Written byParth Dhall ·
Hadlee said that all three formats can co-exist if the equilibrium is maintained.
He also went on to add that T20 cricket has certainly produced skilful players even though they might not be great cricketers.
Here is what he said.
"Test cricket must be preserved. It's the foundation of the game. With emergence of T20 which is a revolution in the game, all three formats need to live together. They can co-exist but I hate to see that T20 cricket dominates world cricket," Hadlee said.
Hadlee, who is New Zealand's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket till date, believes bowlers during his generation only had a couple of variations.
"The bowlers today have at least five variations. They bowl different deliveries like knuckle-ball, back of the hand slower one," Hadlee said.
"Back in my time, I only had two variations, inswinger and outswinger. That's all I needed," he added.
Hadlee's golden era in bowling emanated from January 1978 and ended in December 1988. During this period, he scalped 330 wickets in 60 Tests at an average of 19.57. Between 1983 and 1990, he picked 262 wickets at 19.64 and scored 1,883 runs at 33.03.
Hadlee feels playing in T20 leagues around the year forces the players to retire before they actually should.
He stated that most bowlers prefer playing the shorter version after 34 as they get more prone to injuries.
Also, the cash rich leagues lure the players with ground breaking deals.
All these leagues shift away the focus from Test cricket.
"People will retire prematurely to pursue where the money is. That's not a criticism at all but a sign of times and way the game has gone. I was 39 when I retired and it was Test cricket. That's it," Hadlee said.
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