Sangakara urges to change mentality about test cricket
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara urges to stop treating Test cricket as a “cash cow”. He also insisted that the boards should continue to invest in the format either it is resulting in financial benefits or not. He urged that there is a need worldwide to change the perception about the format while speaking to former England captain Michael Atherton.
“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 former left-handed batsman said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) launched World Test Championship to revive the longest format. Sangakara believes that retaining such tournaments could be a difficult task, but it must be done to ensure test cricket remains lively and appreciated.
“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 said.
“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 further said.
The World Test Championship which began in 2019, was said to end by the final in 2021 in Lord’s. But as the cricket events has been called off due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. Therefore, it’s obvious that it will take more time to end the championship and all the pre-scheduled matches need to be rescheduled.