Ricky Ponting, who used to be the leader of Australia, thinks that the International Cricket Council (ICC) can help even out pay differences in Test cricket. Ponting used the example of West Indies players who, for financial reasons, would rather play club cricket than play for their country.
At an event put on by the ICC before the World Test Championship final (WTC) between India and Australia on June 7 at the Oval, Ponting was asked if young people want to play the five-day game in an age of T20 matches. He said that the answers to that question vary from country to country.
The Australian also said that it is getting harder for the West Indies to train young players who want to play Test cricket. He also said that the way they pay out in the Caribbean is not the same as in some franchise leagues.
“The answer to that question is different in each country. Ponting said, “It’s getting harder and harder to train young people in places like the Caribbean who want to follow their dream of playing Test cricket.”
“Their payment system in the Caribbean doesn’t match up with some of the franchise leagues, and it will be the same in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh,” Ponting said.
ICC should make the payments for international Test cricket a bit more equal: Ponting
Ricky Ponting went on to say that players in India, England, and Australia were paid well to play in the longest version of the game. The 48-year-old asked the ICC to fix the problem so that players from other countries who want to play for their country can do so. He also said that in India and his country, most young people want to wear blue caps.
“That’s not the case in India, England, or Australia. When you play Test cricket for your country, you get paid well, and most people want to play Test cricket. “The ICC has a part to play here,” the former world champion said again.
Also, the Australian great wants the top cricket organization to make the payments for international Test cricket a bit more even. Ricky Ponting thinks that this change will make players from other countries want to play for their own country. He also said that he had already talked to the ICC about this issue and given them his suggestions in the past.
“It’s something that’s been talked about at a very high level at the ICC to help with that, but I get the sense that most of these young people in India and Australia want to wear the baggy blue cap,” said Ponting.