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Former English player claims, WTC has caused a lot of damage to Test cricket

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Mark Butcher made this statement when South Africa announced its B team for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Mark Butcher. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Former England cricketer Mark Butcher has given a big statement regarding the World Test Championship. He himself is very upset to see the decline of Test cricket. According to Mark Butcher, the World Test Championship has harmed Test cricket further instead of improving it.

Mark Butcher made this statement when South Africa announced its B team for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand. Let us tell you, due to SA20, many experienced players of South Africa will not participate in this test series and many people have strongly criticized the franchise league tournament for this very thing.

Mark Butcher said on the Wisden Cricket Weekly podcast, ‘The one thing they did to save Test cricket was the World Test Championship. The point is that your bilateral series has to capture the imagination of the fans and the players of the two countries playing in it. Then there’s the wider audience of cricket and the only way to do that is to be competitive and it’s always been that way.

It’s like surrender: Mark Butcher

Mark Butcher further said, ‘Wherever this has happened, change has been seen. There has also been an increase in the salaries of players. I have no problem with all these things that are being discussed between the board and the players but this is like surrender.

Let us tell you, ICC started organizing the World Test Championship in 2019. A total of 61 matches were played in the first cycle of the World Test Championship. In the first round, India had to face defeat by New Zealand in the final. After this, the final of the second round was played between India and Australia, in which India had to face defeat.

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