London: Nov 24, 2012
Narayanaswami Srinivasan, the president of the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), came to the defense of the board over criticism that they are favouring Twenty20 format over Test cricket and ruining the latter in the process.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is being blamed for the low turnouts at Test matches in India and the shifting of priorities by other countries as they offer their best players to IPL so as to maintain a good relationship with India. However, this notion was rejected by Srinivasan.
“T20 cricket was not invented by us. The IPL has brought new audience into the game: the housewife and children. It has broadened the viewership base and interest in cricket. But there is still a lot of interest in Test cricket,” Zee News quoted Srinivasan, as saying.
“I am an old-timer. To me Test cricket is No.1. That is personally speaking. If you look at cricket, we now have three products: Tests, ODIs and T20s. If you look at the overall attendances, they have gone up. What people are asking is for maximum attendance for all three versions. It might not happen,” he added.
First Published: November 24, 2012, 3:46 pm