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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has insisted that he is not at all concerned about the future of Test cricket.
There have been worries over the longest format due to dwindling crowds and the growing popularity of the other two formats, especially Twenty20 cricket.
Despite this, Azhar is optimistic that Test cricket isn’t going anywhere.
He also lauded the introduction of day-night Tests as he feels it could benefit the format.
“No, I think the concerns are being exaggerated,” he told Sky Sports. “If you look at crowds in Australia and England, they are still huge and stadiums are packed. Yes, in some parts of the world like the sub-continent attendances are poor and of course in the UAE the local population are limited in which times and days they can attend matches so that affects attendances.
“People are saying that the popularity of Test cricket is being affected by the other formats gaining popularity, but I feel that Test cricket is still a very popular format and remains strong in the eyes of cricket fans around the world.
“I think it’s good that the people who run cricket are trying new ideas and being innovative. However, despite enjoying a good performance in day-night Test cricket and experiencing it in a positive way, I am someone who prefers Test cricket played in the traditional way.”