Gautam Gambhir has come out hard at Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to give adequate importance to Test cricket. The 5-day format is facing tough situation worldwide, with the cricketing world calling out for measures to be taken to save the format. Day/Night Test has become prominent over the past few years, but it is yet to see any participation or concrete interest from India.
And Gambhir, a veteran of 58 Tests and 147 ODIs has lamented BCCI for their way of handling the Test format. He said, "I don't think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20s. I remember a Test match at Eden Gardens against West Indies (in 2011). India batting on the first day and there were 1000 people.
"Imagine Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman playing and there are only 1000 people," PTI reported.
India are set to tour England later this year. They will initially play three T20Is which will be followed by three ODIs and five Tests. And Gambhir has questioned the scheduling of the formats. "Playing with red dukes in Test is completely different from playing white ball cricket. The three T20s and three ODIs isn't an indicator of how well you are prepared for the Tests."
The future of Test cricket has been much talked about, given the rise of T20 format. For such situation, Gambhir has provided a solution. "I don't know but they have messed it somewhere. May be cut down on T20s and ODIs."
In the past few weeks, the likes of Mark Waugh and Ian Chappell have criticized India for their reluctance to play Day/Night Test match during their tour of Australia. Both of them have also questioned India's intent towards the future of 5-day format.