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If Sachin retires, Test cricket will die: Arjuna

Sri Lanka's WC winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga feels Test cricket would ‘die’ if players like Sachin Tendulkar call it quits. ‘If players like him (Tendulkar) don't play the longer version of the game, Test cricket will die. I pray to God he continues to play Test cricket. I was very happy to know he has retried from ODIs. For me, Test is education and the shorter versions are entertainment,’ Ranatunga said.

Asked whether Sachin was on a comeback trail after scoring two centuries in domestic matches, Ranatunga said the Mumbaikar is a much better player than some of the younger Indians. ‘If he plays one good knock, I am sure he will play two-three years more without a problem,’ he said.

Ranatunga also came down heavily on ICC, calling the sport's world governing body ‘toothless’.

Instead of blaming BCCI for the non-implementation of DRS to avoid umpiring mistakes, Ranatunga turned his ire on ICC. ‘I am not blaming BCCI, but blaming ICC for not making DRS compulsory.

They should not allow home countries to take decisions on the matter,’ he said.
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