Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell don’t think Test cricket will be extinct any time soon. However, he certainly believes that some of the best players in the world will be attracted to choose the lucrative T20 tournaments instead of the game’s longest format.
With the announcement of two new T20 tournaments to be played in the UAE and South Africa, there was a fierce debate over whether players would choose club over country. Decisions of Ben Stokes withdraw from ODI cricket and Trent Boult from New Zealand’s central contract added more air to this debate.
Speaking to Wide World of Sports on Saturday, here’s what Ian Chappell has to say about the future of Test cricket:
“(Test cricket) won’t die in my lifetime. But who will play it? That’s a big question. If you don’t have your best player, is the Cricket Test worth watching? The answer is yes. Probably not. Test cricket is a good game, but it has to be played well.”
Ian Chappell in the challenge board will have to face to keep their players
Ian Chappell also spoke of cricket boards like those of the West Indies, who have had payment issues with their players for quite some time. The 78-year-old thinks such issues will always make it difficult for these boards to retain world-class players as they often want to earn more.
To this, Chappell stated:
“I think a lot of older players will get offers from that region, and that will be a real challenge for countries like Australia, which have a lot of good players, and also for countries that can’t afford the best for their players. price.”
Ian Chappell also emphasized that the schedule of the aforementioned T20 tournaments may conflict with the schedule of Big Bash League (BBL). In such a scenario, the Australian players would need to make a choice between the two groups.
The Australian legend suggested that since several IPL brands are the owners of these teams, Cricket Australia may find it extremely difficult to convince their players to stay in the BBL:
“Then you’ve got the problem of IPL franchising owning teams in different leagues around the world. If you have a suitable IPL contract and the choice is between Australia and the franchise’s UAE team Your IPL, you will put the IPL Contract at risk.”
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