Miandad criticizes T20 cricket- calls it a ‘virus’
Miandad said the leagues offered such good money that playing international cricket — particularly the long form of the game — was becoming less attractive, calling on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to step in.
If this is not restricted, it will kill test cricket and players will want to play only T20 games, the Former Pakistani cricketer who player 23 test for Pakistan said.
Twenty20 cricket, the shortest form of the game, is rapidly gaining popularity among players and spectators, with huge money on offer in the recognised Indian Premier League (IPL) and the rebel Indian Cricket League.
“When Twenty20 cricket started I had smelled this format will damage cricket, now the game will not see quality players as they are now more attuned to play the big-hitting game than the traditional and classical way.
“With the introduction of Twenty20 leagues, the notion that ‘country comes first’ is also hit for six because when there is a choice between national duty and more money, players will choose money.
‘I sincerely pray that T20 cricket is restricted, otherwise the game will suffer badly.”
Miandad’s reaction came after 11 Pakistani players were snubbed at the IPL player auction in Mumbai on Tuesday.
None of the eight Indian franchises bid for Pakistani players — apparently because they were not sure of their availability due to visa and other problems.
“They must concentrate on their national duties as country always comes first,” added Miandad, who also voiced concern that India was becoming too powerful in world cricket.
“I fear a day will come when world cricket will be run by India alone, so I fear if Australia, England, Sri Lanka and the West Indies don’t realise this, world cricket will be at the mercy of India,” he said.
Source: Google News