Lord's is the official keeper of cricket's relics and its history, "the game's spiritual core".
But, says Thomas Dyja, in his interesting though somewhat suspect Wall Street Journal account, "it's no longer where the money is, or the power - India has those now. A global mutiny has swept the cricketing world, pitting the realities of the marketplace against the purity of the game, and it all centers on a faster, louder, harder-hitting version called Twenty20, whose World Cup is being played here at. . .Lord's".
So Lord's is hosting the cricket that is supposedly pitted against it?
Is it bad that cricket has become popular in a variety of forms? Barrister Edward Bishop, a fan of both, puts it well -
"T20 doesn't acquire its own history, as test cricket does. It's a snapshot, not a book."