Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara weighed on the benefits on introducing a minimum Test match fee for all countries to stop younger players from ditching five-day cricket for lucrative Twenty20 leagues.
Test Cricket has long been a competitive format but Twenty20 cricket has slowly stolen all the attention with the introduction of big money.
The Indian Premier League has by far been the most expensive league in the world of cricket. A total close to Rs 640 Crore was spent at the recently concluded IPL auction.
When it comes to Test cricket, the big three, namely India, Australia and England rejoice a far better earning compared to players from Zimbabwe, West Indies or even Sri Lanka. Therefore, instead of playing Test cricket, youngsters tend to play franchise based cricket for a better income.
“T20 is the ideal format to introduce – you talk about the Americas, with China. Since its inception it’s been a huge pillar of strength for world cricket. But there are a few negatives … a lot of young players taking up T20 instead of playing international cricket. There are various things that have been discussed, about parity of pay, especially when it comes to match fees for Test cricket. Shouldn’t there be a blanket minimum pay for Test cricketers?” Sangakkara told AFP on Wednesday.
“We need to understand what Test cricket means to players and what it is to fans. Relevance in sport is so important in terms of not just growing the sport but also sustaining it. I think international cricket is very strong still. For any player, I think the honour of representing their country be it in Test, one-dayers or T20 cricket, it’s still the pinnacle of the game,” he added.
The 40 year old had a remarkable Test career, international and domestic. He continues to play franchise based Twenty20 cricket around the world.
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