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Brendon McCullum believes Test cricket won't survive T20

Brendon McCullum believes Test cricket won't survive T20

One of the most successful New Zealand Captains, Brendon McCullum, has come up with a big statement pertaining to the future of Test cricket vis-à-vis T20. The Kiwi, who is known to be one of the visionaries of the game, recently said that Test cricket would not be able to stand the test of time.

The New Zealand keeper-batsman hung his boots from international cricket in the home series against Australia in February 2016 and is currently is a globetrotter for the T20 leagues across the world. Being in the mix, Brendon feels that realistically people don't have time to commit to Test cricket.

“I firmly believe that Test cricket won't be around in time, because there's only so many teams that can afford to play it.

"I'm also a realist that people are turning up and watching T20 not just at games but also on TV - society's changing, isn't it? People don't have four or five days to commit to Test cricket. They might watch the first session, and the last session on day five if it's tight, but they're not going to then you strip it back a level as well and you think domestically, how can teams around the world afford to even exist?"

McCullum is currently, what they call a freelance T20 player and features in various leagues across the globe which include the IPL, the BBL, the CPL, the PSL and the BPL. Just behind Chris Gayle, McCullum is the 2nd all-time run scorer in T20s with over 9000 runs against his name.

"Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match," McCullum notes.

Currently part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the IPL, Baz feels that the skill sets required in T20 cricket are completely different to those in Test Cricket. Although, the Kiwi says that he has at least two more years of cricket left in him, he plans to be part of some coaching set up, once he decides to call it a day.

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