Melbourne: England"s batting legend Geoffrey Boycott has warned that the lack of spectator interest is killing Test cricket, which requires radical changes to save it.
The former opening batsman said crowds at Ashes matches masked the dwindling attendances for Tests elsewhere in the world, with even the recent series between South Africa and Australia, failing to sell out.
“If you"re watching England against Australia this summer, we"re all seduced into believing Test cricket is fine because you could sell Test-match cricket twice over for huge amounts of money because it ... has history and tradition," Boycott said.
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“We can say it in the Twenty20 and 50-over game but Test cricket continues on and on. There"s the ranking system, but there"s no actual trophy where you can hold it aloft. Something definitely needs to be done to lift the profile of Test cricket," he said.
Boycott added: “The idea is not just to have a world championship but to package it better."
The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced last month that it was considering the possibility of having a day/night Test in 2010 on a trial basis.