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McCullum believes Test cricket will cease to exist

Brendon McCullum can see T20 franchises owning players in years to come and does not expect them to be allowed to feature in Test cricket.

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News 13 May 2018, 19:38 IST
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Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum believes Test cricket will cease to exist in the future due to the increasing pulling power of Twenty20.

McCullum spoke of his love of the longest format of the game in an interview with Cricket Monthly, but does not expect it to be around forever.

"I firmly believe that Test cricket won't be around in time, because there's only so many teams that can afford to play it," he said.

"I'm also a realist that people are turning up and watching T20 not just at games but also on TV - society's changing, isn't it? People don't have four or five days to commit to Test cricket. 

"They might watch the first session, and the last session on day five if it's tight, but they're not going to... then you strip it back a level as well and you think domestically, how can teams around the world afford to even exist?"

"Long, long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match."

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