A lot has been written and said about the recognition and longetivity of the purest format of cricket. Test cricket has been on the backfoot ever seeing that T20s came into existence. A big section of fanatics, or spectators, have time and again shown their inclination toward T20s which is result-oriented and wraps up inside three and a half hours. Explaining ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar’s current claims on “Test cricket is demise”, ICC CEO Dave Richardson said that Tests desires a shot in the arm, however hasn’t misplaced on popularity.
Richardson said as announcing by ESPNCricinfo, “What he (Manohar) was which means to say is Test cricket changed into calling out for greater context. Yes, there are some iconic contests that take area now and again, but actually, except you are part of or keen on the collaborating teams that unique series had no real hobby (to lovers globally). And with the introduction of the World Test Championship, that provides interest and allows to sell the Test sport worldwide regardless of who is playing. That is what he was saying: Test cricket wished just that introduced increase, it needed to be promoted and the World Test Championship with a bit of luck is the answer to that,” opined the previous South African.
Test cricket’s popularity has been in talks given that a long time. However, opposite to the claims, the share of attracts within the longer format has declined substantially within the last few years. Since January 2018, touring sides have tasted an awful lot success inside the layout. While India ran South Africa close at their home turf, they defeated Australia to win their first Border-Gavaskar Trophy Down Under. England whitewashed Sri Lanka at domestic, New Zealand got the higher of Pakistan in UAE, Sri Lanka drew degree with West Indies in the Caribbean island whereas Sri Lanka beat South Africa, 2-zero, within the African country last week.
Richardson remained firm on his assessment on Tests and hopes for a high quality alternate with the creation of upcoming World Test Championship. “Maybe the manner that human beings are following Test cricket is one of a kind to what it became say 10, 20 years ago. But I don’t suppose it’s far loss of life. The (World) Test Championship, even though, will offer more context and extra hobby and simply be an extra hat peg that we will grasp our hats on.”
Currently, Virat Kohli-led India are the number one ranked facet in ICC Test Rankings. New Zealand are positioned at the second one spot while South Africa are proper behind the Black Caps at No. Three.