Cricket: We need to change how we look in Test cricket: Kumar Sangakkara


Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara believes that Test cricket should be considered a "cash cow", and should continue to invest in board format, regardless of whether it leads to financial returns. In a video uploaded on Sky Sports Cricket's YouTube channel, Sangakkara, speaking to former England captain Michael Atherton, said there was a need for a global understanding of the format.


The left-handed batsman said, "If you treat test cricket as a cash cow, I don't think it's ever going to work. It's not economic sense."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) revived the T20 era long format with last year's World Test Championship. Sangakkara, who is currently president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), believes that organizing such a tournament is a difficult task, but Test cricket must be alive.

"Sometimes you are going to market to an American or a non-American. Test cricket has no sporting spirit. Maybe instead of trying to change your Test cricket sense, how do we change Test Cricket?

"Talk about how to build animosity. Now about Afghanistan and Zimbabwe and Ireland ... and Bangladesh is a growing team, but in less formats," he said.

"So what are we going to do about it? Are we forgetting about it? Two-level Test cricket ... Test championship ... whatever, but it doesn't work. Keep it. Money."

The inaugural World Test Championship, which begins in 2019, will conclude with the final at Lord's in 2021. However, with the Coroners cricket calendar remaining in the thread, it is possible to reschedule and reschedule the tournament.

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