IPL has been a disruptive event, says former cricketer

The Indian Premier League has provided more options to young cricketers but it has also disrupted the game of cricket, feels Mike Atherton of England. He was speaking during the UK lunch of Sourav Ganguly's book 'A century is not enough' at Lord's. He was joined by Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara for a discussion on cricket.

“Like any other industry, cricket has been disrupted. IPL has been a disruptive event, giving players options and opportunities,” Atherton said, talking about the future of Test cricket in the wake of the rising popularity of T20 Leagues which offer players big bucks.

“We still sell Test cricket well here in England. The grounds in India may look empty (during Test matches) but we have to bear in mind that those are much larger grounds. The game has always adapted and will continue to do so. I remain optimistic about the future,” he said.

Ganguly batted for more day-night Test matches to keep the format alive.

“It is difficult for working people to spend the whole day away from work at a cricket ground,” he said. Sangakkara stressed that Test cricket needs to be “financially viable” to be able to survive in future. “There is still great love for Test cricket. But everything evolves and moves on. We will just have to change our mindset, “he said.

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