ICC chairman Greg Barclay warns against reducing cricket Test volume in future

The ever-growing domestic T20 leagues are tightening bilateral ties and Test cricket is likely to see a reduction in volume in a decade, warns ICC chairman Greg Barclay. Barclay, who was appointed chairman of the ICC in November 2020, said the global body would face a serious challenge in deciding the next Future Tours program from next year.

“There’s a men’s and women’s event every year and the growth of domestic leagues is forcing things down and… What’s in a hurry is two-sided cricket and so we’re trying to integrate everything,” Barclay told Test BBC Match Special. during the current first game of the three-game series between England and New Zealand at Lord’s.

“There will be unfortunate consequences from a playing experience point of view and from a revenue point of view for some of these countries who will not get the amount of cricket that they could hope to have and they will not be exposed , especially against India and to a lesser extent Australia and England.

“In 10-15 years I still see Test cricket being a big part (of the game), there may be less of it,” he added.

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Barclay has hinted that the ‘big three’ of world cricket – India, Australia and England – will be largely unaffected by the adjustments to Test cricket.

“Some countries may have to make room and play less Test cricket. Some of the smaller full members will have to accept that they can’t play the amount of Test cricket they wanted to, so we could see a decrease in that – four or five a year – as England, Australia and India I think will play Test cricket as they do now.”

The ICC chairman, however, does not see the longer format evolving in women’s cricket at any significant pace.

“To play test cricket you have to have national structures that allow you to play long term cricket and they don’t really exist in any of the countries at the moment so I don’t really see women’s test cricket or long-form cricket moving at any particular speed,” he said.

“It’s not to say that the countries that choose to play Test cricket – Australia and England – that offer this to women can’t do it, but I don’t see it as part of the landscape that is progressing. really to everything.”

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The Kiwi believe white ball cricket is the future due to its popularity among fans and broadcasters.

“If you look strategically at the way cricket is played, there is no doubt that white ball cricket, short form cricket, is the way of the future.

“It’s the game fans want, it’s where broadcasters put their resources, it’s what generates money,” Barclay concluded.

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