English players say more cash needed to prevent Tests being swamped by T20

June 24th, 2008 - 3:36 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 24 (ANI): English players have called for a huge injection of cash to prevent Test cricket being swamped by the Twenty20 explosion.
They feel the worlds top Test stars must be better rewarded to stop them concentrating too much on T20.
On the domestic front, players believe prize money for winning the County Championship should be raised more than seven-fold to 750,000-pounds for Division One and 250,000 pounds for Division Two.
Results of a Professional Cricketers Association survey involving 334 players including Michael Vaughans England team were released on Monday, the Sun reports.
The message is that, while Twenty20 cricket is great and highly lucrative, the primacy of the long version of the game must be preserved.
Ninety per cent of county players rate Test cricket the games pinnacle and reckon, to protect that, the worlds best must be paid properly.
They also think Test cricket should be split into tiers, where the best teams play each other over a three-year cycle ending with a champion.
PCA chairman Dougie Brown said: The players love Twenty20, but believe the longer game is where they learn and hone their skills.
The players back a domestic season, which includes four-day championship matches, a 50-over competition and the Twenty20. More than 80 per cent think the Pro40 event should go.
The survey also reveals half the England squad would consider quitting international cricket early to play in the Indian Premier League. (ANI)

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