The public might be enchanted with the Twenty20 format but swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag prefers to play Tests and ODIs more than the shortest form of the game that has taken the cricket world by storm.
"Personally I would like to play more Tests and ODIs than T20 games which I know have become extremely popular. I would like to play at least eight to 10 Tests in a year," Sehwag said at the media conference here to announce the list of nominees for this year's LG-ICC annual awards.
Sehwag batted for all three formats even as some past cricketers, including spin legend Shane Warne, have written the epitaph of the 50-over game. The England and Wales Cricket Board already scrapped the one-dayers from its domestic schedule.
"The 20-20 game is big and in future may be everything but I would like to play more Tests and ODIs. The message I would like to give to the ICC is to introduce a World Championship of Tests.
"Every cricketer would like to play Tests against every other country and perform well. Test cricket is the true test (of a cricketers' calibre)," he said.
Sehwag, one of the nominees for the ODI Player of the year award, welcomed the idea of the ICC awards, which he felt give the cricketers an added incentive to do well and described them as the "Oscars of cricket".