Sangakkara asks equal opportunity for Test matches

Published: Saturday, May 22, 2010, 16:12 [IST]
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More Test matches says Sangakkara

Colombo: Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has asked teams to be given equal opportunity in Test considering the decline of five day format game Sri Lanka were playing which was limiting their ambition.

Sangakkara welcomed the idea of a world Test championship and said teams should be given the chance of playing a minimum number of Tests in a year.

"It's great to have a Test championship but I believe that all sides should have an equal opportunity to play Test matches," Sangakkara told Reuters in Florida, where Sri Lanka are playing two Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand. "This year we are lucky that India wants to come and play Test matches but the opportunity for Sri Lankan players to fulfill their Test ambitions are getting more and more limited."

Since 2007, Sri Lanka have not made a tour outside to play Test Cricket. They haven't been to South Africa for a Test tour since 2002 and the Tests in 2011 will be their first in England in five years.

"Sides must be given the opportunity to play a minimum number of Test matches and the Future Tours Programme must be reorganized so some of the best sides tour more than just once in five years," Sangakkara said. "There was once talk of playing a Test championship without Sri Lanka in the first year at a time when we were number two in the Test rankings. These are the inconsistencies they must address."


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