ICC World Test Championship Final: I Think It Was Perhaps A Misquote


International Cricket Council (ICC) General Manager Wasim Khan admitted that Ricky Ponting’s views on pay disparity were a discussion point for them but it was not taken forward as he thinks ‘it was a misquote’. 

Ricky Ponting recently unveiled the trophy of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and Australia, slated to take place at the Oval, England from 7-11th June. The former Australian cricketer about the matchups during the event and also shared his verdict on the game. 

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Ricky Ponting said that discussions were on at a very high level in the ICC to ensure cricketers from smaller countries are paid well to play the five-day format. However, Wasim Khan said that members of the ICC Committee didn’t take the discussion forward. Speaking to the media, he said:

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“I think it was perhaps a misquote. It was raised initially within the ICC Cricket Committee. It was a discussion point, but certainly, nothing was taken forward around payments to players. 

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“Ricky’s views were a discussion point as many things are within the Cricket Committee but there has been no discussion with the members with regards to that.” 

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It provides more choice to fans – Wasim Khan On the growing threat from franchise cricket 

The growing advent of T20 leagues around the globe has taken world cricket by storm. Almost cricket playing every nation has its own league and the future of international cricket seems to be in jeopardy. Even players are preferring to play in the leagues rather than the nation because of the number of momentary funds they get. 

Wasim Khan said that the growing popularity of T20 leagues across the world have provided more chanced to fans and it’ll help them to see improvements in World Cups. He elaborated: 

 “The fact is there are highly competitive domestic T20 leagues being set up around the world. It provides more choice to fans, more choice to players and with that you get to see improvements in our white-ball World Cups. 

“With the emergence of leagues, there has to be a way to co-exist. We have to co-exist moving forward. The great thing is that members have signed up for WTC for the next eight years. We have some of the top stars of the game talking about the importance of Test cricket,” he concluded.

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