Colin Munro joined the list of international cricketers who are indifferent to play the longer format cricket. He rejected red ball contract offered by the home board and said that he lost his interest in the test cricket.Speaking to the press about this, Munro said “It would be fair to say that my focus hasn’t been on four-day cricket this season and my passion for that format of the game isn’t what it once was,” Munro said. “I’m still 100% committed to playing for the Blackcaps and Auckland Aces in the shorter formats and have some big goals I’d like to achieve in the next couple of years.”
New Zealand player Mitchell Mc Clenaghan rejected to accept red ball contract from the New Zealand cricket association. He rejected this offer to play the T20 cricket across the globe. On the other hand, Munro expressed interest to play limited overs cricket for New Zealand.
England cricketers Alex Hales and Adil Rashid rejected the longer format cricket contract but played for England in ODIs and T20Is. Another English player David Willey also expressed eagerness to play ODIs and T20Is but not first-class cricket.
Munro has played only one test-match for his country in South African tour in 2013. He said he has a discussion with former captain Brendan McCullum before making a decision about this contract and he eyed on getting a place in the team for World Cup 2019.
“Obviously with the World Cup next year I’d love to give myself the best chance of making that squad and that’s where my main focus is.”
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play more Test cricket in that time but you look at the guys who have come and made a real go of it. I’ve given a fair crack to first-class cricket and now it’s a change of focus, I want to be part of that World Cup squad,” said this all-rounder in a press release.
This is an unfortunate situation that competent players are lured by huge remunerations in shortest format cricket and neglecting test cricket. Undoubtedly, there will be chances of younger players turning more indifferent to longer format cricket.