Cricket West Indies CEO urges major nations to prioritize Test cricket

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The economic model for Test cricket in India, England and Australia is severely broken and must be changed to avoid sending under-strength squads on tours, West Indies’ CEO Johnny Grave warned. The revenue share model for bilateral cricket must be addressed, he said. In 2018, Cricket West Indies suggested regulations on overseas players in T20 leagues and fees for home boards, but these were approved too late to prevent the impact of T20 leagues on international teams. Grave also mentioned the impact of spending on costly airfares for matches and the lack of a TV deal in Australia that is not commensurate with the level of support given to Australian cricket by CWI. He stressed the financial burden on boards like West Indies in supporting their players and raising red lights on the economic stress of Test cricket in Africa. He also cited the success of Caribbean Premier League as a source of hope in the harsh economic climate facing the sport.

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