South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith has warned the International Cricket Council smaller member nations must get their fair share of Test tours against the so-called ‘Big Three’ or face future domination of the Twenty20 leagues. South Africa are smarting after Australia opted to pull out of a three-Test tour in March due to Covid-19 fears even though the hosts said they had invested a considerable amount of money to meet the visitors’ lengthy list of medical safety demands.
“The game needs leadership right now that understands the complexities. I don’t think world cricket wants just three nations competing against each other in 10 years’ time. How does that benefit the game?” Smith said. “That would amplify the [Twenty20] leagues and they will get bigger and bigger, and probably the rest of the member nations will have little or no [international] content.”
“FTP will be a hugely challenging thing going forward with potentially eight ICC tournaments in the eight years, an extended IPL [Indian Premier League] and a lot of the calendar dominated by India, England and Australia,” he added. “It makes it challenging for the rest of the member nations, and just amplifies the stress on the likes of us and the other members that are looking for good content.”
“We are trying to find a way to fit it into the calendar cycle, which for us is important. We have had some initial engagements with Cricket Australia,” Smith concluded. “It hasn’t been positive on trying to find a window, but we are working hard on it.”