Cummins is hoping for ‘a silver bullet’ to stop the depreciation of Test cricket.

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“Unfortunately the issue is that some of the other countries aren’t getting paid as well for playing international cricket,” Usman Khawaja says

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Although Pat Cummins acknowledges he occasionally worries about the future of the five-day game, he doesn’t think the popularity of Test cricket is “as dramatic as it sometimes gets spoken about”. This, despite Usman Khawaja drawing attention to the situation’s lack of pay parity in the cricket world.

“I hope that in ten or twenty years, it will be even stronger than it is now,” Cummins stated to media prior to Australia’s third Test match against Pakistan in Sydney. “I believe that there were some unanswered questions about Pakistan and the West Indies prior to this summer’s Test season. We’ve had two terrific Test matches against Pakistan, both with sizable attendance.

“So I don’t think it’s in as dramatic a decline as sometimes it gets spoken about. But I think there is an issue just with the amount of other cricket out there, obviously competition for talent is higher than it’s ever been.”

When South Africa revealed a patchwork lineup for their two-Test series in New Zealand in early February, conversations about the future of Test cricket returned late last week. Neil Brand, who was uncapped at the time, was elected captain despite the fact that numerous first-choice players were playing in the SA20 league. The fifteen-year-old Duanne Olivier is the most seasoned player on the 14-man roster, which consists of seven capped and seven uncapped players.

Cummins hoped that South Africa’s decision to travel to New Zealand with a subpar team was an isolated incident.”I grew up absolutely loving Test cricket,” he said. “I think it does go through phases. I know the South African team aren’t sending their strongest sideĀ I’m hoping it’s a phase.”

Speaking to Fox Cricket, Khawaja stated that the entire cricket community must recognize and confront the impending catastrophe.

“In my personal opinion, unfortunately the issue is that some of the other countries aren’t getting paid as well for playing international cricket,” he stated. That is the unadulterated truth. I’ve asked players from other countries about their average wage and their national match contracts, so I know this to be true.”

“It would be just great to see all the boards and where their finances are at. Are they struggling, is the money going into the right places, is it going back to the players. We’ve got to figure out a way for them to be incentivised to play international and particularly Test cricket. That requires transparency from all cricket boards around the world to try to figure out how to pay the players the best way they can.

“Once you can get on top of that, if you see a massive shortfall for say the Windies – they’re struggling, they’re not bringing in enough money – then world cricket needs to gather round to help. But until you get that clarity and 100% know the money isn’t being misallocated, it is hard to know.”

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