Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir isn’t shy of expressing his thoughts. Be it articulating his to-the-point opinions on burning points or forwarding strategies on bettering the sport, the 37-year-old former India opener is at all times forthright. The parliamentarian from East Delhi just lately stated that in these occasions of T20Is and ODIs, Check cricket ought to change into extra appalling to the brand new era and some core points must be addressed for that.
Check cricket is alleged to have confronted a survival battle in these quick occasions and with the emergence of shorter variations of the sport like T20s and even T10s, not many really feel optimistic about the way forward for the red-ball cricket. Additionally, quite a lot of gamers are seen letting recognized their reluctance to play Check cricket and really feel extra attracted in the direction of the shorter variations, together with these provided by franchise cricket.
But, the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) just lately got here up with a World Check Championship whereby bilateral sequence have been built-in into an enormous community of factors in order that the format is made extra aggressive. The championship will proceed over two years on the finish of which the ultimate will probably be held to find out the formal champions in Check cricket. A complete of 71 matches in 27 sequence that includes 9 groups will probably be performed out throughout this championship with the ultimate scheduled in England in June 2021.
‘Check cricket must attraction to millennials’
“It’s a no-brainer that Check cricket should jazz itself as much as survive the onslaught of T20s and alternate leisure choices. I’m a die-hard traditionalist, however Check cricket must attraction to the millennials. The core points must be addressed,” Gambhir penned in his column for The Instances of India.
Gambhir, who performed in 58 Assessments for India in addition to in 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is and was a part of India’s twin world crown-winning missions in 2007 and 2011, suggested the ICC to standardize cricket balls utilized in Check matches. Whereas SG balls are utilized in India, Dukes are utilized in England, Eire and the Windies whereas the remainder use Kookaburra balls.
“I can perceive the business compulsions of this however it’s unusual to be in a standard competitors with variable equipment,” Gambhir, who give up cricket final December, stated.