Consider your legacy, youngsters – Samuels

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has warned young cricketers that while there is glitz and glamour in playing Twenty20 cricket, they should also consider the importance of the Test format as it allows for a longer-lasting legacy. Samuels, the STAR’s Personality of the Month for February, who was speaking to journalists at The Gleaner’s North Street headquarters in Kingston on Friday, said that youngsters should not look at the success he has had and think it was easy to come by. He said that while T20 may be the most lucrative format of the sport, money should not be the sole focus of cricketers. “T20 is a fast payoff, but in anything you do, longevity is always the best route,” he said. “You play T20, you make some fast money. Okay, you’re going to be a millionaire, US$10million, US$15 million in your account. But is it that what you want to be known for? Or would you want play Test cricket and try to leave a legacy to get into the (ICC Hall of Fame) museum with the Viv Richards and the other greats, and have a $5 million in your account?” Samuels said that T20 is still too relatively new for it to leave players with much of a legacy. “I would always balance with a $5 million in my account and having a legacy in Test cricket than being a T20 player,” he said. “You’re not going be recognised in the history books for T20, to be honest. “(Test cricket isn’t as appealing as T20) but, it’s still the real deal. It’s just the fast and furious, and we like that.”last_img

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