Melbourne: The extremely popular Indian Premier League (IPL) has failed to impress the Australian fans of the game as in a survey they have termed the mega BCCI event as the biggest threat to the health of international cricket.

Launched by the Indian cricket board in 2008, the Twenty20 tournament has seen players earning mind-boggling contracts from the organisers via auction.

Senior and young cricketers from almost all the major cricket playing nations have expressed a strong desire to earn an IPL contract.

However, 54 per cent of around 4,000 respondents in the survey, conducted by Herald Sun newspaper, said the slam-bang format is not good for the health of international cricket while 43 per cent were of the opposite view and four per cent were not sure.

If the survey is any inkling of the future of Test cricket, purists and lovers of the traditional format of the game have reasons to cheer.

Seventy-eight per cent of participant fans still believe Test cricket is the No. 1 format and only 19 per cent said it had lost its top status.

Also, 73 per cent believes Twenty20 format cannot take over as the No. 1 form of the game, while only 20 per cent said it could. — PTI

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