Jason Holder, the veteran West Indies all-rounder, expressed deep concerns about the future of Test cricket, asserting the dominance of the ‘Big Three’ in receiving the majority of ICC revenue.

Veteran West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder advocated for ICC intervention to ensure fair financial distribution among cricket boards, asserting that the future of Test cricket is at risk without uniformity. Holder contended that the ‘Big Three’ – India, England, and Australia – disproportionately claim the majority of ICC revenue, hindering smaller boards, like the West Indies, in infrastructure development and adequately compensating star players.

Speaking on the sidelines of ILT20 2024, Holder expressed genuine concern, predicting the demise of Test cricket if the current financial structure persists.

“Honestly, if we continue in this manner, Test cricket will die. It’s sad, but it’s true, based on the current structure. You’ve got the Big Three [India, England, Australia] who practically command all the revenue regarding the disbursement of ICC funds. And it’s difficult for smaller territories such as the West Indies to compete,” Holder said.

“We just don’t have the financial resources that they do. We’re struggling to even stay afloat in terms of cash flow. And it’s hard to develop our facilities and structures the way they’re meant to be. And with the little finances that we have, pretty much all the money we get goes straight back up into covering expenses and debt,” he added.

Big West Indian names, including Jason Holder, have opted out of the ongoing Test series against Australia Down Under, choosing instead to play for franchises like the Dubai Capitals in ILT20 2024.

Holder was also outspoken about the dilemma faced by star players, emphasizing the need for a dedicated window for Test cricket, similar to international football, to ensure top players prioritize the longest format. He further suggested fair compensation as an incentive.

With Holder absent, the West Indies struggled in the first Test, succumbing to a 10-wicket defeat in Adelaide.

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024

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