With the mushrooming of various T20 and T10 leagues across the globe, a significant debate has emerged surrounding the future of Test cricket.
The South African board’s decision to make all SA20 players available for the domestic franchise league, even if it means missing an away Test series, has sparked concerns about the potential dangers the longest format of cricket might face.
Responding to the development, former Australian player Tom Moody said that the move reflects a broader shift in society. Moody contends that the time fans allocate to a cricket match has gradually decreased, influencing the market dynamics.
“I think it’s clear that the appetite for T20 cricket… both the audience and the players are very much attracted to the shorter format of the game. And I think that’s a reflection of society. People don’t have the time they used to have many years ago,” said Moody during an interaction.
Moreover, West Indies star all-rounder and former captain Jason Holder had made headlines with his decision to opt out of taking the field for the international team against Australia in favour of his stint at the International League T20.
Holder’s absence from the Test squad for the series against Australia was a decision that raised eyebrows and sparked speculation about the dynamics at play.
Reflecting on the future of Test cricket, Holder said, “If we continue in this manner, Test cricket will die. It’s sad, but it’s true, based on the current structure. You have got the big three who practically command all the revenue regarding the disbursement of ICC funds. And it’s difficult for smaller territories such as the West Indies to compete.”
“The only way you can honestly see Test cricket being saved is… if you have a window for Test cricket in a year so that you can have your best players available to play there. And on top of that, you need to compensate players fairly,” the West Indies all-rounder further said.
“If we could come up with a model where you can have a minimum wage where you can’t fall below a particular threshold, it would actually incentivise players to say, ‘Well, look, this is the benefit of me playing Test cricket’,” he added.