Kevin Pietersen reveals what needs to be done to rejuvenate Test cricket

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Former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen has revealed his ideas to rejuvenate Test cricket.

Pietersen, who captained England's Test and ODI teams from August 2008 to January 2009, spoke at the 6th MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture on Tuesday (June 12,) becoming the first non-Indian cricketer to lead the lecture.

The 37-year-old suggested ways to make Test cricket the pinnacle of the sport, and also cited all formats must be respected.

"Having played every form of cricket in every corner of the cricketing globe, I remain 100 percent convinced that the five-day Test remains the supreme form of the game," he said.

"20-20 provides the thrill, the noise, the speed and no little genius. It has taken fielding to a new level and has redefined batting."

As the sport's longest form of game is seeing a decline in popularity, the right-hand batter revealed ways to improve the appeal of Test cricket, this included ideas of day-night Tests, equal pay, marketing and innovation and cheaper tickets.

"Let's make Test cricket a spectacle,” Pietersen said.

“Garnish it with colour and fireworks. Fill the grounds. Play in the evenings. Give the umpires microphones to broadcast to the spectators.

"Allow sledging - as long as it remains the right side of the line. Communicate better with the fans" he added.

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While commenting on the technicalities, Pietersen also spoke on the financial focus to reshape Test cricket, having suggested players should be paid sufficiently to compete in the five-day contest.

"Let's throw equal marketing clout behind the Test game before we succumb to the lazy assumption that 20-20 rules,” he said.

"Push the profile of the world Test championship. Develop marketing opportunities. Offer cheaper seats in the ground to provide a better spectacle for TV viewers.

"Ensure that they (cricketers) are paid as well over five days as they are over five hours of 20-20 cricket. You can't blame a player for seeking financial security through his or her sporting talent.”

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