WI an example of T20 chaos - Waugh
BERLIN, Germany, CMC - Outstanding former Australia Test captain Steve Waugh believes the turmoil in West Indies cricket is a perfect example of the disruption the Twenty20 format has caused in the sport internationally.
Speaking to media at the Laureus Sports Awards here Monday, Waugh said the lucrative T20 leagues across the globe had created a “loyalty to money” among players instead of “loyalty to the team.”
“There is a danger and we all know that. Look at West Indies. The incentive to play T20 cricket is so much more than Test cricket,” said the Australian stalwart, who played 168 Tests and 325 One-Day Internationals.
West Indies crowned themselves Twenty20 World champions earlier this month when they won the World Cup in India. With the triumph, the side became the first to win the tournament twice, following on from their maiden triumph in 2012 in Sri Lanka.
However, West Indies continue to struggle in Tests where they lie eighth. Most of their leading players now opt to play T20s instead of the longer format.
Waugh, who scored 10,927 Test runs and averaged 51 with 32 hundreds, said Australia, England and India were closest to finding balance among all three formats. “Australia are the closest when it comes to striking a balance, India have the potential and England are also coming up nicely,” Waugh pointed out.