Test match cricket faces a bleak future with the sports administrators failing to control the runaway weed of the hugely popular Twenty 20 format, former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding said.The England and Wales Cricket Board – ECB announced its 2018 schedule and despite seven tests being include none of them will take place in June or July when One Day matches against Australia and India take center stage.Holding said it was an example of the five day format playing second fiddle despite a thrilling second test between England and the West Indies at Headingly. Which provided five captivating days for large crowds.
The Administrators keep talking about preserving Test match Cricket but name one thing they have done to preserve it. Next year England are having seven test matches. Two in May and none in June July. The best part of the summer will be all rubbish Twenty 20 cricket.If you go through the short forms of the game you will see how many bad teams beat the good teams. In test match cricket you hardly ever see a bad team beat a good team. Holding further indicated only a two division system would work as the International Cricket Council – ICC looks to expand the number of test playing nations.
There has to be consequences and relevance to test match cricket, but it will never happen said Holding. Reason being, money is all that matters to the administrators. No the game doesn’t matter, nor would he get rid of Twenty 20 cricket.