New Delhi. Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes that the ever-increasing steps of the T20 format are having a deep impact on Test cricket. The situation has become more dire for the longer duration format, especially in the difficult circumstances arising out of Kovid-19. Chappell said that T20 takes less time to complete a match and hence it has dominated the traditional format.
Chappell wrote in his column in ESPNcricinfo that the T20 World Cup is to be played in the UAE and after that it is expected that there will be an Ashes series in Australia. The main reason for the conversation about the Ashes series was the Kovid epidemic. But the T20 format is having a more profound impact on Test cricket.
More popular because T20 is shorter: Chappell
He further said that only a few days are needed for the participation of the participating countries in the T20 tournament and hence it is easier to compromise in the present difficult conditions than the longer Test series. Due to its shorter duration, T20 cricket is more suited to Test matches than countries that are not traditionally cricket-playing countries. This is the reason why countries like Oman and Papua New Guinea are participating in the upcoming T20 tournament.
The Australian legend said that the T20 format is more tempting and popular than Test cricket in countries other than Australia and England.
‘In future only a few countries will play Test cricket’
He said that the basic cost required to produce Test players would be exorbitant for non-traditional cricket countries. On the other hand they can conduct a T20 competition which will also earn them good income. Even if the non-traditional country does not have its own T20 tournament, its better players will still have the opportunity to earn well by playing tournaments abroad. In the future, Test series will be played between traditional cricket countries only. The chances of the longer format of the game flourishing in the new Test-playing nations, Ireland and Afghanistan, seem slim.