"You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically. For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB,” he said.
Raja feels that there is little interest in Test cricket and the Asian boards need to plan Test matches in a better way so that the oldest format of the game doesn’t lose out to the shortest format — T20s.
"It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that's the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues," Raja insisted.
Earlier, former Committee of Administrators member Ramachandra Guha had also pulled up the BCCI for handing former India skipper MS Dhoni a Grade ‘A’ contract. In the letter, in possession with Cricketnext, Guha told COA chairman Vinod Rai that it was sending out a wrong signal.
“Unfortunately, the superstar syndrome has distorted the system of Indian team contracts. As you will recall, I had pointed out that awarding MS Dhoni an ‘A’ contract when he had explicitly ruled himself out from all Test matches was indefensible on cricketing grounds, and sends absolutely the wrong message,” he had written.
First Published: July 5, 2017, 11:26 AM IST