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While no one can deny that Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle are the two coolest cricketers around, writing in The Wisden Cricketer John Stern says, the fact that both have chosen not to play Test cricket is worrying.
They might be mavericks but I don’t imagine they are alone in their views. I suspect there are dozens, hundreds even, of players at various levels of the professional game who pay lip service to the primacy of Test cricket but, given a no-strings-attached choice, would ditch it quicker than you could say IPL.
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