Thursday, February 21, 2019 | ePaper

Test cricket is 'dying': ICC Chairman

  • Print


Agency :
Test cricket is "dying", the Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) warned Thursday, adding the new world championship could help save the longest format of the game.
While Tests in Australia and England still draw sizeable crowds, filling stadiums and boosting interest in the five-day game has been a challenge in the rest of the cricket world for years.
"We are trying to see whether (the) Test championship can generate interest, because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest," International Cricket Council Chairman Shashank Manohar told reporters in Dhaka.
"So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board... came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game."
The Ashes series between arch-rivals England and Australia will kick off the World Test Championship in July, and the two top sides will face off in a final in 2021.
Manohar, who is in Dhaka to watch the final of the Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 tournament, said the shortest version of the game now provides maximum ratings for broadcasters.
"Nowadays, people don't have five days... to watch a Test match. From 10 to 5, everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch (Tests)," he said.
T20s are "over in 3.5 hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast".
Manohar, a former president of the Indian cricket board, said the sport still faces challenges in its bid to become more global, including being added to the Olympics.
ICC officials in the past have expressed their willingness to submit an application for cricket to be included in the Paris 2024 Games.
But there are logistical obstacles, such as suitable venues for cricket, Manohar admitted, saying there is some way to go before it is featured on world sport's biggest stage.
"There are certain countries which are still not convinced whether to participate or not," he added.
The only time cricket was played at the Olympics was in 1900, with just two teams -- Britain and France.

More News For this Category

 BD lose to NZ in third ODI

BD lose to NZ in third ODI

Sports Reporter :Despite Sabbir Rahman's century Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by 88 runs in the third and last One Day International (ODI) match at Dunedin in New Zealand

Fail to take wickets in crucial times: Mashrafe

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said they failed to take wickets in crucial times and that was the cause behind their defeat of their third ODI against New Zealand. He

India-Pakistan World Cup clash to be discussed at next ICC meeting

Agency :The clamour for India's boycott of 2019 World Cup match against Pakistan is rising by the day. The match to be held at the Old Trafford ground in

Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

Mithun ruled out of 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

UNB, Dhaka :Due to a hamstring injury, Mohammad Mithun, the right-handed middle-order batsman of Bangladesh, has been ruled out of third One-day International against New Zealand which is scheduled

Tamim seeks better batting display in first 10 overs

Tamim seeks better batting display in first 10 overs

UNB, Dhaka :Ahead of the third and final ODI against New Zealand in Dunedin on Thursday, Bangladesh's batting stalwart Tamim Iqbal said he is looking forward to seeing a

Indian cricket star calls for Pakistan World Cup boycott

Indian cricket star calls for Pakistan World Cup boycott

AFP, New Delhi :Spin star Harbhajan Singh has called for India to boycott their World Cup game against Pakistan in June in protest at a Kashmir attack which left

Tigers aim to restore lost pride in 3rd ODI tomorrow

Tigers aim to restore lost pride in 3rd ODI tomorrow

BSS, Dhaka :Bangladesh cricket team aim to restore of their some lost pride as they face host New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the series scheduled

India on Finch's mind after stunning Big Bash win

AFP, Melbourne :Australian limited overs skipper Aaron Finch heads to India on Monday with a skip in his step after leading the Melbourne Renegades to the Big Bash League

Girona beat Real Madrid

Girona beat Real Madrid

BBC Online :Real Madrid missed the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona came from behind to record a surprise away win on Sunday.Casemiro powerfully headed in

'Universe Boss' Gayle to retire from ODIs after

'Universe Boss' Gayle to retire from ODIs after

AP, Antigua :Veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle announced on Sunday that he will retire from one-day international cricket after this year's World Cup in England and Wales.The big-hitting