Former England captain Andrew Strauss feels that Test cricket and burgeoning T20 cricket can coexist. At the same time, he noted that the format confronts a significant challenge as the cricketing world maintains its hectic schedule.
Strauss is the current chairman of the cricket committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and he is leading the high-performance review into the game’s future in the country.
There Needs To Be a Manageable Schedule For Players To Play Both The Formats: Andrew Strauss
“One thing we know in other countries, Test cricket doesn’t pay the bills, as it does here. The T20 format is the way that a lot of people get introduced to the game in the first place. I still maintain that they can sit together comfortably, Test cricket and T20 cricket.”
“But the challenge we have is (to provide a) manageable schedule that allows players to do both. That is really complicated. It’s multi-dimensional,” Strauss was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
“It definitely feels like right at the moment, the rate of change is increasing. And the truth is, none of us knows what’s around the corner so you can all look into the future and go, ‘Yeah, we’re going to have this situation where players are signed up to franchises for 12 months of the year and there’s less international cricket.’
We don’t know any of that at this point. The cricket world around us is changing unbelievably quickly. Every day, every week, every month, we’re seeing a new example of how that world is changing around us. And one thing that we’re having to ask ourselves in this country is where does our game fit into all of that?”Andrew Strauss added.