Wednesday, 10 January 2018 - 17:32
Shakib says T20 kills interest on Test cricket


Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has told the MCC committee that young players in Bangladesh are not seeing the longer version of the game as their top goal because of the money involved in T20 cricket.

The meeting was held at Australia’s Sydney and Shakib communicated to the members that ICC needed to take control of where money is going.

The money that is currently available to players when they feature in global T20 leagues around the world means that there are players who are more inclined to feature in the money-spinning leagues around the world than to represent their country in international cricket.

Shakib told the committee, which consists of the likes of Ricky Ponting, Brendon McCullum, and Kumar Sangakkara, that numerous younger Bangladesh players were no longer viewing Test cricket as their goal due to the greater financial security afforded to them by T20 cricket.

The committee, in turn, highlighted the wage gap that exists between players of different nations by using Shakib and England’s Jonny Bairstow as an example.

They emphasized the point that players are likely to fall prey to corrupt approaches due to this wage discrepancy.

(The Daily Star)

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