Administrators must embrace day-night Tests even if players resist, says Manjrekar

Test cricket needs to be saved and players can be their saviors by taking daytime tests, Sanjay Manjrekar said at the Dilip Sardesai commemorative conference. Manjrekar felt that the "arrogant" attitude of cricket towards fanatics and archaic traditions at odds with changing times was impeding the popularity of the format. He expressed the need for the five-day game to be offered to fans "at their convenience," as they were no longer willing to go to the cricket grounds during work hours.

"The world changes constantly and with it The taste of the people Do not be fooled by the crowd in the test matches in England, that's an aberration I travel the world and I see countries struggling to attract crowds to the Test Cricket, "said Manjrekar at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai. Monday.

"It's not that there's no interest in the test cricket, only that people can not come to the stadium or watch television, that's because we're cocky, we've kept the schedules so that they are working hours. in which people would occupy positions in offices and fill all seats in Eden Gardens.It is time to be humble and offer Test Gricket to fans according to their convenience.

"The only way to increase audience, popularity and quality It is a test match day and night. Why are not we playing more day tests at night? It is a no-brainer. It would attract more viewers. "

The largest crowd shooter in the game, India, refused to play a day-night test proposed by Cricket Australia as part of the four-test series later this year. Under the CCIs The current regulations for the bilateral series, which state that the conduct of a day-night test requires the consent of the visiting team, however, they are likely to be eliminated from that election once the Testing Championship begins. , as member councils have recommended that it be the prerogative of the host nation only.

It is understood that senior Indian cricketers were wary of being thrown into a pink ball contest without convincingly testing it at home. While the pink ball has been tested in the Duleep Trophy – with mixed reactions of the players – most of the regular players of the Indian Test n or participated. Manjrekar felt that it was paramount for managers to prioritize the greater good of the game as the players, subsumed by the desire to win, are prone to a short-sighted attitude during their playing days.

"The players are cautious: the pink ball, the dew factor, etc. But I have always believed that the conditions are never unfair if they are the same for both sides, what is happening is that we want to give the perfect conditions for that players play, even if that means no one is watching … There was a time when the relationship between the players and the boards, especially in India, was uncomfortable, they always disagreed, but we must be careful not to go to the other And let's make the players happy, no matter what happens, not at the cost of the game, take the bull by the horns, do what's best for the game, for your long-term health, and have the players join, Even if they are reluctant, they will thank us later .. As a player, I also had a narrower vision of the game than now. "


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