Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that there’s a must cease treating Check cricket as a “money cow”, and the boards ought to proceed to spend money on the format no matter whether or not it’s leading to monetary returns or not. Chatting with former England captain Michael Atherton in a video uploaded on Sky Sports activities Cricket Youtube Channel, Sangakkara mentioned that there’s a want worldwide to vary the notion in regards to the format.
“If you’re going to deal with Check cricket as a money cow I don’t suppose it’s ever going to work. It’s not going to make monetary sense,” the previous left-handed batsman mentioned.
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The Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC), final 12 months, got here up with World Check Championship to rejuvenate the longest format within the period of T20s. Sangakkara, who at present holds the place of Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC) President, believes that sustaining such tournaments could possibly be a tough process, however it should be accomplished to make sure Check cricket stays alive.
“Typically Check cricket isn’t going to make sporting sense if you’re going to promote it to an American or somebody who has not been concerned within the sport. Fairly than attempting to vary their sense of Check cricket perhaps we have to change how we take a look at Check cricket. Not everybody goes to have an iconic collection just like the Ashes with full crowd,” he mentioned.
“Speak about construct up the rivalries. Then what about Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and Eire now… and Bangladesh who’re the group on the rise however within the shorter codecs,” he added.
“So what are we going to do about that? Are we going to neglect about that? Two-tier Check cricket… Check Championships… simply do no matter it takes however it that doesn’t work, maintain it. Put within the cash,” he additional mentioned.
The inaugural World Check Championship, which started in 2019 is initially slated to finish with the ultimate at Lord’s in 2021. However with coronavirus leaving cricket calender to shreds, there’s a likelihood that the event could be restructured and rescheduled.