Speaking on Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) stance over the WorldT20 tournament taking place in 2018, the Chairman of the PCB Mr Shaharyar Khan said that he personally dislikes T20 format and preferred the development of Test cricket rather than the shortest form of the game.
“Yes, T20 format is very popular and helps in the globalization of cricket sport. But, I am a old school man and i personally believe that Test cricket is the real game. Our focus should be more on developing Test format rather than holding T20 tournaments which is actually killing the ODI and Test formats of the game”, the Pakistan chief opined.
“T20 games are already played in abundance with almost every individual test nation conducting their own commercial leagues. We have them in plenty even if the T20 World cups are delayed or stopped completely if possible. It must be noted that the Public are getting habituated with the T20 format of the game to a larger extent and as a result other formats of the game are lacking viewers support”, he added.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has initially decided to hold the next ICC T20 World Cup in 2020 since the Champions Trophy is scheduled in 2017 and the 50-over World Cup in 2019. But, the apex board seems to have changed its mind after seeing some lucrative figures related to the T20 World Cup, concluded recently. According to the ICC, T20 World Cup can be used to create huge revenue to help the board function effectively.
The International cricket council has been encouraged by the fact that over 80 million in India have watched India’s semi-final game and also the games against Australia and Pakistan. It has been reported that there were over 750 million views worldwide for online videos of the T20 matches , compared to the 50-over world cup when it was 250 million.
According to the sources, the ICC is also considering on a lucrative deal with StarSports over the broadcasting and sponsorship rights.
However, the final call over the two-year cycle of the World T20 tournament will be taken next month during the ICC Annual Conference. It is also clear that Pakistan will oppose the move, voting against it.