Sehwag wants to play more Tests than T20

T20 format might be enchanting but Virender Sehwag prefers to play Tests and ODIs more than the shortest form of the game that has taken the world by storm

updated: September 02, 2009 07:31 IST
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The public might be enchanted with the Twenty20 format but swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag prefers to play Tests and ODIs more than the shortest form of the game that has taken the cricket world by storm.

"Personally I would like to play more Tests and ODIs than T20 games which I know have become extremely popular. I would like to play at least eight to 10 Tests in a year," Sehwag said at the media conference here to announce the list of nominees for this year's LG-ICC annual awards.

Sehwag batted for all three formats even as some past cricketers, including spin legend Shane Warne, have written the epitaph of the 50-over game. The England and Wales Cricket Board already scrapped the one-dayers from its domestic schedule.

"The 20-20 game is big and in future may be everything but I would like to play more Tests and ODIs. The message I would like to give to the ICC is to introduce a World Championship of Tests.

"Every cricketer would like to play Tests against every other country and perform well. Test cricket is the true test (of a cricketers' calibre)," he said.

Sehwag, one of the nominees for the ODI Player of the year award, welcomed the idea of the ICC awards, which he felt give the cricketers an added incentive to do well and described them as the "Oscars of cricket".

"I am hopeful this year also I can win an award. It's an added incentive to every cricketer to be recognised for his performances and be a part of the World XI like I was last year," Sehwag said.

The flashy batsman, who is recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the May-June IPL in South Africa, expressed the hope he would be fit for the Champions T20 Challenge where he would represent Delhi Daredevils if fit.

"I'm hoping to be fit for the Champions League," said Sehwag who is to miss the short tour to Sri Lanka for the tri-series starting on September 10 as well as the ICC Champions Trophy.

Sehwag also said he was not against the ICC's WADA-compliant drug-testing programme but was only apprehensive about the "Whereabouts" clause of the Anti-Doping Code.

"We don't want to disclose our programme (in advance), but we are ready to be tested anywhere and any time," he said.

The International Cricket Council Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, who shared the dias with Sehwag, said the issue over the controversial clause would be sorted out amicably with the Cricket Board.

"We are in touch with the BCCI and all other cricketers and I'm confident we will find a practical solution. All of us want a clean and drug-free sport," Lorgat said.

Lorgat also said at present there was no move to reduce Tests from five days to four days though this idea has been floated by ICC President David Morgan to make Tests more attractive to the spectators.

"Morgan must have been putting a thought on the table," he explained.

Lorgat disagreed that the Indian board was acting like a bully because of its financial clout.

"I don't think so. Some of their ideas are accepted and some rejected by the other members of the ICC Board," he said.

He said that the West Indies Cricket Board should be asked the question why its president Juliant Hunte had accused BCCI of trying to stop the World Championship for Test cricket.

"Initially both India and England had opposed the world championship," he added.

Former India all rounder Ravi Shastri, one of the hosts at the ceremony, welcomed the end of Australia's domination of world cricket and said England?s Ashes win was good for the game.

"We don't want one team to dominate," he said.