2018 was a year in which Test cricket prospered like anything. We saw the best of the format with teams putting up a brilliant show on display. But the International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman, Shashank Manohar feels that Test cricket is dying and the upcoming Test championship might generate some interest in the format.
“We are trying to see whether the Test championship can generate interest. Because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The [ICC] board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar said.
“From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast,” the ICC chairman added.
Manohar also shed light on the feasibility of Cricket in Olympics. He said, “We are trying to take it to the Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days? “For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries.”