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A pacer retires from test cricket at 27, while the other is looking for a test debut at 24: What the future of test cricket holds
Creator : Sujit Gupta
Category : Opinion

 Who are you to the game? Are you a fan, follower, or acquaintance?

Whatever you are, it does not matter right now, what matters is that you should acknowledge that you have an obligation to save the beautiful version of the game: Test cricket.

The test format of the game is slowly dying with the disease of non-relevancy. It is in pain, and we are yet to uncover the cure. In other words, we are struggling to find ways to keep the game relevant in the era of T20 cricket and now T10 cricket.


Things have become grave for the five-day format of the game when we see a player who is just 27 bidding the game adieu. A player who could have been of great value in taking the test cricket forward globally. Yes, we are talking about Amir.


Now, taking retirement is purely, and should be an individualistic decision, but at the same time, the number of players who gave up their whites to fit the world of colors is concerning.

On the other hand, we have a young player in the form of Jofra Archer, who would be itching to make his test debut. Recently, he has been picked for the Ashes tour and might even be in the playing 11.


Now the question is how a player can be so eager to play for the nation in all formats while the other 27-year-old says his time is up?


It is also true that every individual is built differently, and no one knows about the fitness levels of a player, then the player himself.


Something is going wrong, here as Amir is not the only one who has taken early retirement from the longer formats to concentrate on the shorter version of the game. There have been players who have chosen to focus on shorter formats.


It should be noted that five-day cricket is demanding and takes a huge toll on the body, but if the players continue to retire from test cricket, we might lose the small minority of the test cricket lovers.

Why can't it be the other way round, players curtailing their shorter format career to focus on test cricket? Is it the viability factor which forces players to play shorter cricket to be in contention for playing major T20 leagues.


We are no strangers to the news of rifts between boards and players regarding financial outlays. The West Indies cricket board has suffered from it, as players are keen on playing league cricket then representing their national sides in whites.


With the World Test Championship in sight, players like Amir along with Archer would have elevated the brand of cricket. It would have done a world of good for the survival of Test cricket. 


It should not surprise us that more players would follow the trend of quitting test cricket to concentrate on shorter forms, especially with T20 World Cup in the offing.


In fact, Pakistan's veteran pacer Shoaib Akhtar has come out and expressed his disappointment with the early retirement of Mohammad Amir. He made the following in his youtube channel (mentioned below).


"Mohammad Amir retirement could be followed by Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz and Juanid Khan's retirement. I don't understand what is happening with the Pakistan team. How could Mohammad Amir retire at the age of 27? Pakistan has invested so much on him and brought him out of the match-fixing scandal to the national side and is trying to give him chances. Now that he was in good form, he has retired".

Image Cr- Twitter/Geo Tv/AFP

Video Cr- Youtube (Shoaib Akhtar's channel)