Test cricket won't survive T20, says McCullum

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Former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum has doubts about the future of Test cricket.

He adds he's a realist in that people are watching far more T20 cricket than the longer forms.

With a plethora of domestic tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL) dedicated to Twenty20 cricket, McCullum admitted that the clock is ticking in regards to Test cricket going extinct.

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McCullum, who himself played 101 Tests for New Zealand, is now playing in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as well as other T20 teams around the world, after having retired from worldwide cricket in 2016.

"Long long-term, I see a T20 franchise as owning players, and I don't see them releasing those players to play for their nation in a Test match", he said.

McCullum told Cricket Monthly that he firmly believed Test cricket would not be around in time, because there were only so many teams that could afford to play it.

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McCullum retired from global cricket in 2016 and but still plies his trade around the globe, taking part in the IPL, the BBL, the CPL, the PSL and the BPL. He even went on to say that cricket will mirror football in terms of the club culture where the players' first commitments will rest with their respective franchisees who might be unwilling to share their services. McCullum is the second name on the all-time run scorers' list in T20, with over 9000 runs, second only to Chris Gayle. He is one of only four players (Dwayne Bravo, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson are the others) to have appeared in 11 straight seasons of the IPL.

"I don't buy that you need residual skills to be able to transfer into T20". Despite this, the 36-year-old still believes that he can keep playing for a few more years.

"I'm invigorated by it (T20), to be honest, the way I'm hitting the ball". "So I'll do that, and then I'd like to transition into some coaching stuff, because I think the IP - especially in T20 - the IP of three hundred and something games is quite valuable, and also I like the idea that I can help people".

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