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T-10 might harm Test format

Cricket has now entered to the business world as almost all cricket playing nations have started their individual leagues one after the other, which in fact is growing the interest of all those big fishing company owners of the world who are seeking to invest their money to earn some quality profits.

Indian Premier league (IPL), Big Bash league (BBL), NatWest T-20 Blast, Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Caribbean Premier league (CPL) and Pakistan Super league (PSL) are the top leagues of the world which invites quality players from all around the world.

If I am not wrong then the respective boards of these particular leagues had spent a lot of money to make their league capable of marking the highest ratings than the other leagues.

Recently, one more league has been introduced in UAE which has brought revolution across the cricket community as it was based on the new format which is 10 overs-a-side.

Before the introduction of T-10 league, T-20 was considered to be the shortest format of cricket. By the way T-20 cricket has record breaking viewership across the cricket fraternity than ODI and Test. I think that the newly born league would pull great interest of cricket fans across from the world.

The shortest format will consume just 90 minutes for a match to complete which I believe could be easy for a person to manage in order to get entertained.

The league is featuring world’s sensational players including Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Kumar Sangakara, Virender Sehwag, Darren Sammy, Carlos Brathwaite, Shoaib Malik and many of the high-profile players. Meanwhile, the cricket fans are looking forward to this tournament which indeed is going to double the action in short time.

On the other hand, the squads of all the six teams are ready with strong combinations hence all the players are ready to merge in order to accumulate quality cricket throughout the whole tournament.

Maratha Arabians, Pakhtoons, Punjabi legends, Colombo Lions, Kerala kings and Bengal Tigers are the six teams which are lined up to compete in the tournament.

Apart from this, I know that the league is going to provide thrilling action to the fans but all looks good from one side, whereas the other side is indicating towards the alarming situation regarding this league which could generate negative impact on players’ long-term fitness.

Just go through the squad of all the six teams, you will find many Pakistani players which in fact is a proof that the National players have shown great interest to play the shorter format despite having often long-term fitness issues.

I believe that this league would create a lot more fitness issues especially to the Pakistani players thus the National players will face difficulties to make them capable of playing long-format of the game.

We are already under serious droughts when it comes to Test format and after this shorter format it would increase.

The National players are focusing more on shorter format than the Test format which in fact lead to the fall of National Test team.

Pakistan had won 2 Test matches and lost 4 out of 6 Test matches they had played in 2017.

Moreover the retirement of Younis and Misbah made it more difficult for the Test team to pull themselves out of trouble with a new captain meanwhile the defeat against Srilanka was a proof of it.

On the other hand, the PSL franchise owners had also opposed this league stating the same views that it could affect the players.

Moreover much criticism was raised against the PCB for allowing the players to participate in this Particular league but all were ignored by the PCB.

The T-10 league President Salman Iqbal, who is also the owner of Karachi kings, thinks that this league will be an entertainment package for cricket lovers which clearly show that he hasn’t thought about the negative impacts this league could generate.

No one will be harmed from this league accept the Test cricket which gradually is demolishing in the country. In fact the level of First-class cricket also felt down as we have seen the less interest of the National squad players as they prefer the International leagues over the country’s first-class cricket.

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