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Nasser Hussain's opinion on Hales and Rashid shows the state of first-class cricket

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First-class cricket is in a bad way at the moment, and many fear that the situation will only continue to get worse in the future.

Adil Rashid was the target of much criticism when he announced his intentions to give up the format just a few days ago, but it seems many others will follow suit.

Alex Hales became the second English cricketer in just matter of days to announce they were concentrating on white-ball cricket, whereas it is rumoured that others such as David Willey and Liam Plunkett will do the same when their contracts run out in late 2018.


Many have been critical of the duo, including Michael Vaughan and Darren Gough, with the former believing they have turned their back on playing Test cricket for their country.

But Nasser Hussain has revealed he sympathises with their choice and that he understands the financial reasons in why they chose to do so.

Hussain, a former England captain who represented his country in 96 matches, told Sky Sports News: "It reflects the changing face of international cricket at the moment. All of these franchises and domestic teams we have, they're just making business decisions.

"They're doing the maths - what can I get in a year and they've said by giving up red-ball cricket in England they can probably make more money travelling the world playing white-ball cricket.

"They play a little bit in April and May and then in September, the weather's freezing cold and there's probably one man and a dog watching, and the players have thought: 'I don't want to be doing with that, I want some white ball cricket'.

"It's a worry for the game, definitely.

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And Hussain also had a clear message to the ICB and the ECB: do something or many players will follow suit.

When asked whether he saw more players giving up red-ball cricket, the 49-year-old said:  "I do, simply because given the option of do you want to work half the time, get paid double the money, go round the world playing cricket, see your family quite a bit more and it seems to be more fun.

"Everyone's talking about T20 cricket - we were here [Eden Park] the other night where 490 odd runs were scored between New Zealand and Australia and it was absolutely kicking off.

"This is what youngsters and the future looks like I'm afraid and I urge the ICC and ECB to keep an eye on first-class cricket, to keep an eye more importantly on Test match cricket."

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