Ben Stokes has lashed out at the ICC for not taking scheduling seriously and said that the popular domestic T20 leagues worldwide threaten Test cricket, as per PTI.
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Stokes just led England to a 3-0 Test whitewash vs Pakistan and said that the handling of Test cricket was hurting him.
“The scheduling doesn’t get enough attention that it should. A great example is England’s one-day series against Australia after the T20 World Cup. That was shoving three games in there. It made sense to someone to schedule a series which meant nothing,” said Stokes in a conversation with Ian Botham on BBC.
“Test cricket has been spoken about in a way I don’t like. It is losing the attention of the fans with all the new formats and franchise competitions. We understand there are so many opportunities for players away from Test cricket. But for me it is so important for the game,” he added.
“Taking the result away from the mindset is a great starting point. Putting focus on making every day entertaining. Not allowing people to know what is going to happen. If people turn up excited about what they are going to watch you’ve already won before a ball has been bowled,” Stokes went on to say.
“I love playing Test cricket and felt we could do something different. Some people say ‘you are playing for England, that should be enough’. But there is a lot more to factor in. You want international cricket to be the highest standard. But we have seen a lot of different squads being picked and players being rested, and that’s not the way international cricket should go,” he continued.