Need To Change How We Look At Test Cricket - Kumar Sangakkara
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Need To Change How We Look At Test Cricket – Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara, Dimuth Karunaratne, ICC World Cup 2019
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Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara feels we need to change how we look at Test cricket. It is imperative to keep the pristine form of the game alive in the T20 era and the ICC must put in the efforts to do so. There is no denying the fact that the people are turning towards the shortest format of the game and thus it important to take the right steps.

Meanwhile, it should be understood that ICC should invest more in the oldest form of the game. The governing council has come up with Test championship and they would look to keep coming up with solutions for the survival of the red-ball version. Sangakkara who has all the experience under his belt reckons it is not going to work out if the authorities will see Test cricket as a ‘cash cow’.

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Kumar Sangakkara feels there is a need to value Test Cricket

It is pivotal to understand the current situation as people are more inclined to T20 cricket. All the countries have their respective T20 leagues and the Test format hasn’t been able to attract the big masses.

“If you are going to treat Test cricket as a cash cow I don’t think it is ever going to work. It’s not going to make financial sense,” the former left-handed batsman said while talking to Michael Atherton on Sky Sports Youtube Channel.

Kumar Sangakkara added that is crucial that the associate nations get motivated to play the Test fold so that it helps in bring more competition in the red-ball version. Bangladesh has shown some improvement but countries like Afghanistan and Ireland should be encouraged to play the multi-day format.

Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara
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Kumar Sangakkara has hit the nail on the head

“Sometimes Test cricket isn’t going to make sporting sense if you are going to market it to an American or someone who has not been involved in the game. Rather than trying to change their sense of Test cricket maybe we need to change how we look at Test cricket. Not everyone is going to have an iconic series like the Ashes with full crowd,” he said.

“Talk about how to build up the rivalries. Then what about Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and Ireland now… and Bangladesh who are the team on the rise but in the shorter formats,” he added.

Test cricket is the ultimate form of the game and it is essential that the governing council take the right steps to conserve it. It is also important ICC develops the interest for the Test matches in the young generation, who will be the future of the format.

 

 

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