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Test cricket is dying: Manohar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

has said that Test is dying and the World Test championship, which is set to begin after the World Cup, will be able to revive the longest format of the game.

"We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest. Because Test is actually dying to be honest," was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

"So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test alive and generate more interest in the game.

"If you look at the TRPs of the broadcasters, T20 has the maximum TRP. It is because of being the shorter version of the game. Nowadays, people don't have five days time to watch a Test match."

The ICC's long-awaited league competition for will be contested over two-year cycles.

The first edition of the championship is set to begin at the conclusion of and run until April 2021, when the two top teams will meet in a championship final.

also said that logistical problems are proving to be a major hurdle to their plans of including cricket in

"We are trying to take it to but there are certain hurdles. The bigger issue is the is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days?," he said.

"For that you need cricket stadiums also. Olympics are not held only in cricket-playing countries. They are played elsewhere, so to finish the tournament you will need a minimum of four stadiums.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 22:35 IST