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ICC boss Manohar planning to revive Test cricket

  • Published at 12:15 am February 8th, 2019
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ICC president Shashank Manohar briefs the media in Dhaka Thursday as BCB president Nazmul Hasan and BCB director Jalal Younus look on Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Shashank Manohar said this Thursday at Le Meridian Hotel in Dhaka during the second day of his three-day visit to Bangladesh

ICC president Shashank Manohar said they are trying to revive Test match cricket after the introduction of different T20 leagues around the world saw a decline in interest towards the longest format of the game.

Manohar said this Thursday at Le Meridian Hotel in Dhaka during the second day of his three-day visit to Bangladesh.

During his reception programme, the ICC boss also got to look at the model of the proposed Sheikh Hasina International Cricket Stadium in Purbachal.

BCB chief Nazmul Hasan, the BCB directors, former and current Bangladesh cricket team captains and the Bangladesh women cricketers were also present.

Regarding this much talked about issue, Manohar said, “We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest, because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game.

“If you look at the TRPs (Target Rating Point) of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don’t have time five days time to watch a Test match. From 10-5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in 3.5 hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast.”