Test cricket and T20 can co-exist, says Andrew Strauss

England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Andrew Strauss felt that Test cricket and the T20s can sit comfortably in the ongoing debate over whether the latter will support other formats. He also mentioned that the game needs to be programmed in such a way that players can play both formats.

With the recent decision of Trent Boult to opt out of the central contract, there has been continued debate regarding the rise of league cricket and the impact it might have on international cricket. The players have a lot to do with a busy international schedule and so they choose to move away from either format. Ben Stokes recently retired from ODIs and many players will soon be able to follow suit.

Many former cricketers felt that there will be more format specialists in the future and players will start to prefer franchise leagues. Ravi Shastri said there will be league cricket throughout the year and international cricket will only include ICC events.

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England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Andrew Strauss believes T20 and Test cricket can coexist comfortably.

“One thing we know in other countries, Test cricket doesn’t pay the bills like it does here. The T20 format is how a lot of people find out about the game in the first place. I always maintain that they can sit comfortably together, Test and T20 cricket,” Strauss told The Daily Telegraph.

“But the challenge we have is (to provide a) manageable schedule that allows players to do both. It’s really complicated. It’s multidimensional. It really feels like the rate of change is increasing right now. And the truth is none of us know what’s in store for us so y’all can look ahead and go, yeah we’re gonna have this situation where players are signed up to franchises for 12 months of the year and there is less international cricket. We don’t know any of that at this point.

The Asian Cup will be the next big event for the Indian team and they will be targeting the T20 World Cup which will be played later this year.

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