‘Why Does Dhoni Get a Grade-A Contract,’ Asks Rameez Raja

Rameez Raja said that Tests match format is under stress in Asia, and it should get more importance.

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File photo of MS Dhoni.

Former Pakistan opening batsman Rameez Raja has raised the issue of MS Dhoni receiving a Grade A contract from the BCCI, even though he retired from Tests at the end of 2014.

Raja, who is a member of the MCC World Cricket Committee, expressed that both, the Indian cricket board and Pakistan cricket board have to give more importance to Test cricket, according to NDTV.

You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically. For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket, yet got the A grade contract from the BCCI. Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket, yet got the A grade contract from PCB.
Rameez Raja

Raja said that Test cricket can get more important only through a Test championship.

It is under a lot of stress in Asia, but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this. Otherwise, we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues. I feel that the ICC has a decent plan in the shape of the World Test Championship. There should be a window for that and everything else should stop for a period of two months so the best players are available to play Test cricket.
Rameez Raja

Apart from cash-rich T20 leagues, Raja feels that poor scheduling of Test matches is also a reason behind the downfall of the longest format.

It’s got to get better. In Asia, for example, because of poor Test match scheduling, the interest is dwindling. When you go back home you are never sure if you are going to have a one-Test series, a two-Test series or whether you are going to have a Test series at all.
Rameez Raja

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