The Telegraph – Johnny Grave, the English chief executive of Cricket West Indies, bridles at suggestions his board no longer take first-class and Test cricket seriously.

Summary

  • Johnny Grave, the English chief executive of Cricket West Indies, bridles at suggestions his board no longer take first-class and Test cricket seriously.
  • “We are trying to compete, we can do that better in shorter formats because it is easier, but people who say we should give up on Test cricket I find pretty offensive,” he tells Telegraph Sport.
  • “We are spending a lot of money on our first-class cricket and we have a rich heritage.
  • These things tend to be cyclical and we are trying to give the players more opportunities in first-class cricket, upskill our players and improve fitness but it takes longer in the Caribbean because we have to make tough choices over our resources.”
  • But on a cricket level the two tours have shone a light on the disparity between one of Test cricket’s richest nations, England, and those scraping along at the bottom counting every rupee or dollar.


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