West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is concerned about the future of the Cricket longest format and has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to provide assistance to lower-ranked nations in order for them to play the format on a consistent basis.
“Test cricket is in a bit of trouble. I’m worried more about the lower-ranked teams. They are not getting full support. The game is such a business now and you have the lower-ranked teams getting one or two Test matches,” said Gayle on TalkSport radio.
“It’s always about England, India, and Australia. Those are the big teams who play four or five Test matches against each other, we don’t get that chance with the lower-ranked teams. It’s a struggle for us.
We are always going to be down at the bottom and that’s not good for the sport. It’s going to be a big challenge and the ICC needs to look into that. That’s very key.”
Chris Gayle is optimistic about Stokes Captaincy
Gayle believes England made the right decision in naming star all-rounder Ben Stokes as Test captain. Simultaneously, Gayle has expressed hope that Stokes will receive the necessary support from his predecessor, Joe Root, and others in order to improve England’s fortunes in Test cricket.
After Root stepped down as England’s 81st Test captain on April 28, Stokes was named the 81st Test captain. In June, his first assignment as England’s Test captain will be a three-match home Test series against current World Test Championship winners New Zealand.
“I think it’s the best choice to have a guy like Ben Stokes, he’s been around world-class players and is a proper all-rounder. I think he’s the best choice to captain the England side. It was tough for Joe Root to step down, but I’m sure he (Stokes) will get the full support from Root and the rest of the players.”
“He’s a guy, based on what he has said, who is more focused on England cricket right now, which is good. He’s looking to accomplish more in the sport, within the international side of things.
Gayle’s experience as a captain
Gayle, who captained the West Indies in 20 Tests from 2007 to 2010, believes that captaincy helped him grow as an individual and had no effect on his personal form. He concluded captaincy develops you and teaches you how to better relate to others.
You already know who is on your side. It challenges you, and when the pressure is on, you know who is there for you and who will fight for you. It’s a great honor to be a captain, and it’s always a privilege to lead your country.”
Considered one of the greatest cricketers to have played the T20 format with 14562 runs in 463 matches, Gayle admitted that he hadn’t thought the shortest format of the game would gain popularity in a very quick time.
“At first, I was looking at the easy way out. Shorter format, you can finish quicker. I wasn’t really looking to the future. What is happening today, I wasn’t really expecting that. Since that game, the Stanford game, the $20million game. That changed everything within the sport of T20.”
“That’s why you see so many leagues now. The IPL is the biggest one and pays out more. You can get a future out of this game. T20 cricket is a life-changing aspect, it changes a lot of lives. It has for me. I’m really happy where it’s at today.”