There has been a lot of talk about this topic over the last few years with many different opinions. However, Michael Clarke thinks “there will always be room for each of the three formats of the game: Test, one-day and 20/20 cricket”.
“Test cricket is the pinnacle because in test cricket it incorporates everything a 20/20 and one-day game has within the five days,” says Michael Clarke. In test cricket, physically, mentally, emotionally and skillfully you have to be prepared for playing five days straight and at your best for each of those days. “This is unique to test match cricket, having to play at your best for five straight; something no other sport requires, therefore we should not lose this form of the game”, says Michael Clarke.
20/20 cricket has taken the world by storm, because of it’s short duration and explosive nature, the game has become an entertainment package and a great showpiece. Australia has one of the most competitive 20/20 competitions in the world. 20/20 cricket is an excellent introduction to the game for someone who hasn’t been exposed to cricket before. “It is a form of the game that will only continue to grow and gain momentum internationally, as a result of its growing success”, says Michael Clarke.
There has been a lot of talk about this form of the game reaching a turning point, where its role in the sport is becoming disputed. 20/20 cricket has become so popular in the game that there is a concern as to whether the one-day form is necessary anymore. “I still think one-day cricket is a great product as long as the important games and series occur,” says Michael Clarke. One-day games are still held in high prestige for players and hold some of the best moments in cricket history including the world cups. “Cricket is one of the only sports in the world where it has three complete packages, providing something for a broad range of players and viewers, therefore losing one of those forms would restrict and limit that market”, says Michael Clarke.
The hardest challenge in cricket today is trying to keep young boys and girls involved in the game as there are so many other sports and opportunities available to them. This area is where a lot of time and dedication needs to take place, ensuring the future of cricket by keeping the younger generations involved. “I would like to see women’s cricket improve as well, and I think it is essential for the development of our game. The ICC and Cricket Australia need to focus on ensuring we are giving young boys and girls every opportunity to play our great game, therefore, ensuring its continued existence” says Michael Clarke.