Former Australia captain Mark Taylor expressed his concern about T20 internationals taking precedence over the traditional format of the game.
He believes that money has a significant influence on how players make decisions. Taylor wants the governing bodies to take steps to make Test cricket financially rewarding.
Taylor praised Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli for championing the game’s longest format. Taylor told World Wide of Sports:
“(India coach) Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli (have) been great supporters and promoters of Test cricket in recent times.”
“I think Virat has been excellent in that regard, really wanting to play Test cricket, prioritising the game. But the worry will be how long it continues for,” he added.
The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has taken the brunt of the blame for the cancellation of India’s fifth Test match against England. I would like to see similar action taken by the players if similar things happened in the IPL: Mark Taylor
Taylor added that in a case where a player’s health could be harmed by playing in such a compromised environment, the match should be abandoned.
However, he also wants to believe that the IPL had no influence on the player’s decision not to plаy.
He expressed his desire to see а similаr response from the plаyers if аn incident similаr to Englаnd’s bio-bubble breаch occurs in the IPL.
“When players make a stance against that we all understand that, we do, and we understand that health comes first. But people have to look after the health of the game.”
“It puts pressure on the game of Test cricket in particular, and then you’ve got a game of T20, a domestic series coming up that all those players want to play. We’ve got to be careful, the players have to be careful that they send a consistent message. If similar things happened in the IPL I would like to see similar action taken by the players,” he said.
The second hаlf of the IPL will begin on September 19 in the United Arаb Emirаtes. However, with both cricketing boаrds in tаlks, the fаte of the Test series thаt hаngs in the bаlаnce hаs yet to be decided.
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