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To be honest, Test cricket is dying: ICC chairman Shashank Manohar

Conceding that people don't have five day's time to come to the stadiums and watch Test cricket anymore, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said T20Is are generating more revenue than the longest format of the sport.

 

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  • ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said people don't have enough time to watch Test cricket
  • Manohar said T20s are picking up fast because they get over in 3-and-a-half hours
  • We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest, Manohar said
 

International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar on Thursday said, people, these days don't have five day's time to watch Test cricket and conceded that the longest format of the game is dying.

 

Shashank Manohar, on the second day of his invitational visit to Bangladesh, said the ICC Test Championship, starting after the 2019 Cricket World Cup, is one of the last-ditch efforts to revive Test cricket.

 

Manohar's comments come even as the ongoing season has produced some fine Test cricket. While Asian giants India registered their first-ever Test series win in Australia, the West Indies are showing signs of revival after thrashing England in the first two Tests of an ongoing three-match series at home.

 

Despite the quality of Test cricket seeing an upward trend, footfall (or the lack of it) at even some of the most popular venues across the globe has been a huge cause for concern. It is safe to say global cricketing powerhouse, India is struggling to bring audiences to the stadiums for Test cricket.

 

At the same time, a large sum of the world's richest cricket body, Board of Control for Cricket in India's revenue is generated from Indian Premier League, the glitzy and glamours franchise-based Twenty20 tournament.

 

T20 has the maximum TRP: ICC chairman

"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 [ICC] 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," Manohar said.

 

Talking up the T20 format, the ICC chairman added: "If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don't have five days time to watch a Test match.

 

"From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game. T20s get over in three-and-a-half hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast."

 

The ICC approved its first-ever Test championship for a two-year period between 2019 and 2021. Top nine teams will play six series each during the said duration in a home and away format. The two teams finishing at the top two spots of the Test championship table will then play the final.

 

The Test championship is one of ICC's latest moves to bring context to Test cricket. While the introduction of day-night cricket saw an increase in attendance, India's reluctance to adopt the pink-ball cricket is not helping the sport.

 

ICC chairman on cricket's inclusion to Olympics

Meanwhile, Shashank Manohar also spoke about the practical difficulties of getting the International Olympic Committee to include cricket in the Olympic Games.

"We are trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?" Manohar added.

"For that, you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries."

 

https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/test-cricket-dying-icc-chairman-shashank-manohar-t20is-revnue-cricket-olympics-1450946-2019-02-07?utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral

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Take out test cricket and all that is left is a masala game.T20 is just entertainment and money,nobody gains respect from t20s.Even in ODIs,only knockout trophies have enduring value.I certainly wouldnt watch cricket if test cricket wasn't there,just tune in once during ODI world cups.

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4 minutes ago, Stradlater said:

Watch India's test matches in Australia when we used to tour them in the 90s. The stadiums were barely 20% full. 

Now compare that to the last boxing day test where we saw a crowd of almost 80K on the first day.

* Manohar.

Actually even the attendance in Australia is dwindling.. worrying sight for test fans. 

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12 minutes ago, Stradlater said:

Watch India's test matches in Australia when we used to tour them in the 90s. The stadiums were barely 20% full. 

Now compare that to the last boxing day test where we saw a crowd of almost 80K on the first day.

* Manohar.

But it started to heavily dwindle after the 1st day.

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Expect more of these now that India has become the undisputed number 1 test side and is set to retain that status for a long time, kuch logon ki g@nd jal rahi hai....had Eng/RSA/Pak been number 1 this snake would have been singing a different tune. 

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Ultimately the success of a cricket nation is first and foremost measured by achievements in test cricket, we shouldn't fall into the 'test cricket dying, so let's move on....' trap and instead support this format wholeheartedly. Emphasis on the longer format also means strong ODI/T20...never trickles the other way around because FC is the university of cricket anywhere and a proper cricketer is formed there, not in franchise T20 talent hunts/camps. Without tests, the need for FC will diminish and the quality of cricket will suffer. We have the potential to dominate the ultimate format for many decades and in turn the lesser formats, and the future health of test cricket depends on us Indian fans...couldn't care less about what other countries do. A strong India interested in test cricket means this format will live on...we can all contribute in our ways, for starters urge every single ICFer to attend test matches when they are held closer to or in their home cities/towns. It is good to yap away on a forum, but also need to get our asses off the sofas and make an extra effort to show our support. 

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7 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Expect more of these now that India has become the undisputed number 1 test side and is set to retain that status for a long time, kuch logon ki g@nd jal rahi hai....had Eng/RSA/Pak been number 1 this snake would have been singing a different tune. 

He will do his best to screw our chances in World Test Championship. Remember how he took revenge on Dalmia by giving Aussies a green track at Nagpur in the 2004-05 series. 

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3 minutes ago, ShoonyaSifar said:

He will do his best to screw our chances in World Test Championship. Remember how he took revenge on Dalmia by giving Aussies a green track at Nagpur in the 2004-05 series. 

He is Pawar's poodle, will do everything in his power to harm India. 

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Test cricket has remained where it's always has been it, it's definitely not declined but growth has neither been like ODIs or T20s...it's still held has the ultimate arena to judge a cricketer's quality and legacy.

 

What Test cricket does need is subsidies from ICC to smaller nations like NZ, WI, SL to help them host 3 to 4 match Test series, also needs to provide massive financial incentives for retaining number 1 and finishing 2,3,4

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2 hours ago, Trichromatic said:

Any numbers to show that test cricket is less profitable now? 

 

How were finances in 80s? 

80's they were making some money because that was the only option. Now there are multiple options.

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4 hours ago, Stradlater said:

Watch India's test matches in Australia when we used to tour them in the 90s. The stadiums were barely 20% full. 

Now compare that to the last boxing day test where we saw a crowd of almost 80K on the first day.

* Manohar.

Boxing day test match are always full. Everyone is off and family is at home. It’s best entertainment for the whole family. The average earnings are what matter. This guy is the ICC president I am sure he knows more about finances than anyone here. 

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11 minutes ago, gattaca said:

Stop with conspiracy theories. This not news. We know this from long time ago but now we are hearing from ICC president.

When it comes to Shashank Manohar, there are no conspiracies. Sab khule khule karta hai vah harami. 

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If not for this traitor it would be 50 years since Australia last won a test series in India, final frontier would have remained final frontier for the greatest cricket nation of the planet. Never forget the Nagpur betrayal, never forgive. 

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2 hours ago, Khota said:

80's they were making some money because that was the only option. Now there are multiple options.

Even now those who play only tests are doing better than those in 80s.

 

Test cricket has been growing financially,  but is no longer a top draw. 

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2 hours ago, velu said:

dude @Gollum .. manohar has no reason to downplay the popularity of the tests

and if you are not biased about what he said , you will agree that he is telling the facts

He has a reason... he's at the top of the ICC..he wants to hide his incompetence, so that noone blames him for it.:phehe:  By promoting more t20s, there is also potential to earn more :money:

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40 minutes ago, Vilander said:

Eng/RSA/Aus you mean..  zim/pak/bd are also test teams but then they dont deserve mention in same sentence...correct ? i know you agree.

 

ok bye.

Dude those are the 1st 3 names that crossed my mind because before our climb to number 1 in 2015 or 2016 they were the previous no 1 teams IIRC, no matter how briefly. Get the gist of the post instead of deep analysis. 

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13 minutes ago, Gollum said:

Dude those are the 1st 3 names that crossed my mind because before our climb to number 1 in 2015 or 2016 they were the previous no 1 teams IIRC, no matter how briefly. Get the gist of the post instead of deep analysis. 

sorry pak is **** team.

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6 hours ago, Trichromatic said:

Any numbers to show that test cricket is less profitable now? 

 

How were finances in 80s? 

Precisely! How does tv rights & online streaming compare with AM radio in terms of revenue ?

 

Yeah talk now fatty

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4 minutes ago, Clarke said:

Precisely! How does tv rights & online streaming compare with AM radio in terms of revenue ?

 

Yeah talk now fatty

 

obviously he knows atleast approximate revenue of those 

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BCCI helped Bangladesh to become test playing nation while WICB politics nearly killed test cricket in their country and ECB finished Zimbabwe. But you decided to penalise India. You grabbed money from India and gave to to benefits nations. Now they dont want to work any more

Result. You will kill it everywhere

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What's killing the cricket is not the format but the quantity. If you totally ban limited overs cricket and play tests only like 20-25 tests a year, still everybody will be bored of it. Whereas if hypothetically in an alternate universe if boards are not greedy and only play 2-3 t20 series a year with no other international cricket throughout the calendar, the quality will be mainted even though earnings are not good at all. Less is more.

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17 hours ago, Khota said:

80's they were making some money because that was the only option. Now there are multiple options.

It should be the other way round . They had just one broadcaster-Doordarshan and believe it or not, DD used to charge BCCI for the 'priviledge' of broadcasting games on the national network . Gate money receipts were miniscule. That is wy , past cricketers including in the 1980s used to have a job with bank or PSU to supplement their income during off-season .

 

Now, they are getting millions from broadcasters and advertisers and playing Star & Sony in the bidding game every five years to extract a better TV rights contract.

 

I think Test cricket is not marketed well so far. If they give tickets for Rs.200-250  per 3 hour slot and sell it based on morning /afternoon/evening session along with going to schools and giving a nominal package where schools can bring students for free as part of their co-curricular activity periods , they will atleast get half-full or 3/4th full grounds .No one says that Gold tournament lasts for fifteen days and no one has time to follow it. Test cricket will mostly be enjoyed in bits every day.

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