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The World Cup-winning captain agrees to play against a team that disrespects cricket

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The South Africa team announced for the tour of New Zealand is not less talked about. The Proteas will play a two-match Test series against the Kiwis in February. Seven of South Africa’s 14-man squad have yet to play Tests on that tour. Neil Brandt, who has been made the captain, has absolutely zero experience in international cricket.

The discussion and criticism about this South African team started immediately. Former Australian cricketer Steve Waugh is one more step forward. Australian legend Saaf said, South Africa has disrespected Test cricket, New Zealand should not play against them.

The franchise tournament SA-T20 League begins in South Africa in January. The South African Cricket Board has failed to make a T20 league before. Let that not happen this time and the board is desperate to make this league a financial success at any cost.

Therefore, players who are under contract cannot be called up to the national team during this tournament. That’s why only three players have been kept in the squad for the tour of New Zealand from the ongoing Test series against India.

South Africa are currently at the top of the points table for the 2023-2025 World Test Championship cycle. From such a position, the country is prioritizing the domestic T20 league instead of the Test World Cup. Steve Waugh is busy with this. “They don’t care (about Test cricket), that’s obvious,” Waugh told Australian media outlet Nine Papers.

Waugh considers South Africa’s decision as the death of Test cricket. In an Instagram post, he wrote, ‘Can this be declared the death of Test cricket?’ Waugh also said, ‘History and tradition have to be preserved. Supporting it (South Africa’s decision) or making profit as a criterion does not go with the greatness of Bradman, Grace, Sobers.’

Earlier, neither Pakistan nor West Indies had sent a full Test team to Australia. Waugh expressed concern about this, ‘If changes are not made in the global cricket system, this trend will continue. Then the first tier countries will do the same. The South African Cricket Board has hinted at such a future by keeping the best players at home.’

Waugh felt that New Zealand should not play in protest of South Africa’s decision, ‘If I was in the New Zealand team, I would not have played this series. I don’t know why they are playing. Why do you play when nobody gives New Zealand cricket the respect it deserves?’

Waugh wanted ICC or any other organization to intervene to save Test cricket, ‘If ICC or others don’t take action soon, then soon there will be no more Test cricket. Because then there will be nothing to prove against the best opponent.’


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