Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd added that too much T20 cricket is being played at the moment, claiming that Test cricket deserved to get a bit more preference as well. He also voiced for a minimum of three matches in a Test series. However, many former cricketers and experts have raised concerns over the future of Test cricket in the rise of the growing popularity of T20 cricket and several franchise leagues taking place across the globe.
“At the moment probably they’re having too many T20s and stuff. I’d like to see a little bit more Test cricket. And if you’re playing Test cricket, I’d prefer three Test matches or five,” the West Indies legend told at the Ekam Awards night in Kolkata on Thursday, January 11 as quoted by PTI. “I don’t think the West Indies should travel to Australia, 12,000 miles, for two Test matches. And it doesn’t make sense. Like the other day, it’s one-all (in India vs South Africa series). Now the other Test would have shown who was the better of the two teams.”
“I’ve said time and again that T20 is an exhibition, and Test cricket is an examination. Our youngsters seem to be getting this habit of trying to hit the ball out of the ground so that they can get a contract somewhere else. And I don’t like that,” the veteran again added.
“I don’t think anything was wrong with the pitch. Somebody made a hundred on that same pitch, on a wearing pitch, so I think it’s just application. And I’m wondering if that had happened in India, with what they would have done to the ground persons. You know, because if you lose in a day and a bit, the first thing they’ll look at is the pitch. India had a turning pitch here the other day, and everybody said some terrible things about the pitch. If you’re playing top-class cricket, you should be able to handle those sorts of things,” Clive Lloyd concluded.