West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has criticised International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to introduce the league system in Test cricket in their bid to increase the worldwide popularity of the longest format of the game, which has seen a steady decline in it’s popularity following the introduction of Twenty20 cricket.
The ICC is due to hold discussions with each of its member nations with regards to a proposed league for Test cricket.
However, Bravo was critical of the proposal and said that the ICC needs to face the reality.
“It will struggle because of the shorter formats of the game,” the Trinidadian said on Thursday (June 2).
“It’s shorter, it’s more entertaining, it’s more fan-friendly. The kids look more towards the shorter format,” he added.
Bravo, who retired from Tests in 2015 after playing 40 tests, said that it will take more than just the two divisional system to revive the format.
“I think people just have to face reality, times change. Kids realise that it will benefit them financially if they play the shorter format of the game.As a Test player, those who are in charge have to do something differently to encourage people to play Test cricket,” he observed.
“As professional players, this is what you do for a living. So it’s common sense, if you weight it up, if it doesn’t benefit you financially – players know and make decisions for their family and their careers,” Bravo noted.
Echoing Bravo’s sentiments, English pacer, Mark Wood is also critical of the proposals and believes players would rather have the possibility of facing all of the Test playing nations, rather than a select few.
“I really like the way it was. I don’t know if that would make it more competitive with the two divisions but I’d like to leave it the way it is,” Wood said.
“Representing your country and playing against all countries in different conditions is a huge challenge in itself.So for me I would like it to stay as it is,” he concluded.