As Pakistan Rests Shaheen Afridi For The 3rd Test, Ex-India Star Fumes

Former batter of team India Aakash Chopra has raised concerns over the future of Test cricket, saying that the longest format of the game has been put on "ventilator". Chopra's comments came after South Africa named a second string squad for their upcoming tour of New Zealand. He also reacted to Pakistan's decision to rest star pacer Shaheen Afridi for the third and final Test against Australia, which got underway on Wednesday in Sydney. The Proteas named a depleted squad due to players' commitment with the franchises for the upcoming season of the SA20.

While Cricket South Africa has iterated that they are fully committed to securing the future of Test cricket, Chopra opined that the oldest format of the game is "ICU.".

Chopra said in a video uploaded on his YouTube channel that, "Believe it or not, Test cricket is in the ICU at the moment and has been put on the ventilator. Firstly, a handful of teams play Test cricket, and among them, only three teams are left that can afford to play Test cricket. South Africa recently announced their team for the series against New Zealand. They have made a proper second-string team. The reason is that SA20 is about to start. It is their domestic T20 tournament.”


Jan 4, 2024 5:47 AM