BCCI hasn’t marketed Test cricket very well: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgIndian cricketer Gautam Gambhir feels that BCCI has not done “enough” to promote Test cricket.”I don’t think BCCI has marketed Test cricket as well as they have done with ODIs and T20Is. Fans will only come and watch Tests if we market it well. They have got a lot of options nowadays, there’s IPL and ODIs,” Gambhir said at Boria Majumdar’s book launch in New Delhi on Thursday..Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said BCCI should take Test cricket to tier-2 cities to make it more popular.However, Gambhir disagreed with Harbhajan and reiterated that the game needs better marketing.”I don’t know but they have messed it somewhere. May be cut down on T20s and ODIs.”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,” the left-handed batsman added.Gambhir also said that India’s decision to play T20Is and ODIs in England before playing the Test series against the hosts will not make much difference.India will play three Twenty20 and three ODIs before the five-Test series against England during their upcoming tour.”White-ball and red-ball cricket is completely different. I don’t think playing limited-overs cricket before Test is going to make a huge difference unless you prepare for Tests also,” Gambhir said.”The difference in ball is going to have a huge impact. You need to prepare with red ball as well along with playing white-ball cricket. Test cricket in England will be completely different that limited-overs cricket,” Gambhir added.advertisementAfter losing the five-match Test series 3-1 in 2014, India are determined to put up a better show this time around in 2018.Skipper Virat Kohli, who endured a forgettable Test series in 2014, has already announced that he will be playing county cricket with Surrey in June to prepare for the upcoming tour.Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara is already playing in County Championship with Yorkshire to acclimatise to the conditions.India is to tour England, from late June, for a full tour comprising T20Is, ODIs and then Tests. The series will begin with a T20 on July 3. The Test series begins on August 1.last_img

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