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‘Paying Every Cricketer Same Amount of Money’ is Michael Clarke’s Plan to Preserve Tests

<p>Michael Clarke has described it as a sad development, with the cricketing world anticipating a bleak future for Tests after South Africa’s announcement of a weakened team for a two-match series in New Zealand.</p>
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<p>Seven uncapped players are part of South Africa’s 14-man roster for their trip to New Zealand next month, which will include all of their first-choice players competing in the SA20.</p>
<p>To be honest, it’s depressing to observe, Clarke said on ESPN’s Around the Wicket. “I can see South Africa’s logic, but in my opinion, Test cricket is the best. I think there should be no domestic competition in the globe that can compete with it. The most important thing is to represent your nation while playing.</p>
<p>Between 2004 and 2015, Clarke played 115 Test matches for Australia. He pondered the consequences of having Australia, India, or England choose a second-string Test team in place of South Africa.</p>
<p>“That this is the case is disheartening. I can see things from South Africa’s perspective, but what if Australia, India, or England took the same approach? Fans find it difficult enough to watch their national side play a few One-Dayers or Twenty20s in a series when they aren’t playing at full strength. The greatest players should play for the fans. It’s undoubtedly an uphill struggle if the finest player isn’t selected for his nation in Test cricket, he said.</p>
<p>Then, regardless of the side they play for, Clarke proposed paying Test players the same match price.</p>
<p>“I don’t believe there are many people in the world who aren’t afraid of where Test cricket is headed. We must make an effort to resolve this. Money appears to be the answer to a lot of problems in life, according to Clarke.</p>
<p>Let we begin by allocating the same match cost to each and every Test cricket player. Let’s not give India, England, or Australia first priority. “Let us ensure that each nation receives the same fee,” he said.</p>
<p>Regarding the investment that Cricket South Africa has made in the SA20, Clarke felt some compassion for them.</p>
<p>“I believe there is much more involved. He said, “It’s clear that South African cricket has put a lot of money into this T20 competition, and they can’t afford to lose their star players.”</p>
<p>It’s a significant shift to give that priority over Test cricket. Although I’m not happy with it, we must accept it and change with the times if that’s where we’re headed. “I hope that’s not our destination,” he said.</p>

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