With Test engagements slowing down amid fast-growing T20 leagues across the world, former South Africa captain-turned-administrator Graeme Smith said the five-day format needs a balanced revenue-sharing model compared to a busy calendar to survive. Needed. Currently, India is the biggest beneficiary of the ICC's revenue distribution model, with 38.5 per cent of total earnings assured for the 2024-27 cycle. While the Indian board will get US$231 million annually, West Indies will get around US$27.50 million, South Africa will get US$26.24 million and a small country like Afghanistan will get only US$16.82 million per year.
Smith said the challenge lies in eliminating this disparity.
“Everyone talks about scheduling but the real challenge for Test cricket is the financial modelling. You've heard Jonny Graves (Cricket West Indies CEO) speak openly about the revenue sharing model,” said Smith, who The current Betway commissioner told PTI in an interview, SA T20 League.
“West Indies winning the Test in Australia is great for the game but they did not get any revenue from that tour. We discuss in the MCC cricket committee meetings what should be the revenue sharing model to make the countries so strong economically. They should want to play Test cricket.
The former MCC cricket committee member said, “Players feel they can make more money playing T20s rather than Tests. Those financial decisions ultimately affect the format.”
Many West Indies players prefer to become T20 freelancers and reject contractual agreements with cricket boards citing lack of funds. As a result, the Caribbean Board, along with Pakistan, have been vocal in their criticism of the model.
Despite being one of his country's most successful Test players, Smith said the T20 format is vital to the growth of the game and ensuring it remains commercially viable.
He said, “I love Test cricket and I want Test cricket to be strong, but it is probably a 6 or 7 nation format and T20 is for growth. It will help by introducing new players, new fans and new markets to the game.” Used to be.”
“It is important for South African cricket to bring seriousness to its product and keep cricket strong in the region,” said League Commissioner of the Betway SA20 League.
Smith said his idea is to groom players across formats, taking inspiration from the IPL, which has produced talents like Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Yashasvi Jaiswal.
He said, “We want to follow the IPL in developing players across all formats. We would love to see our national team compete in the World Cup and play Test matches around the world and have a strong T20 league. “
Smith said that he is impressed by the performance of young players like Jaiswal and Shubman Gill in Test cricket.
Jaiswal became the third youngest Indian to score a double century in the recently concluded second Test against England, while Gill had scored a century in the same match.
“Indian cricket is very fortunate to have so much talent. When we talk about these two, their fame and their skills largely come to light through the IPL. Talent now comes through different platforms. And if you're good enough, you can still do that.” Play every format,” said the veteran, who has scored 9265 runs in 117 Tests.
He is sad that South Africa, a once strong team, has failed to perform well in the five-day format in recent times.
Smith, who led his country, said, “It's sad. We haven't played good Test cricket for a long time. We have some quality players but nobody averages above 40, whereas when we played The six players averaged around 50.” Record 54 Test wins.
He also said that Indian cricket has enough talent to undergo a transformation after the retirement of stalwarts like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.
He said, “Virat and Rohit have been incredible for Indian cricket. I think there will always be enough talent in Indian cricket but it will be a sad day to see these guys retire.”
When Smith, considered one of the greatest captains of all time, was asked who according to him could be the future captain of the Indian team, he did not mention any name.
The veteran, who became captain at the age of 22, said, “I think it is important to have someone who can handle the expectations and pressure and manage the players. Captaining India is a huge job and it is a lot of responsibility. And that comes with a lot of pressure.”
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