Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell doesn’t think Test cricket is going away anytime soon. However, he definitely believes that some of the best players in the world will be drawn to opt for lucrative T20 leagues instead of the longest format of the game.
With the announcement of two new T20 leagues to be played in the UAE and South Africa, there has been a huge debate over whether players will choose club over country. Ben Stokes’ decision to retire from ODI cricket and Trent Boult’s from New Zealand’s central contract have added to this debate.
Speaking on Wide World of Sports on Saturday, here’s what Ian Chappell had to say about the upcoming Test cricket:
“(Test cricket) will not die in my lifetime. But who will play him? This is the big question. If you don’t have your best players, is Test cricket worth watching? The answer is probably no. Test cricket is a good game but it has to be played well.”
Ian Chappell on the challenge boards will face off to hold his players hand
Ian Chappell also spoke about cricket boards such as the West Indies who have been having problems paying their players for some time. The 78-year-old believes that such issues will always make it difficult for these boards to hold on to world-class players, as they would often prefer to win more money.
Of this, Chappell stated:
“I think a lot of the older players will get offers from that area and that will be a real challenge for nations like Australia who have a lot of good players and also for nations that can’t afford to pay their players the better. rates.”
Ian Chappell also pointed out how the schedule of the said T20 leagues could go up against that of the Big Bash League (BBL). In such a scenario, Australian players will have to make a choice between the two leagues.
The Aussie legend opined that with a number of IPL franchises owning these teams, Cricket Australia could find it extremely difficult to convince its players to stay back for the BBL:
“Then you have the problem of IPL franchises owning teams in different leagues around the world. If you have a decent IPL contract and the choice is between Australia and the UAE team of your IPL franchise, you’re going to put your IPL contract at risk.”
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