India Legend Warns ICC of Test Cricket’s Doom

India Legend Warns ICC of Test Cricket’s Doom. The World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev, believes the ICC should prioritize ODI and Test cricket over franchise leagues.

With T20 leagues spreading around the world, there appears to be a major shift in the way cricket competitions will be held in the future. In addition to the Indian Premier League, the Pakistan Super League, and the Big Bash League, the UAE and South Africa are now launching their own T20 cricket leagues. With so many franchise leagues around the world, the majority of which have generated significant commercial interest, several experts have predicted that cricket may follow in the footsteps of football, where players compete in club competitions for the majority of the year.

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Kapil Dev Believes that the money generated by franchise T20 leagues should be used to preserve Test cricket.

“I think it’s fading out,” Dev told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. “The ICC bears a greater responsibility for how this game is managed. It’s following in the footsteps of football in Europe. They do not compete against each other. It happens once every four years (during the World Cup). Is this what we’re going to get, the World Cup and then playing club cricket the rest of the time?”

Dev added that it is ICC’s responsibility to ‘ensure the survival’ of Tests and ODIs. “In a similar way, will cricketers eventually be playing mainly the IPL or the Big Bash or something like that? So the ICC have to put more time into that to see how they can ensure the survival of one-day cricket, Test match cricket, not only club cricket,” he said.

“Club cricket is OK for a while. The Big Bash is OK. But the South African league is coming, the UAE league is coming. If all the countries are going to play the club cricket, then international cricket will be only for the World Cup.”

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