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The money in T20 is, as you'd expect, the reason he gives. Story, and a short segment of his interview, at Sky Sports.

On the other hand, Andrew Strauss doesn't agree.

Who's right? I know who I want to be right, but that's another matter!
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
Alan McGilvray wrote in the mid-1980's that Test cricket was under such a great threat from one-day cricket that Tests should become one-innings, 100-over-a-side games.

Even if the doom-sayers are right this time round, there's surely far too much inertia for Test cricket to die out in ten years' time, as Pietersen suggests is possible.
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
I'm sure it will still exist - but will it still be the pre-eminent form of the game? Or will we be heading towards the women's game, where Tests are pretty much an afterthought nowadays? (I know that's for different reasons.) The Ashes are too important to die, but what about the likes of NZ v WI?

The mid-1980s seem a long time ago, especially in commercial terms. 25 years ago, Test cricketers (in England, anyway) were not all that rich by the standards of today's international sportsmen. Even Packer's circus didn't come remotely close to what Indian T20 can offer now. And let's face it, a fair number of sportspeople are very greedy: there was a footballer not so long ago who wrote about his rage at "only" being offered £55,000 a week...
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
T20 doesn't count as cricket, so cricket will be dead to me if that were to happen.
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Date:July 22nd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I'm not as militant about that as you are, so I'd still follow the game... but it would be in the way I follow football now, just as a diversion and not really anything important. T20 is the garish coloured icing on the cake, nice to look at and fun, but without the solid mass of the cake itself the meal is insubstantial and nsatisfying.
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