Test Cricket Is About Rivalries Not Money Making: Kumar Sangakkara

Test Cricket Is About Rivalries Not Money Making: Kumar Sangakkara

Virat Kohli, India, ICC Test Championship
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket has evolved around in the past few decades and so have cricketers. Test cricket still remains the premier format but it has gradually lost its sheen since the inception of T20 cricket and the ever-evolving brand of cricketers. For professional cricketers it still remains the most testing format. Over the years, some of the finest cricketers have graced this format, and etched their names in history.

The T20 cricket era has brought glitz, glamour, money and a fast-track way for young players to earn recognition. It has also added some disadvantage for the players. Youngsters these days are more focused to play in the shortest format than trying to earn a call-up in the Test cricket.

Test Cricket Is About Rivalries Not Money Making: Kumar Sangakkara
Sachin Tendulkar after falling short of his landmark 100th 100 in the 2011 Oval Test [Photo-Getty]

You can’t treat Test cricket as a cash cow: Kumar Sangakkara

The World Test Championship was introduced to glorify the longest format of the game in the T20 era. Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) President Kumar Sangakkara believes if the format is seen as a cash making event it will never work. He said, not every format can have a series like the Ashes, indicating that the Tests is more about rivalries than money making.

“If you are going to treat Test cricket as a cash cow I don’t think it is ever going to work. It’s not going to make financial sense,” the former left-handed batsman said.

Kumar Sangakkara, Babar Azam, Pakistan, PSL 2020, Karachi Kings
Kumar Sangakkara (Credits: PCB)

“Sometimes Test cricket isn’t going to make sporting sense if you are going to market it to an American or someone who has not been involved in the game. Rather than trying to change their sense of Test cricket maybe we need to change how we look at Test cricket. Not everyone is going to have an iconic series like the Ashes with full crowd,” he said.

“Talk about how to build up the rivalries. Then what about Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and Ireland now… and Bangladesh who are the team on the rise but in the shorter formats,” he added.

The ICC is still to take a decision on the World Test Championship which is hampered due to the Covid-19 crisis.