New Delhi: The race between India and Sri Lanka has intensified regarding the final of the World Test Championship. While Team India is competing against Australia, who have already qualified for the finals, on the other hand, it is clashing with Sri Lanka-New Zealand. If Sri Lanka defeats New Zealand in the two-match series, then it may be difficult for India to play the final. Ahead of this exciting turn, Sri Lankan batsman Angelo Mathews has a complaint. Angelo Mathews has taken aim at Sri Lanka’s Test match schedule this year. His complaint is that Sri Lanka will not play enough Tests this year. Mathews has asked that if the scheduling is so unbalanced then what is the importance of Test cricket?
five tests is too few
Mathews, who became Sri Lanka’s third highest Test scorer in Christchurch, said- It is unfortunate that we are not playing too many Test matches this year. Five Tests are too few. We are back in Tests after a long time. The last Test was six months back. Actually, Sri Lanka will play five Tests in 2023. Of these, two will be against New Zealand, two against Pakistan and one against Ireland. He further said- “Everyone is talking about the end of Test cricket, but we are not doing anything good for Test cricket playing only five Tests a year. Hope we get more matches this year. Five is not enough.”
Not a single series of three Tests
In fact, Sri Lanka does not have a single series of three Test matches. India, Australia and England regularly play five Test series against each other during the same period. In the worst-case scenario, they play a four-Test series. Apart from India, England and Australia, most other sides play two Test series. In some cases there may be three test matches. Jason Holder and Anrich Nortje, who are currently playing a two-Test series in South Africa, also said that barring the Big Three, every team is hardly playing any Tests these days.