Sangakkara: Sangakkara calls for Test pay minimum to stop T20 exodus | Cricket News
HONG KONG: Sri Lankan veteran Kumar Sangakkara has known as for Check cricket to introduce a minimal match payment for all nations to cease younger 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 first-class recreation final yr however has continued enjoying for home T20 franchises around the globe, together with on this week’s Hong Kong T20 Blitz.
The 40-year-old praised the shorter format for spreading the sport’s recognition to new markets however warned that with out change Check cricket may face a battle to stay related for younger gamers and followers.
“T20 is the perfect format to introduce — you speak in regards to the Americas, with China,” Sangakkara mentioned on Wednesday.
“Since its inception it has been an enormous pillar of energy for world cricket.
“However there are a couple of negatives … loads of younger gamers taking on T20 as a substitute of enjoying worldwide cricket.
“There are numerous issues which have been mentioned, about parity of pay, particularly in the case of match charges for Check cricket.
“Should not there be a blanket minimal pay for Check cricketers?
“The highest nations are being paid a sure Check match payment — should not that be mirrored all all through the Check-playing nations?”
Presently, worldwide match charges paid to cricketers from completely different Check nations range wildly, with the game’s so-called “Massive Three” — India, England and Australia — far forward of the remaining.
In line with a survey final yr by ESPN CricInfo, Australia’s captain Steven Smith was as a consequence of earn $1,469,000 in 2017 whereas Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer pocketed simply $86,000.
Twenty20 competitions have sprung up around the globe, from Australia’s Massive Bash League and India’s IPL which stretch out over many weeks to smaller competitions in Hong Kong, Bangladesh, and the UAE which final only a few days.
Gamers from poorer nations can usually earn extra within the Twenty20 world than by representing their nations at Check stage.
The MCC world cricket committee final month endorsed requires wage reform at its annual assembly.
Followers in addition to gamers should be canvased on the modifications required to maintain Check cricket as the game’s pinnacle, together with day-night and four-day Exams, mentioned Sangakkara.
“We have to perceive what Check cricket means to gamers and what it’s to followers,” he mentioned.
“Relevance in sport is so essential when it comes to not simply rising the game but additionally sustaining it.
“I feel worldwide cricket could be very sturdy nonetheless. For any participant, I feel the honour of representing their nation be it in Check, one-dayers or T20 cricket, it is nonetheless the top of the sport.”
Sangakkara, who’s showing for Galaxy Gladiators Lantau on this week’s Hong Kong event, additionally praised the shorter format for extending his profession.
“T20 is certainly the best format at my age to remain aggressive in,” mentioned Sangakkara, who retired from the first-class recreation in September.
Sangakkara went out on the prime with a exceptional ultimate flourish for Surrey within the English county championship, ending because the competitors’s prime scorer with 1,491 runs at a mean of 106.50.
“I am positively a has-been!” he joked.