Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

McCullum fears for the future of Test cricket

Brendon Mc Cullum is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2018 Brendon Mc Cullum is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2018
Cary Erickson | 17 May, 2018, 04:27

The IPL is the biggest and most popular league in the world and it has been a long-time endeavour to have a women's league that can match the exuberance of IPL. "It's important to have a pool of players who will be qualified to play an IPL-type of league", the 35-year-old said.

Now part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the IPL, Baz feels that the skill sets required in T20 cricket are completely different to those in Test Cricket.

"Apart from the obvious advantage of the matches being played at a more appropriate time for fans to either attend or watch on television, D/N Tests also conjure up intriguing cricketing possibilities", Chappell added.

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"I'm also a realist that people are turning up and watching T20 not just at games but also on TV - society's changing, isn't it? Adelaide has become the unofficial home of day-night Test cricket, and the legacy of three years of rip-roaring success under lights there was expected to be further enhanced by the presence of a strong Indian team", Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.

McCullum predicts a huge shift in the game where franchises will have the say over whether players will be allowed to play internationals.

McCullum is now playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and says he can see a scenario in the future where a T20 franchise will own a player and they won't be released to play global cricket. "Day-night Tests also provide greater opportunities for bowlers and challenge a captain's imagination - anything that achieves those two aims is good for cricket". To me, they're played with the same instruments but they're completely separate games. We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome. The match is being considered the first dry run for "the women's IPL". "So I'll do that, and then I'd like to transition into some coaching stuff, because I think the IP - especially in T20 - the IP of three hundred and something games is quite valuable, and also I like the idea that I can help people", he said. "And I think long term it would be nice to be able do that in a T20 environment".