Srinivasan declared that the BCCI still consider Test cricket as their top priority
President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Narayanaswami Srinivasan has dismissed speculation that he holds Twenty20 cricket in higher regards than Test cricket.
The editor of Widsen accused Srinivasan of acting in his and the board’s interest instead of doing what was best for the country, while Tunku Varadarajan, who is the editor of Newsweek International, wrote that the BCCI were destroying Test cricket by constantly looking to get more money injected into the Indian Premier League (IPL), which many former cricketing legends see as an out of control monster created by the board.
The IPL is seen as a fast and furious tournament, where players hit out or get out, but many cricket pundits hold it responsible for the dwindling turnouts at Test matches in India.
However, Srinivasan denied these accusations, stating that the BCCI is still as committed to Test cricket as it ever has been.
“T20 cricket was not invented by us,” The Telegraph quoted Srinivasan as saying. “The IPL has brought new audience into the game: the housewife and children. It has broadened the viewership base and interest in cricket. But there is still a lot of interest in Test cricket.
“I’m an old-timer. To me Test cricket is No.1. That is personally speaking. If you look at cricket, we now have three products: Tests, ODIs and T20s. If you look at the overall attendances … they have gone up. What people are asking is for maximum attendance for all three versions. It might not happen.”