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Sir Andrew Strauss has called for cricket to ensure a balance of formats and prevent the game from being overrun by white-ball leagues.
Strauss, who is leading the ECB's advisory review into the way the sport operates in England, insisted Test and T20 cricket can co-exist, and said today's players faced more opportunity than ever.
But he stressed the need to incentivise young cricketers to play all forms of the game, at a time when the Test format looks increasingly vulnerable outside the so-called 'Big Three' of India, England and Australia.
Andrew Strauss is heading the ECB's advisory review into the way the game works in England
Former England captain Strauss has labelled the proliferation of T20 leagues 'a very live issue'
'The proliferation of T20 leagues and cricket's shifting tectonic plates are a very live issue,' he said.
'The cricket world around us is changing unbelievably quickly. We have to ask where our game fits into all of that.
'What are we meant to be prioritising and investing in to make sure it remains strong and relevant, and we have incentives for our players to play both red-and white-ball cricket?
'We want to make sure the players are playing the right balance of formats, so that it's not all drifting down that