Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that there’s a want to cease treating Test cricket as a “cash cow”, and the boards ought to proceed to spend money on the format no matter whether or not it’s leading to monetary returns or not. Speaking to former England captain Michael Atherton in a video uploaded on Sky Sports Cricket Youtube Channel, Sangakkara stated that there’s a want worldwide to change the notion in regards to the format.
“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 previous left-handed batsman stated.
The International Cricket Council (ICC), final yr, got here up with World Test Championship to rejuvenate the longest format within the period of T20s. Sangakkara, who at present holds the place of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President, believes that sustaining such tournaments could possibly be a tough process, however it have to be executed to guarantee Test cricket stays alive.
“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 stated.
“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.
“So what are we going to do about that? Are we going to forget about that? Two-tier Test cricket… Test Championships… just do whatever it takes but it that doesn’t work, sustain it. Put in the money,” he additional stated.
The inaugural World Test Championship, which started in 2019 is initially slated to finish with the ultimate at Lord’s in 2021. But with coronavirus leaving cricket calender to shreds, there’s a likelihood that the match is likely to be restructured and rescheduled.