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9 February, 2019 01:04:40 AM
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Manohar lauds Bangladesh cricket

Test cricket is dying, says ICC chairman
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Manohar lauds Bangladesh cricket
ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar (R-2nd) along with his spouse Varsha Manohar and BCB President Nazmul Hassan (R-3rd) watching the BPL-6 final match at Sher-e- Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar eulogised Bangladesh cricket and Nazmul Hassan Papon, president of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) for his far-sighted leadership, under whom the chairman said Bangladesh are improving on a regular basis.

Manohar also said that what is needed much for them is to maintain their consistency in performance and if they stamped their authority over it, they can be reached at the echelon of the top gear of the world cricket.  

Citing the names of the top-notch cricket nations-India, Australia and England, Manohar said that they were all beaten by Bangladesh, who also lined-up South Africa, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies and Sri Lanka with these high-ranked sides.

“Cricket is doing well under the leadership of Nazmul. Everybody knows Bangladesh in the world now,” said Shashank Manohar, who is the first ICC chairman visiting Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh can now beat India, Australia and England. They are performing very well,” Manohar told media at his first official press conference in a local city hotel before a programme arranged by BCB in honour of him.

“The only thing lacking is consistency. They can be in the top of the world,” he added.

The way Twenty20 tournaments are being hosted across the world and captivated the interests of the players and broadcasters for its financial values, the things that cornered the other formats of games now-a-days.    

Manohar, who came here in Bangladesh on a three-day visit, acknowledged the reality and said that they must have to formulate other mechanism to popularise and make a better future for the other formats of games beside Twenty20.

“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,” ICC chairman viewed.

“Nowadays, people don’t have time five days time to watch a Test match. From 10 to 5 everybody has their own job to do so it is very difficult for them to watch this game,” he maintained.

“T20s get over in 3.5 hours, like watching a movie. Therefore, it is picking up very fast,” he added.

Shashank Manohar, who was in the realm of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) before taking chairmanship in ICC, issued a stark warning of Test cricket as he said Test cricket is virtually dying.

He said that they needed to start working right away for Test cricket so that it could be regained its lost pride and generated more interests in the games.

Virtually, ICC has no big programme for Test cricket like the 50-over and 20-over World Cup. But Manohar informed that they all reached at the conclusion they needed to start a Test Championship to live up Test Cricket.

“We’re trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest, because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. So to improve the situation, we’re trying ways and means,” he informed.

“The board directors came to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” he added.

When he was asked to include cricket to Olympics, the chairman described some certain barriers that made impossible for the time being.

“We’re trying to take it to Olympics but there are certain hurdles,” the 61-year-old lawyer and cricket administrator said.

“The bigger issue is the Olympics is held over 15 days. How do you finish a world event of cricket in fifteen days? For that, you need cricket stadiums also,” he also said.

“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,” he added.

Nagpur-born Manohar said that they have globalisation of cricket in mind but right now they have focused on cricket in America but it needed 15-20 more years to inject cricket.

“As far as America cricket is concerned, my firm belief is that if you have a good board in America, it will take 15-20 years to develop cricket there. There is no cricket culture there,” the sexagenarian Manohar said.

“Only expats from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka play cricket there. It is not going to develop the game,” he said, signing off.

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