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Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes that Twenty20 Internationals need to disappear in order for Test cricket to survive in the long run.
Smith acknowledged that the longest format is in danger of going extinct due to the meteoric rise Twenty20 cricket has enjoyed in the last decade.
With an increasing number of domestic Twenty20 competitions being held around the world, many players are turning their backs on Test cricket as there are more lucrative contracts on offer in the shortest format.
“I am a big believer that T20 cricket shouldn’t be played at international level. Maybe have a World Cup every couple of years but it should be largely a domestic-based format,” Smith was quoted as saying by Times Live.
Smith also feels that Test cricket should be marketed better in order to make it more attractive to people of all ages.
“Test cricket needs some context, how they get there I don’t know,” he said. “They need to invest in marketing that game a little bit better. So much money nowadays go into marketing the T20 game and rightly so because it’s an amazing concept.
“The ICC needs to sit down and work on a way forward for cricket. Maybe there should be six months a year that’s just domestic T20 cricket and six months is international cricket.
“These things need to be debated because I don’t think in the current system everything can survive.”