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In addition to franchise leagues, the ICC should try to safeguard Test and ODI cricket, according to World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev.

There appears to be a likely dramatic change in how cricket competitions will be held in the future as T20 leagues spread around the globe. Now that the UAE and South Africa are also launching their own Twenty20 cricket leagues, there are now even more competitions like the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League, and Big Bash League. Because there are so many franchise leagues throughout the world, the majority of which have attracted significant commercial interest, some analysts have projected that cricket may follow football’s lead and adopt the practice of having players compete in club contests for the majority of the year.

Kapil Dev, the captain of the 1983 World Cup-winning India team, believes that the money made by franchise T20 leagues should be used to preserve Test cricket.

According to Dev, “I think it’s dying away,” he told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. “The ICC must govern this game with greater accountability. It is following the path of European football. They don’t compete with other nations. Once every four years (during the World Cup). Is this what we’re going to have—the World Cup and club cricket the rest of the time?”

Dev continued by saying that it is the ICC’s duty to “guarantee the existence” of Tests and ODIs. “Will cricketers someday play mostly in the IPL, Big Bash, or another league like that? Therefore, the ICC must devote more effort to this to determine how they can assure the survival of Test matches, one-day cricket, and other forms of cricket beyond just club cricket “said he.

“For a while, club cricket is fine. Big Bash is all right. However, both the UAE and South African leagues are on the way. If every nation decides to play club cricket, international competition will only take place during the World Cup.”

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