England bowler James Anderson says he is “worried” about the future of Test cricket after three internationals signed limited-overs-only contracts, reports BBC.
Adil Rashid,Alex Hales and Reece Topley said last month they would not play first-class cricket.Anderson is concerned the money on offer in lucrative Twenty20 leagues will encourage younger players to follow suit.
“I just pray there is enough love for Test cricket out there,” he said.
England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker added: “With the way cricket is going and the amount of Twenty20 cricket around the world, there is that worry that more and more people will start doing it.”
The white-ball game is becoming increasingly popular among players because of the often huge contracts on offer playing for franchises in the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League.
Leg-spinner Rashid will play only limited-overs cricket for Yorkshire this year, while opener Hales has signed a limited-overs deal with Nottinghamshire for the next two seasons.
Anderson says Test cricket is adapting with the introduction of pink-ball cricket and day-night Tests, but fears it will not be enough to attract some players in future.“The next generation of players coming through might see that as a way to go if they want to find a career in cricket,” added Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003 and is fifth on the all-time wicket-takers list with 523.
“It’s a lot less hours on the field playing, it’s a lot easier on the body and the mind, and it potentially could be more [lucrative] in terms of the money they can make around the world.”