"Test cricket will die in 15-20 years" - Here's why Saqlain Mushtaq feels Test cricket can't survive long
Concerns are often raised about Test cricket. The coming of T20 cricket and later the loss to Test cricket due to various franchise leagues is always under discussion. In such a situation, former Pakistan cricket team bowler Saqlain Mushtaq has also given his statement regarding this. Mushtaq said that Test cricket will end in the coming 15-20 years.
In an exclusive conversation with Sportskeeda, Mushtaq said that he think Test cricket will also end in the next 15-20 years. He added that the younger generation would naturally want to play T20 cricket with their mindset with also
considering the financial side and timing, T20 cricket ticks all the boxes.
"I feel even Test cricket will die in the next 15-20 years. With the younger generation and the mindset that they have, they will naturally want to play T20 cricket," he said.
Mushtaq further said that the ICC and the cricket boards have to find some way to keep Test cricket alive as this is the real cricket. He continued that it is Test cricket which helps players to learn life skills like strategy, patience, decision making etc.
"It is Test cricket that helps you learn life skills like strategies, patience, decision-making etc. If you want money and fame, then there's T20 cricket. But if you want life skills and want to play the purest form of cricket, then it's Test cricket."
It is worth noting that the ICC has also taken some steps regarding Test cricket. The World Test Championship is the biggest step among them. New Zealand won the inaugural edition of the championship last time while the second cycle is currently going on. This has been done to bring people's interest in Test cricket.
Although T20 cricket is very popular at the moment. Almost every Test nation has its own T20 league. In such a situation, it is also correct to talk about the loss of Test cricket. Test cricket doesn't last as long as before. If seen, there have been changes in the longest format of the game and nobody knows how long will the legacy of cricket can tackle the modern day cricket.