Senior Cricketers should promote Test Cricket: Steve Waugh
Australian Legendary Cricketer and former captain Steve Waugh, said senior cricketers should promote Test cricket in their respective countries as the lure of shortest format Twenty 20 is having great impact on the longest format. Senior Cricketers should promote Test Cricket: Steve Waugh
The Australian great who played 168 test matches with over 10 thousand runs and 50+ average feels this generation Cricketers are not leaving good motivation for the next generation cricketers to dream about playing the longest format of the game. Which every Cricketer should dream about playing for his/her country.
Steve cited the decline of Test Cricket in West Indies who once used to reign the whole Cricketing fraternity as an example. West Indies are yet to win a test match against the top 4 nations playing the 5 day games but they are the World Champions in the T20 format.
He believes “The incentive to become great Test match cricketers is not as great as it is in Australia,We have to hope senior cricketers in each country keep promoting Test cricket.”
“Australian players still always talk about the baggy green cap and playing for their country and the responsibility rests with senior players in every country (to do the same.)”Waugh told News Ltd on Tuesday (July 26).
Senior Cricketers should promote Test Cricket: Steve Waugh Although the whole blame can not put on the Players in the Caribbean as the WICB is found to be having disputes with the players for sometime now. The board stated that only players who make themselves available for the domestic four-day competition can play in Test cricket for the national side. But their domestic season clashes with the several T20 tournaments around the world, players are forced to make a choice, rendering them ineligible if they pick the latter.
This generation greats of the Caribbean like Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo opted to take part in the T20 tournaments around the globe than the 5 day game cause of the lucrative offers and the disputes with the board which can be detrimental for the future generations that idolise them growing up, who might eventually prefer following the footsteps of their heroes.
“There is a danger there because obviously the Windies are fantastic at T20 and young kids see that. They see they can make a lot of money. The West Indies got into a bit of trouble when Chris Gayle, who was a great Test player, said his priority was T20, then other senior players say the same thing, young kids hear it and all of a sudden the focus is on T20” Waugh said.