Marlon Samuels urged the youngsters to understand the importance of Test cricket and the legacy it carries.@AFP

While Marlon Samuels was pivotal to West Indies winning two ICC World T20s titles – in 2012 and 2016 –, the swashbuckling right-hander urged the youngsters to understand the importance of Test cricket and the legacy it carries. (ALSO READ: ‘Long, hard talk’ behind West Indies’ turnaround: Jason Holder)

“T20 is a fast payoff, but in anything you do, longevity is always the best route,” Samuels was quoted as saying by The Gleaner.

Samuels, the West Indian veteran of 71 Tests, alongside 207 ODIs and 67 T20Is, with 3917 runs and 7 hundreds against his name in the longer format of the game, asked the youngsters what they wanted to choose between more money in their bank account or less money and legacy. (ALSO READHolder, Roach lead West Indies to crushing win over England)

“You play T20, you make some fast money. Okay, you’re going to be a millionaire, US$10million, US$15 million in your account. But is it that what you want to be known for? Or would you want play Test cricket and try to leave a legacy to get into the (ICC Hall of Fame) museum with the Viv Richards and the other greats, and have a $5 million in your account?” added Samuels. (FULL SCORECARD: WEST INDIES vs ENGLAND, 2nd TEST)

Samuels highlighted that the T20 cricket is still relatively new and it means that the players may not be recognised in the history books for their showing in T20s.

“I would always balance with a $5 million in my account and having a legacy in Test cricket than being a T20 player,” he said before adding, “You’re not going be recognised in the history books for T20, to be honest.”

“(Test cricket isn’t as appealing as T20) but, it’s still the real deal. It’s just the fast and furious, and we like that,” concluded Samuels.