Ravi Shastri's new proposal to
make Test cricket attractive
Ravi Shastri's new
proposal to make Test cricket attractive
2 August 2022 Authorbet365baji
The International Cricket Council (ICC)
has released the FTP for the next eighteen months. Since the publication of this schedule,
various discussions and criticisms have been raised mainly about the ODI format of cricket.
Meanwhile, the retirement of English captain Ben Stokes has fueled the discussion.
Many analysts have suggested to scrap ODI cricket to make the international schedule more
bearable for the cricketers. India's former coach Ravi Shastri has suggested that the ODI format
should be limited to the World Cup, but the bilateral series should be dropped. He also gave new
suggestions to make Test cricket more interesting.
Shastri thinks that Test cricket should be organized with six teams to maintain the
attractiveness of Tests. Shastri said, ''If Test cricket is to be made attractive, if it is to
be kept alive, there is no need for 10-12 Test teams, let alone the top 6 teams. We emphasize
meaning over quantity of play. This will create an opportunity for other editions of the games
to be held."
Shastri also said, "If the ICC wants to increase the number of teams, increase it in T-20 or
ODI. But in Test cricket, the number of teams should be reduced. Then whether England is going
to the West Indies or not, or whether the West Indies are going to England or not - these things
will not matter."
In an interview given to English television channel Sky Sports, Shastri also said that the top
six teams will play Test cricket. Talking about the management of cricket on the pattern of
football, he also said, ''Which top team will play Test, it should be judged by their
performance. India, Australia, England, South Africa—whoever plays, they have to play to put
themselves in the top six. Any other team that finishes in the top six will play."
The former Indian coach said, "In general, any team has to finish in the top six at the end of
the qualifiers. Let international cricket be like football. What happens in football? There is
only one World Cup, the big tournament. Footballers play professional leagues in different
countries throughout the year. Be it in cricket too - With the T20 Franchise League.''
Shastri also shared his thoughts on Test cricket. He said, ''Look, what is test cricket,
everyone should know this answer first. Test cricket is the test of cricketers, you have to have
the ability to pass this test. But if Test cricket is not of standard, then who will watch
Shastri also said, "The five-day game will end in two days or three days. If a country that has
never played a Test is left in front of England, India or Australia in bowling conditions, will
they be able to play? The organization responsible for broadcasting this Test will also not be
able to do business properly. If the five-day game ends in two days, it will be a loss for them
too. Cricket lovers will not be happy if the five-day match ends in two days.''