ICC Chairman: Test Cricket is DyingCricket

February 08, 2019 11:23
ICC Chairman: Test Cricket is Dying

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International Cricket Council Chairman Shashank Manohar said that the Cricket’s longest format Test Cricket is dying so we are introducing World Test Championship.

“We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.

He further added, “If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don't have five days time to watch a Test match.”

Manohar said, “From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast,”

ICC chairman Shashank Manohar also talked about introducing cricket game in Olympics.

He said, “We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles.”

“The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days? "For that you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries. They are played elsewhere, so to finish the tournament you will need a minimum of four stadiums.”

-Sai Kumar

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