The former wicket-keeper of Pakistan, Rashid Latif, has suggested eliminating test cricket in the upcoming Pakistan vs England series and just to keep the tour limited to the T20Is only.
In a Youtube video, Rashid emphasized on suggesting two boards to make a deal for eliminating the test and keeping the Pakistan tour of England truncated as much as possible as a consequence of the Coronavirus, the current global pandemic.
Also, he thinks that playing T20Is at the moment will be worth than playing Test matches as the upcoming event is the ICC T20 World Cup matches. Keeping an eye on the T20Is matches post the World Cup, can serve as a platform to practice better for the mega event for the players.
Rashid Latif suggests to limit England tour to T20Is only
“There should be options at the two board’s disposal as far as the Test series is concerned. I would not go for Test matches at the initial six-month stage. The next event is the T20 World Cup. I would ask them for six or seven T20 matches instead of the Tests,” he said.
“This would also help the team prepare for the upcoming global event. We don’t know yet if the event will go as planned in Australia because all governments will create new policies due to the epidemic.”
Rashid Latif also discussed that organizing the T20 matches can serve as a revenue-generating platform and the two boards, PCB and ECB, can make enough money. The wicket-keeper also discussed the challenges that might be faced during the matches.
“T20s happen in just one day and if we want to look at it financially it would provide both boards some help during these hard times.”
“This is not an easy decision to make. We will have to wait and see what the situation is along with the policies being formed by the ECB, United Kingdom’s government, and the PCB,” he said.
“The PCB cannot just accept the ECB’s invitation and go there because they can make money. This involves travelling which is the greatest challenge. The players will be at risk which makes this a hard decision.”