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India opener Gautam Gambhir and spinner Harbhajan Singh have accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to market Test cricket properly.
Gambhir’s comments come after former Australia batsman and outgoing national selector Mark Waugh lashed out at India for being “selfish” due to their refusal to play a day-night Test against the Baggy Greens at the Adelaide Oval in December.
Recalling a Test match he played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata back in 2011, Gambhir was quoted by manoramaonline as saying: “I don’t think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20s. I remember a Test match at Eden Gardens against West Indies (in 2011). India batting on the first day and there were 1,000 people.
“Imagine Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman playing and there are only 1000 people.”
Harbhajan echoed Gambhir’s sentiments, adding: “I don’t know but they have messed it somewhere. May be cut down on T20s and ODIs.”
Meanwhile, Gambhir also criticised the fact that India will play three Twenty20 Internationals and three ODIs ahead of their five-Test series against England.
Gambhir insisted that playing limited overs cricket before a five-Test series will not be beneficial to India.
“Playing with red dukes in Test is completely different from playing white ball cricket,” he said. “The three T20s and three ODIs isn’t an indicator of how well you are prepared for the Tests.”