Originally Posted by sideshowtim
As I said...Test cricket has survived pretty much everything you can think of. I don't see why it would die off because of this....It could possibly mean less ODI's are played....but too many of those are played these days anyway, so why does it matter?
I think the ICC has handled this T20 phenomenon very well. With the creation of this international tournament and also the creation of the IPL they are avoiding the catastrophe that happened with WSC cricket. And if Tests could survive that sh*t storm, who's to say they won't survive T20?
Test cricket is the format prefered by every International cricketer in the World. Ask them which format they'd rather be successful at and they'd all give you the same answer. As long as all cricketers have this passion, which has been built by years and years of love for the game, Test cricket will be around. People who love the game enough to play it professionally will always see Test cricket as the epitome of the game.
Hear hear. I agree mate. Predicting the 'death' of something seems to be very fashionable. In the case of Test cricket though, it offers something entirely different to Twenty20 - and that is why it won't be overrun by it. It is a totally different animal. For mine, Twenty20 is like Sevens Rugby where so many tries are scored (or big shots are played) that you just end up going: 'ho hum another boundary'. Boundaries and big shots should be unique, not monotonous to the point of being meaningless.