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Make Test cricket more popular, says Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj Singh.  

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“Test cricket is in decline. You have to make sure crowds come to watch,” Yuvraj says.

Yuvraj Singh, gearing up for the Abu Dhabi T10 League this month, was appreciative of the line of thinking to have five Indian venues for Test cricket.

“Test cricket is in decline. You have to make sure crowds come to watch. Such venues and also areas to make Test cricket more exciting need to be identified. The thought is right, but you need to make sure Tests become more popular in India. Whatever centre is chosen, it is important that the crowds comes.”

The idea was mooted by Virat Kohli. In a bid to popularise Tests, India has decided to play a D/N Test against Bangladesh in Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Expressing his views on the move, the left-hander said: “You have to play more of this type to know how exciting cricket with the pink ball can become. That way we can also understand the best conditions to play. You cannot have one pink ball Test a year.”

Yuvraj felt the odds will be against bowlers with the pink ball. “The pink ball swings only in the (day) light, there’s no swing in the afternoon and very slight swing in the evening. The spinners will also find it difficult to turn the ball,” he said.

Exploring T10

The left-handed all-rounder is exploring T10 after retiring from competitive cricket and will turn out for Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi league. “I have not played the T10, so don’t know how quickly the action is going to happen.

“I don’t know how much time a player will get to think; I guess planning has to happen in advance,” said Yuvraj, speaking at an event by Sony Pictures.

An influential player with two World Cup-winning squads, he expressed confidence about the steps taken to try out new T20 players in matches before the World Cup T20 next year.

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