Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble believes that Test cricket is still loved by the players across the globe. He further feels that youngsters want to excel in this traditional format of cricket, in particular. Well, this statement has surfaced at a crucial time when a lot is happening in the cricketing landscape. Kumble, who is also the head of the ICC cricket committee, will chair a meeting in March over the proposal of the committee–to reduce Tests to four days from five.
Besides, Kumble has advocated Test cricket in a time when young cricketers are inclined toward T20I cricket and distinct T20 leagues all over the world.
Kumble has been a legend of the game. He has the most Test wickets as an Indian bowler and the third most in world cricket. Kumble holds the record for getting 10 wickets in an inning. He has the most ODI wickets being an Indian (337). He has the most International wickets by Indian and third in the world, with 956 wickets behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne.
Anil Kumble reckons Test cricket is still the favourite among the players:
Kumble believes that there is a challenge to keep players focused on domestic cricket.
“I think everybody wants to play Test cricket, that’s very clear. The generation of cricketers certainly want five-day cricket and that’s something very obvious. “There is some challenge in keeping everyone focused and pushed towards playing domestic competition especially Ranji Trophy,” Kumble said.
There have been mixed reactions on the shortening of Test cricket. Veteran cricketers like Mark Taylor, Shane Warne, and Michael Vaughan have advocated the shortening of the format. Whereas, current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is against it. It will be interesting to see whether or not the committee shortens the format after the meeting in March.