Usman Khawaja explains the reason behind players giving priority to T20 cricket over Tests

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The increasing popularity of T-20 cricket in the last few years has had an impact on the longest format of cricket.

Usman Khawaja (Photo Source: Twitter)

The increasing popularity of T-20 cricket in the last few years has had an impact on the longest format of cricket. For this reason, from time to time, voices have been raised to save Test cricket. In this sequence, Australia’s opening batsman Usman Khawaja has reacted. He says that international boards will take steps for the safety of Test cricket.

Recently, great Australian cricketer Steve Waugh had given a statement regarding red ball cricket and he said that many cricketers are moving away from the longest format of the game. Usman Khawaja’s reaction came immediately after this statement. He says that despite the craze for T-20 cricket, the only way to save Test cricket is to pay good salaries to the players.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Khawaja said, if I was a player from another country and was getting paid well to play international cricket, I would have got paid more to play T20 cricket. I’m sorry, but I’m going to play T20 cricket. Not because it doesn’t make sense, I love playing for my country, but it’s also a matter of taking care of your family.

Cricket boards need transparency

He further said that, in my personal opinion, unfortunately the pay to play international cricket is not as good as in some other countries. These are just raw facts. I know this because I have talked to players from other countries. I’ve asked them what their average salary is, what their match contracts are for their countries.

Khawaja says that, we have to find a way to encourage other countries to play international and especially Test cricket. For this, all cricket boards need transparency so that they can find out how to pay the players in the best way.

If you look, there is a huge gap for the Windies, they are struggling, they are not bringing in enough money, so world cricket needs to come together to help. But until you get that clarity and know 100% that the money isn’t misallocated, it’s hard to know.

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