricket is here to stay. I’d be glad if women’s IPL is all set to happen."
"Hundred format has had an exciting start, and let’s see how it goes. Many believe this format can affect the performances of players. But I have found The Hundred enjoyable, and it can be called a sporting festival season. After tough times, experiencing live sports in cricket is something great."
India's former captain Sunil Gavaskar recently said that he wasn't too impressed with the ongoing franchise-based league.
"Having seen it on TV, the only word that comes to mind is insipid. The cricket is ordinary and the coverage average with basic mistakes in player information which, if made in the sub-continent, would have been mocked at especially by the former England players, not to speak of the headlines that the tabloids would have generated.
"The former players are raving about the crowds but here too as yet the fierce loyalty of the franchise fans is not seen. Maybe, the experience at the ground is different but as far as first impressions go, it's not been a great one," Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Mid-Day.