Former South African legend Graeme Smith said that India has played an important role in the development of Test cricket under Virat Kohli. Smith said on ‘Sky Sports’ on the third day of the first cricket test between South Africa and England. “Only reputable countries or major cricketing countries contribute to Test cricket at the moment.”
London: Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith has said that India played an important role in the development of Test cricket under former captain Virat Kohli. He also believes that only five or six countries can play the game’s longest format in the coming years. Smith believes that only a few countries are currently contributing to the development of Test cricket. Smith said on ‘Sky Sports’ on the third day of the first cricket test between South Africa and England, “Only prestigious countries or big cricketing countries contribute to Test cricket at the moment.”
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The 41-year-old former South African captain feels India under Kohli ‘really took Test cricket seriously’. Kohli has been a supporter of the longest format of the game. He led India to the final of the first Test World Cup with several memorable Test victories. Smith said: “I think it’s wonderful that India really took Test cricket seriously under Virat Kohli. But you don’t want 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14 teams competing. You might only see five or six countries playing Test cricket at this level.
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All six teams in Cricket South Africa’s new T20 league have been bought by the owners of the Indian Premier League and Smith, who was recently appointed commissioner of the league, welcomed the investment, which he feels the country’s cricket board “desperately needs “. “This is certainly an investment in our game that South African cricket desperately needs,” Smith said. “There is pressure on countries like New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa to remain financially viable along with England, India and it is very important for the global game to remain competitive,” he said at the first tournament of the T20 league. To make it accessible to all its players, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has decided not to play the three-match ODI series in Australia. Smith said: “For four weeks of the whole year, the priority will be the league. I think if we hadn’t done that, South African cricket would probably have lost eight to 10 players to the UAE league.
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