More money for Tests could bring back stars, says Holder

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):West Indies captain Jason Holder believes parity in earnings will motivate players to focus more on international cricket instead of solely on the lucrative Twenty20 format.Holder was responding to claims by England star Kevin Pietersen that the game’s biggest stars, especially those from West Indies, were being lost to international cricket because of the lure of T20s.Pietersen, a former Test star who now peddles his talents on the T20 circuit, said that the International Cricket Council needed to intervene to ensure that there were competitive financial incentives available to players in international cricket.”I think it’s possibly a way to keep [Test cricket] alive. Obviously, we’re in a situation where the money isn’t great for us at the moment, and we’ve been in numerous battles for that, but that’s beyond our control at this present time,” Holder told reporters yesterday.”At the end of the day, hopefully, somewhere along the line we can have an increase in pay and be paid a little bit better than at the moment.”Pietersen was echoing sentiments similar to those of West Indies’ chief selector Clive Lloyd, who said on Friday that the money on offer on the global T20 circuit had resulted in several Caribbean players opting out of Test cricket.West Indies players like Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, and AndrÈ Russell are all campaigning in the Big Bash League, while an inexperienced Caribbean side has been locked in a three-Test series with Australia.Holder said priority needed to be placed on international cricket and believed players would take this option once there was some balance, financially, with T20s.”I think we need to strike a balance, and I’m not knocking T20 cricket because I love T20 cricket myself, but we just need to find a way where the country comes first and then we are flexible in terms of allowing people to make money outside of international cricket,” the 24-year-old said.”I don’t think we should be playing hardball and deny people from going and playing, but there has to be a situation where we make international cricket our first priority. I think once we get to that stage, the players will buy in.”last_img read more

Gerrard tells Liverpool fans: If Klopp trusts Karius, so should we

first_imgSteven Gerrard has told Liverpool fans to put their faith in goalkeeper Loris Karius if he has received the backing of manager Jurgen Klopp. “If Jurgen doesn’t think he is capable of bouncing back from that of course he will have to go into the market and get another goalkeeper but Jurgen knows him better than me.“The easy thing to do is put a cross through his name and bin him but you have to remember he took Liverpool to the Champions League final.“He is young so we don’t want to bin a good goalkeeper because he does have the potential to be very good.” Karius’ two mistakes led to two Real Madrid goals in the Champions League final 2center_img Liverpool have been heavily linked with signing a new goalkeeper this summer after Karius’ Champions League final horror show, where he made two costly mistakes in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.But, reports this week have claimed the Reds have called off their search and will instead stick with the young German as their number one for the forthcoming season.Jurgen Klopp addressed the situation on Thursday and confirmed his backing of the 25-year-old, saying: “From my side everything is fine. We don’t think about that anymore and we start completely new.”READ MORE: ‘It’s the right decision to keep Karius’, says former Liverpool goalkeeper David JamesKarius’ performance in Kiev was the final straw for many fans, who have urged the club to sort out the goalkeeper problems once and for all this summer.But Gerrard says if the Reds manager trusts Karius, they should too.“Karius, to be fair to him, was getting stronger and stronger as the season when on,” the new 38-year-old Rangers manager told Press Association Sport.“I think the key is does Jurgen think he has the mental strength to bounce back?“Is he capable of parking that up, moving on and drawing from the experience? 2last_img read more