International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar said on Thursday that the longest format of the game is dying as the people nowadays don’t have time to watch the five days game that is why the Test Cricket is dying.
Currently, on an invitational visit to Bangladesh, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar shared that the World Test championship will set to begin after the ICC World Cup this year. It is expected that this initiative has been taken to save the longest format of the game.
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The Test matches in Australia and England still see a lot of crowds but it has become a challenge for years to draw people in the rest of the cricket world.
“We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest,” Manohar said. “So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” he further added.
While talking about the TRPs, Manohar, who is currently in Dhaka to watch the final of the Bangladesh Premier League T20 Tournament, shared that the shortest format of the game draw more people than any other version as well as provides most ratings for the broadcasters.
“If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have five days time to watch a Test match.”
“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.”
Although Manohar also added that there are some problems which are posing a major hurdle to their plans of including cricket in the Olympics. Moreover, the Olympics take 15 days only and to finish a world event of cricket within this small time would be difficult.
“We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?” he said. “For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries. They are played elsewhere, so to finish the tournament you will need a minimum of four stadiums.”
However, the competition for Test cricket will be played over two-year cycles and the first edition of the championship will start after the 2019 ICC World Cup which will continue till April 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during that period in a home and away format. The top two teams of the point table will lock horns with each other in the championship final.
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