Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum RCB batsman believes that Test cricket is dying out in comparison to, and even due to, the rising popularity of shorter formats, for example T20 cricket and T20 leagues.
McCullum has a rich Test cricket history, as the dashing batsman has played 101 Test matches for New Zealand, before retiring in 2016. He is ranked at No. 2 in the all-time run-scoring list for the Kiwis in Test cricket, and is the only New Zealand batsman to score a triple-century.
The former Kiwi cricketer is still playing cricket, but only as a T20 cricket globetrotter, who features in numerous T20 leagues around the world. Currently, the 36-year-old is playing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, IPL 2018, which is considered as one of the grandest and cash-rich leagues in World cricket.
Test cricket won’t be around in future: McCullum
In an interview with Cricket Monthly, Brendon McCullum RCB batsman said that T20 cricket was the way of the future, but didn’t feel the same thing about the five-day format, i.e. Test cricket, and said,
“I firmly believe that Test cricket won’t be around in time, because there’s only so many teams that can afford to play it. 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?”
“People don’t have four or five days to commit to Test cricket. They might watch the first session, and the last session on day five if it’s tight, then you strip it back a level as well, and you think domestically, how can teams around the world afford to even exist?”
McCullum said that now the viewership culture and audience behaviour was changing in cricket. He stated that no one wants to watch Test cricket throughout the course of 5 days, and foretold that in the coming time, T20 teams would completely own players, and would not be allowing them free for even Test cricket. He said,
“Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don’t see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a test match.”
T20 cricket has great value: Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum IPL 2018 campaign has not been as great, as the batsman has registered 127 runs from six games at a strike rate of 144.31. However, the former Kiwi cricketer feels that he has another couple of years of top T20 cricket left in him following which, he would give coaching a thought. He concluded
“I’m invigorated by it, to be honest, the way I’m hitting the ball. So I’ll do that, and then I’d like to transition into some coaching stuff because I think the IPL – especially in T20 of 300-and-something games – is quite valuable. And also I like the idea that I can help people.”
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