`Malinga should be playing Test cricket rather than chasing riches`

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2011, 18:37 PM IST

London: England coach Andy Flower has slammed Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga’s decision to retire from Test cricket to prolong his career in ODI and Twenty20 cricket.

Flower also said that that there is a great danger of other cricketers following suit.

“The rewards out there for playing less cricket are obvious. It’s a great sadness to world cricket that we’re losing players like him from Test cricket – that guy should be playing Test cricket for Sri Lanka,” a leading daily quoted Flower, as saying.

“There’s no doubt about that – it makes the world game more interesting if he’s involved in it,” he added.

He further said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has to address it as a serious problem looming in the future.

“They have to act very responsibly and make decisions on what’s good for the game in the future. I’m not sure that’s the case at the moment,” he said.

The intent behind which nations draw up their fixture list is an intent based on financial gain as opposed to testing the best against the best,” he added.

ANI