T20 not a threat to Test cricket, says Brian Lara

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Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10:20 [IST]
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T20 not a threat to Test cricket: Lara

Dhaka, Jan 19: Former West Indies skipper Brian Lara feels the recent boom in T20s would not threaten the existence of the longer version of the game, as both the formats will succeed together.

Many former cricketers have voiced their opinion on the same issue as the current generation is concentrating more on T20 matches especially the lucrative leagues played across the globe.

A veteran of 131 Tests and 299 ODIs, Brian Lara felt the rise of T20 was always good for the game keeping in mind the crowd factor.

"I believe now with T20 cricket a lot more people are watching the game. Just remember, we are all entertainers. And if this kind of cricket brings interest to the people, cricketers will be happy to indulge in it. Test cricket is still important, so are ODIs (one-day internationals) but T20 should be there too because of the crowd factor," Lara told reporters in Dhaka.

Lara, the ambassador for Bangladesh's T20 Premier League felt cricketers wish to play the T20 league due to its lucrative nature. He also added that the introduction of various T20 leagues across the globe has made it more exciting.

"What I think is that the bowlers are pulling away from test cricket probably due to the amount of work. The money on offer in T20 cricket is an attractive proposition for players."

"This kind of competition (BPL) will make cricket more exciting I believe. Both can go on simultaneously," Lara added.

He also added that they were planning to launch a T20 league in the Carribean, to increase the interest amongst teenagers.

"In the Caribbean we found it difficult to encourage teenagers to take up the game. We are now launching our own domestic T20 competition. We will try to seek more youngsters play the game in the Caribbean," said Lara, who has


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