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Test Cricket Will Not die in my Lifetime but Who’ will be playing it: Ian Chappell



Test Cricket Will Not die in my Lifetime but Who' will be playing it

Test Cricket Will Not die in my Lifetime but Who’ will be playing it: Australia legendry cricketer Ian Chappell is certain Test cricket ‘won’t die’ in his lifetime but wondered whether the best players would play it in the future amid the proliferation of T20 leagues.

He felt that international cricket faces a real challenge of retaining players in the face of rapid expansion of T20 leagues around the world.

“(Test cricket) won’t die in my lifetime. But who’ll be playing it? That’s the big question,” Chappell was quoted as saying by Wide World of Sports.

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He added, if you have not got your best players, is Test cricket worth watching? the answer is probably no Test cricket is a good game, but it is to be well played.

He also talked about the issue of Chirs Lynnseeking a no-objection Certificate from Cricket Australia to play in the UAE’s ILT20.

Lynn has registered himself as a marquee player in the ILT20 but will require a No-objection Certificate from CA to play in the league, something he may not get as the Australia cricket board also runs the Big Bash League at the same time.

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Chappell said if he were at Lynn’s place he would take CA to court in the event he is not given on NOC.

I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, for starters, if you are being realistic you can only play Test cricket between about eight teams.

West Indies have got a problem because they can not afford to pay their players.

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Sri Lanka has a reasonable infrastructure but big political problems, and South Africa is similar.

Whoever thought of giving Afghanistan and Ireland Test status is off their rocker. But you know why ir’s been done, it’s so those countries get a vote.

To me, this whole issue has been coming for quite a while, and I have no sympathy for the administrators.


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