Tests still pinnacle, says Sri Lanka skipper Sangakkara

LONDON, June 22, 2009 (AFP) – Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara put aside the hype over Twenty20 on Monday and declared that Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the sport. “I think Twenty20 should enhance Test cricket; Tests should have prime importance,” said Sangakkara after his team lost by eight wickets to Pakistan in the World Twenty20 final at Lord’s.

The 16-day tournament has been widely hailed as a success with most matches at the Lord’s, Trent Bridge and Oval venues sold out.

“If you ask players around the world, every single player will admit Test cricket is the real test,” added Sangakkara.

“At the end of the day not many people will go around saying you scored 2,000 runs in Twenty20 cricket but they will talk of you if you score 10,000 runs in Test cricket.

“That is the final ambition of all cricketers and if you are a good cricketer you can play any format of the game.

“We as Sri Lankans would love to play 10 to 12 Test matches a year, we would like to see that day come very soon.”

Sangakkara said he had no excuses after his side suffered fresh one-day misery after losing Sunday’s final.

The comprehensive eight-wicket defeat