England’s Test captain, Ben Stokes, often expresses his love for Test cricket. Once again, he has made a big statement regarding this, and in this statement, he has targeted the International Cricket Council (ICC).Ben Stokes denounced ICC for not giving the longer format of the game more attention, claiming that its survival is in danger due to the growing popularity of domestic T20 leagues throughout the world.
Stokes advised the ICC to do something different to popularise Test cricket. Hinting that Test-playing nations should follow in England’s footsteps by playing attacking cricket, Stokes said “entertainment” is needed more than “results” to popularise the five-day format.
Well, Stokes’ concern is justified to a large extent. In the last few years, not only has there been an increase in T20 leagues, but now T10 leagues are also being organized. Also, the schedule of international cricket is very tight. In such a situation, in a conversation with former England cricketer Ian Botham on the BBC, Stokes took a dig at the ICC regarding the busy schedule. He said that the schedule is not getting as much attention as it needs to. England’s ODI series against Australia after the T20 World Cup is an example of this.
Ben Stokes, recently announced his retirement from the ODI format. At the same time, instead of Joe Root, he was given command of the Test team. During his tenure, the England cricket team got to see a different side in Tests. Under the captaincy of Stokes, England have so far won 9 out of 10 Test matches.