Brendon McCullum Fears For Longevity Of Test Cricket
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has echoed in on the potential dangers which Test cricket continues to face in this rapidly developing modern age. With an influx of T20 leagues which offer unmatched monetary benefits, players are willing to sacrifice their Test careers for that. This hasn’t gone down too well with the New Zealand legend, who has his own fears regarding the future of the format as a whole.
During an MCC meeting in London, also featuring MCC chairman Mike Brearley, McCullum gave the instance of South Africa’s AB de Villiers. It is noted that the South African ODI captain has taken a self-imposed exile from Test cricket in a bid to prolong his career till the 2019 World Cup. When a player of de Villiers’ class has to take such a call, it surely signals a negative sign.
“For international cricket to flourish, competitive levels need to be close and teams need to be able to field their best players,” said Brearley, suggesting about de Villiers. “The committee is worried that with the spread of privately owned T20 leagues and the rapid increase in remuneration, more players from countries lacking the funds to pay their top players well will choose these domestic tournaments ahead of making themselves available for their countries.”
Suggesting that T20 leagues weren’t the demons, McCullum mentioned, “I don’t see T20 leagues as the devil, by any stretch,” McCullum said. “But it’s how we continue to make sure Test cricket continues as an important game at the same time. That’s where there’s probably a tipping point: what’s more important? These leagues or the international game?
“The actual health of the game is outstanding but the perception in some parts of the world is that the entertainment of Test cricket is diminishing. So we’re trying to ensure there is context to every Test and we feel the Test Championship would bring that in and we encourage the ICC to continue to bring this to the table,” the Kiwi added.
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