London - Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell has said that Pakistan’s inability to host series in their country could harm them as they will not be able to produce young cricketers.

“They are going to struggle to get the major teams coming to Pakistan,” said Chappell, in his show ‘Chappelli said. “It’s a major problem for world cricket because it has become difficult for Pakistan to produce young cricketers. It’s ok to watch cricket on television but I am sure you really need to foster the game. You need to have game where people can go to at the ground. The fathers takes the kids to the ground, the kids get a hero and idol and they want to follow them. So I see that is a major problem for Pakistan cricket,” said Chappell.

Chappell is not particularly excited about the Pakistan Super League (PSL)  saying that tournaments like these pose a serious threat to the game. “There are a number of problems with all these leagues around the world. Firstly, they are not going to hold all of them at the same time so that means they are going to take a lot of the cricket calendar,” said Chappell.

“Secondly, all of these leagues are competing for the same star players: the Pietersens, the Gayles. I can understand all the countries want a league of their own because it’s another income stream but I disagree that the game of cricket can survive on T20 only. So, yes, I have got some major concerns. Eventually, it will be only T20 and the other two formats will suffer and it is going to be a problem, a mistake,” he added.

With people spending millions of dollars on T20 tournaments, Chappell wonders what will happen to the other two formats. “People have only so many dollars to spend on entertainment. And if they spend it all on T20s that means the other two formats are going to suffer,” explained Chappell. “The simple question from me is what if people think there is a problem with the T20? Where are we going then? Are we going to go with a five-over game then?,” he questioned.

“The weight is shifting towards entertainment rather than cricket when it comes to T20s. I have come at a point to think that they should start considering to call it something else than cricket. It has started to get to that point that it is not looking like cricket, it is like baseball where one throws the ball and the batsman has to just hit it out of the park.”