OUR SAY: Cricket’s dramatic changes
THE local cricket season came to an end at the weekend, and congratulations to all the premiers, headed by repeat champions Harwood in the CRCA Premier League.
The great old game continues to have a strong following in the Clarence Valley, even if, like in all sports, numbers of players aren't as high as in years gone by.
The seven-day working week in many industries has made it more difficult for players to commit to a time-consuming game like cricket.
At an international level, the sport has plenty of problems despite generating billions of dollars each year.
At the top of the game the difficulty lies in finding the correct balance between the three forms of the sport - test cricket, one-day internationals and T20.
The T20 world championship is being played in India and is a form of the sport that continues to go from strength to strength, particularly in the subcontinent.
It is the form of cricket that is extending players' careers and making them very wealthy.
The damage it is doing to test and one-day cricket, however, is significant.
For those of us who love test cricket in particular, it is painful to see its decline.
If things continue as they are, it won't be long until T20 takes over as the pinnacle of the game, and Test cricket is just a niche contest.