Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian Test opener, has come out and stated that there is a great need for Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) to market Test cricket better than the way it has been done in India and that perhaps Test cricket is getting neglected by the governing body of sport in the country.
India recently played a 13 Tests home season and will play 19 more matches wearing whites on their own shores till 2023 but Gambhir feels that isn't something helping people get into the grounds to watch Test Cricket.
Gautam Gambhir was quoted saying to the India Today that, "I don't think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20s. I remember a Test match at Eden Gardens against West Indies (in 2011). India batting on the first day and there were 1000 people, Imagine Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman playing and there are only 1000 people,"
While Gambhir was talking, he had COA chief Vinod Rai and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri in front, at a book launch. Harbhajan Singh another Indian Cricket veteran present felt Test cricket should be taken to tier-2 cities.
Gambhir doesn't feel this as a one-time solution, he said, "I don't know but they have messed it somewhere. Maybe cut down on T20s and ODIs,"
India are scheduled to play three Twenty20 and three ODIs before the five-Test series against England during their upcoming tour, starting June 27.
Gambhir reiterated the enormity of the upcoming challenge by saying, "Playing with red dukes in Test is completely different from playing white ball cricket. The three T20s and three ODIs isn't an indicator of how well you are prepared for the Tests,"
(Inputs from India Today)