Test cricket will not survive: McCullum

Former New Zealand star Brendon McCullum said he is feeling dubious about the future of Test cricket against the aggression of franchise based T20 leagues all over the world.

Brendon McCullum, currently playing for Royale Challengers Bangalore talked during an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, “I firmly believe that Test cricket won’t be around in time, because there’s only so many teams that can afford to play it.”

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McCullum said he considers Test cricket as the purest form of the game but also said realistically thoughts don’t point out the surveillance of Test cricket over the time.

“People are turning up and watching T20 not just at games but also on TV – society’s changing, isn’t it? People don’t have four or five days to commit to Test cricket. They might watch the first session, and the last session on day five if it’s tight, but they’re not going to then you strip it back a level as well and you think domestically, how can teams around the world afford to even exist?” he said.

“Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don’t see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match,”

“I don’t buy that you need residual [Test match] skills to be able to then transfer into T20. To me, they’re played with the same instruments but they’re completely separate games. I think once we do separate it even more, then the skill level of T20 cricket will go to a whole new level altogether,” he said.

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