ICC Chairman Greg Barclay has opined that the future of Test cricket does not seem so bright at the moment. He feels that only the top two or three Test-playing nations will play the same number of matches as they do today when one speaks about the next 10 or 15 years. Barclay said that Test matches are effectively loss-making for most nations, which is why the smaller nations might play fewer Tests.
Many cricket experts have regularly shared their views on how the format is evolving a lot. Earlier, the focus used to be on Tests and ODIs, but now more people are interested in league cricket. The die-hard fans of cricket still love Test cricket, but the series which does not feature England, India or Australia generally receives lower viewership. It will be interesting to see how the Test format evolves in the coming decade.
Sharing his views on the future of the longest format of the game, Greg Barclay was quoted as saying as follows by ESPNCricinfo:
“The Test Championship has driven some relevancy into it so in 10-15 years’ time I still see Test cricket being an integral part. It may be that there is less Test cricket. Some countries may have to make room and play less Test cricket.”
ICC Chairman Greg Barclay thinks only India, Australia, and England will continue playing the same number of Tests
Some series involving India, Australia, and England feature five Test matches in the same series. On the other side, there are some countries that do not get to play five Tests in the entire year. Here’s what Barclay had to say about the revenue generation:
“We are fortunate that we have other formats that can help us sustain Test cricket financially because other than one or two series it is effectively loss-making for boards.”