The future of Test cricket December 18, 2008

Test matches will survive Twenty20 - Morgan

Cricinfo staff
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David Morgan shows off his OBE outside Buckingham Palace © PA Photos
 

David Morgan, the president of the ICC, has allayed fears that Test cricket could eventually be overshadowed in prominence by the growing popularity and financial clout of Twenty20.

Receiving an OBE for services to sport from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace, Morgan said: "I think world cricket has probably never been healthier. Some people worry about Twenty20 but I think Twenty20 cricket is a great opportunity for the game.

"I don't think it threatens the longer form of the game and you will have seen that from the game in Chennai, which went to five days and was a great Test match. Test match cricket is still the biggest challenge for our cricketers."

Morgan, the former ECB chairman, also praised England for taking the decision to return to India in the wake of the Mumbai terrorist strikes. "I believed firmly that if the security advisers judged it was safe and secure for the England team to return then the England team had a duty to return.

"Captain Kevin Pietersen and the management team saw it as a duty - and they fulfilled it. It's a great credit to the cricketers and their support team that they went back to India. It's very important that terrorism is not seen to be winning."