KARACHI: Former Pakistani international batsman Javed Miandad on Thursday warned lucrative Twenty20 leagues were “a virus” which threatened to kill off Test cricket.
Miandad said the leagues offered such good money that playing international cricket — particularly the long form of the game — was becoming less attractive, calling on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to step in.
“Twenty20 cricket is a virus and if the ICC doesn’t restrict matches of this format it will finish Test cricket as leading players will no longer want to play for their country,” Miandad, who played 124 Tests for Pakistan, told AFP.
“Some of the Australian players could have represented their country longer but retired to play T20 leagues two years ago,” Miandad said.
“When Twenty20 cricket started I had smelled this format will damage cricket, now the game will not see quality players as they are now more attuned to play the big-hitting game than the traditional and classical way.
“With the introduction of Twenty20 leagues, the notion that ‘country comes first’ is also hit for six because when there is a choice between national duty and more money, players will choose money.
“I sincerely pray that T20 cricket is restricted, otherwise the game will suffer badly.”
Miandad’s reaction came after 11 Pakistani players were snubbed at the IPL player auction in Mumbai on Tuesday.
In my opinion, why can't we take it that way that instead of taking solid steps, like organizing of similar sort of tournaments like IPL, we were just busy giving statements and doing nothing in practical. This is where we lag and where India scored. We all know, since a decade we've capitalize on the Indians, now when they're in power its an understood thing that they'll return you the same! So why that much wobble, and plus taking strong actions like making 2 separate teams for Test and ODI cum T20 module, we're content with what we've got.
Plus emerging of patriotism is the responsibility of the elders, when there would be sense of patriotism, there won't be something like that.
You've to work hard for to develop a player and to develop its weakness into its strong point, but here we're running away from the hard-work and just contented with the usage of available resources without any planning for the future.
I must agree there must be some limitations in playing of T20