London: Former president of Marylebone Cricket Club Robin Marlar has said that star players like Sachin Tendulkar can still attract vast crowd in Test matches around the world.
"Players like Sachin Tendulkar can still attract vast spectators at Test matches," Marlar said while delivering the inaugural Ranji Memorial Lecture at the Nehru Centre here last night.
In his lecture titled "How to Protect, Preserve and Make Prosperous Test Cricket," Marlar was critical of the cricket administrators in India, who he said, were driven by commercial considerations rather than making Test cricket attractive.
"At present they (BCCI) were driven by financial consideration rather than the spirit of the game," he said.
Describing Ranjisinhji as one of the all-time great batsmen, Marlar said he had a team of coaches and bowlers who honed his cricketing skills.
Marlar also said that Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was a "chucker" but he could get away because of the "laws drafted by MCC are not alright."
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and his former team-mate Dilip Doshi, former England batsman Mike Brearley, former Pakistan basman Asif Iqbal, chairman of MCC Charles Frey and Zubin Mehta, well-known Indian western music conductor were present on the occasion.