England Limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has given his thoughts about the current health of cricket and the impact of the T20 format on it.
34-year-old currently in India to lead KKR in IPL 2021. He said that observing the youngsters always gives a good insight into where the sport is heading.
He adds that players like Shubhaman Gill and Sam Curran are prioritising Test cricket and that in itself was proof that the games currently in a really healthy space.
“Ultimately younger players always give you a great insight into where cricket is at right now.
“Our youngest, best talents coming through like our Sam Curran or India’s Shubman Gill who are coming in and starting out on their journey in international cricket are really prioritising Test match cricket.
“Up until a certain age you should play everything – you can’t alienate yourself early on in your career or even halfway through. My ambition was always to play Test match cricket. Naturally I was a better white-ball cricketer but the experience of playing Test cricket was important in my evolution.
“That to me means that even amongst the popularity that T20 has brought to the game, and the glitz, the glamour, the revenue streams it has brought in – cricket is in a really healthy place,” Morgan told Sky Sports’s The Cricket Show.
“The biggest question that we will have, is what is the relevance of the three formats and where do they stand?
“One of the biggest mistakes we make as a sport is having all three formats overlap or not recognising the roles that they play within the game.
“T20 cricket is an avenue for a young kid who has never seen the game and sees this big shiny thing on TV with stars and the ball being blasted everywhere; 50-over cricket has a different dynamic, it gives you a little bit of everything all in one day. Test match cricket is our most prestigious game for our elite players. It will always be like that and for very few countries around the world, it is prioritised,” Morgan added.
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