Richard Hadlee, a former New Zealand cricketer, claims that India is important to world cricket because of the large sums of money it generates. Hadlee stated on the official website of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that world cricket would have been “very different” if India had not been present. “, he explained “There is no doubt that India generates a significant amount of revenue from cricket, especially through television rights, sponsorships, advertisements, drawing large crowds, and tournaments such as the IPL. Without India, the field of cricket will be a very different place; as a result, cricket needs India.”
“India has made an excellent contribution to Test cricket, in reality, all forms of the game,” Hadlee said when asked about India’s contribution and emphasis on Test cricket amid the existence of money-making enterprises like the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hadlee also praised India’s brave performances in Australia despite being down and out following the first Test defeat.
“Even if they had the blip and were bowled out for 36 in Australia, their Test performances were excellent,” he added.
“Test cricket came alive again, it drew a lot of attention, and their successes in Australia were a remarkable achievement, particularly with so many youngsters having to come into the team and play,” he said.
On June 18, India will face New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton.