David Lloyd: No Future for Test
David Lloyd: No
Future for Test Cricket
6 Apirl2022 Authorbet365baji
Former England cricketer David Lloyd is
concerned about the future of Test cricket, predicting that it would be phased out within the
next ten years. The cricketer-turned-commentator also advocated for the T20 Blast to be
reinstated instead of The Hundred.
With the advent of T20 leagues around the world, numerous former cricketers have felt compelled
to rescue Test cricket. Former England captain Michael Atherton warned of the negative
consequences of the IPL's expansion in his November 2021 column for The Times.
Meanwhile, Lloyd, writing for the Daily Mail, expects that memorable Test series would become
less common in the future as T20 crazes become more popular. The former cricketer believes that
Test cricket cannot fit into the present calendar.
Lloyd commented that there is no room for Test cricket as we know it, and he expects to see only
the legendary series in the future, such as the Ashes, England vs West Indies, and England vs
India. For the first time, he is concerned about the future of Test cricket.
He remarked that the reason being given the current schedule, he doesn’t think there's room for
it. People have a natural want for more, so if India has a Premier League, Pakistan wants one as
well, as does Australia, South Africa, and everyone else.
While cricketers make huge sums of money, the 75-year-old believes it is detrimental to the
sport as a whole.
He added that then slots must be found to play these guys, and the same players who were in
demand during the IPL are in demand elsewhere for the rest of the year. If you're selected for
IPL auctions, you may be paid ridiculous sums. It's a hugely lucrative competition with
excellent quality, but it's wreaking havoc for the rest of cricket.
While there weren't many English cricketers in the early years of the IPL, that tendency has
recently reversed. Because of the event, players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali,
and Liam Livingstone have developed into superb white-ball players.
Lloyd further chastised the ECB for establishing The Hundred and spending money when county
cricket should be the priority. Instead, Lloyd would like to see the T20 Blast return as long as
the standard is maintained.
He said that the Blast has been like a runaway train since Stuart Robertson developed T20s
around the turn of the century, and the standard remains as good as anything in the globe. The
style is appealing to English audiences.
The Oval Invincibles (Women's) and Southern Brave (Men's) were champions in the Hundred's
inaugural season last year. In August, the second season will begin.