SYDNEY: Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has said India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri have been big supporters and promoters of trial cricket lately. He also said Kohli had been excellent in his desire to play trial cricket.
“(India coach) Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli (have) been big supporters and promoters of test cricket lately. I think Virat has been excellent in that regard, really wanting to play test cricket, in putting the game first, ”Taylor told Wide World of Sports.
Taylor has expressed concern over how long trial cricket will remain a priority in the future. “But the worry will be how long that will last. There is no doubt that as we get older and the new generations arrive, this love that people like me have for Test cricket may wane, and that is how much love people like me have for Test cricket. is what worries us older people. “
The 56-year-old was hoping the decision to call off the fifth and final England-India Test in Manchester was not taken to prioritize the 2021 Indian Premier League second leg. (IPL).
“I don’t think anyone would hold a grudge against players who don’t want to play a game when they have genuine concerns about the COVID infection. I think now we want to see some consistency. a test match is huge for the game of cricket, especially an Indian series, it’s a great series, ”Taylor said.
“When players take a stand against it, we all understand it, we do it and we understand that health comes first. But people have to take care of the health of the game. It puts pressure on the game of tryout cricket. in particular, then you have a T20 game, a national series coming up that all of these players want to play, ”Taylor added.
“We have to be careful; the players have to be careful to send a consistent message. If similar things happened at the IPL, I would like the players to take similar action,” Taylor concluded.