T20 May Kill Value Of Test Cricekt: Experts
Federation of International Cricketers Association CEO Tony Irish is concerned about the future of Test cricket may be downgrading due to attractive formats of Twenty20 and leagues like Indian Premiere League (IPL).
In the latest sports news segment of London Telegraph Irish said if the ICC fails to bring radical changes to the format the bilateral Test cricket may die soon.
ICC CEO Dave Richardson meanwhile has ruled out any such alleged change might take place until 2019 when the present Future Tour Program to end.
Irish argues the 2019 timeframe might be too late to save the Test cricket. He said it will be troublesome by then as the threat is real.
Irish added the players are turning more towards the T20 leagues as they are paid more there compared to the Test cricket.
He cited the examples of West Indies players Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle who have opted for freelance cricket over national duties.
Several sports news tabloid reports in many countries it would be difficult to keep Test cricket stronger.
Irish said, “The two T20 leagues (IPL and Big Bash) are an internal market and free agency is on the rise. The West Indies are just a forerunner of the free agency change and we have got to do what we can to make international cricket as attractive as it can be to players.”