Vivian Richards makes pitch to save Test Cricket

West Indies cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards, has expressed the view that younger players are not giving Test cricket the respect it deserves.

He made the comments during an exclusive interview with the Times of India.

Richards did not name any player.

One of the main taking points during the interview was the meek surrender at home of the West Indies team to India.

Despite the final Test being washed out due to poor drainage facilities at the Queen’s Park Oval, India won the four-match Test series 2-0 after convincing victories in Antigua and St Kitts.

It was observed that players like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell were playing in the Carribbean Premier League while the Test team featured many inexperienced players.

Richards asserted that the best players should be available for test cricket, with the best players coming out of test cricket being drafted into IPL.

“Too many young players are jumping the gun and not wanting to play Test matches because of the attraction of T20 cricket,” Richards said.

The batting maestro also wants the ICC to stipulate a minimum of 75 yards as the boundary distance, as he feels smaller boundaries and not heavy bats are to blame for the game being tilted unfairly in favour of the batsmen.

“I see nothing with the bats. What I see are the boundaries. They are very small,” Richards stated.

He said:

“Sometimes you are playing with 60-yard boundaries. When you are playing with such good modified bats, the boundaries should be a little bit more respectable. Seventy-five yards should be the least. On these small boundaries, if a guy mis-hooks, it can still go for a six even though that’s a position you want your batsman to be in where he plays a false shot. That is making the game look a little silly.”