Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has referred to as for Check cricket to introduce a minimal fit price for all international locations to forestall younger avid gamers ditching the long-form for profitable Twenty20 leagues.
Sangakkara, the fifth-highest run scorer within the historical past of Check cricket, retired from the top notch recreation closing 12 months however has persisted gambling for home T20 franchises around the globe, together with on this week’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
The 40-year-old praised the shorter layout for spreading the sport’s reputation to new markets however warned that with out exchange Check cricket may face a fight to stay related for younger avid gamers and fanatics.
“T20 is the best layout to introduce – you communicate concerning the Americas, with China,” Sangakkara informed AFP on Wednesday.
“Since its inception it’s been an enormous pillar of power for international cricket.
“However there are a couple of negatives … a large number of younger avid gamers taking on T20 as an alternative of gambling world cricket.
“There are more than a few issues which have been mentioned, about parity of pay, particularly in terms of fit charges for Check cricket.
“Shouldn’t there be a blanket minimal pay for Check cricketers?
“The highest international locations are being paid a undeniable Check fit price – shouldn’t that be mirrored all during the Check-playing international locations?”
Recently, world fit charges paid to cricketers from other Check countries range wildly, with the game’s so-called “Giant 3” – India, England and Australia – a long way forward of the remainder.
In keeping with a survey closing 12 months via ESPN CricInfo, Australia’s captain Steven Smith was once because of earn $1,469,000 in 2017 whilst Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer pocketed simply $86,000.
Twenty20 competitions have sprung up around the globe, from Australia’s Giant Bash League and India’s IPL which stretch out over many weeks to smaller competitions in Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and the UAE which closing only some days.
Assessments ‘the head’
Gamers from poorer countries can continuously earn extra within the Twenty20 international than via representing their international locations at Check degree.
The MCC international cricket committee closing month recommended requires salary reform at its annual assembly.
Fanatics in addition to avid gamers wish to be canvased at the adjustments required to stay Check cricket as the game’s pinnacle, together with day-night and four-day Assessments, mentioned Sangakkara.
“We wish to perceive what Check cricket manner to avid gamers and what it’s to fanatics,” he mentioned.
“Relevance in game is so essential with regards to now not simply rising the game but additionally maintaining it.
“I feel world cricket could be very sturdy nonetheless. For any participant, I feel the consideration of representing their nation be it in Check, one-dayers or T20 cricket, it’s nonetheless the head of the sport.”
Sangakkara, who’s showing for Galaxy Gladiators Lantau on this week’s Hong Kong event, additionally praised the shorter layout for extending his occupation.
“T20 is indisputably the very best layout at my age to stick aggressive in,” mentioned Sangakkara, who retired from the top notch recreation in September.
Sangakkara went out on the best with a exceptional ultimate flourish for Surrey within the English county championship, completing as the contest’s best scorer with 1,491 runs at a mean of 106.50.
“I’m indisputably a has-been!” he joked.