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Sad Day for Test Cricket Fans Are Coming Soon

Sad Day for Test Cricket Fans Are Coming Soon

The New Zealand veteran and former captain Brendon McCullum feels that the day is not far when Test cricket will end surely due to the popularity of T20 cricket.

Cricket news: I am not seeing much hope for Test cricket in the future, says McCullum

When the two English cricketers, Alex Hales and Adil Rashid, told in March that they would give a break to their respective first-class careers and would not focus much on red-ball cricket, many raised questions regarding their decision.

Later the limited-overs captain of England, Eoin Morgan, supported them and added his worry regarding the five-day cricket format. "If something was going to be done about it [Test cricket], it probably should have been done already," said Morgan.

At present Brendon McCullum, who is currently playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, has shared his gloomy outlook and said that there are not many teams who can support the resources to organise Test cricket.

"I firmly believe that Test cricket won't be around in time, because there's only so many teams that can afford to play it. And whilst we all adore Test cricket, and for me it is the purest form of the game - I'm loyal to it - I'm also a realist that people are turning up and watching T20," McCullum said.

He even added that the future of cricket would be similar like football, with the players’ first commitments resting with their respective franchises.

"Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match," he added.

ICC have granted the status of Full Members to Ireland and Afghanistan, raising the number to 12 Test playing nations. Ireland are already playing against Pakistan, while Afghanistan will begin their test career against India next month in Bangalore.

Despite ICC’s efforts to bring more teams into the longer format of the game is not enough to ensure the former and current crickets as they remain unsure about the future of Test cricket.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75