November 12, 2011

English cricket

Flower's fears for the future

George Binoy

From the slow decline of Test matches to Pakistan's spot-fixing scandal, England's head coach Andy Flower tells the Telegraph's Robin Scott-Elliot that it's time to put cricket first and money second.

"The intent behind which nations draw up their fixture list is an intent based on financial gain as opposed to testing the best against the best. Because of that we have a jumbled fixture list. We have situations where we play seven-match one-day series, which are too long and, if they're one sided, can be damaging for the game. We have situations whereby two of the best and most exciting nations in the world – Australia and South Africa – are playing a two-match Test series. That's a ridiculous situation and I'm saddened by it. The intent behind creating the fixture list has to be addressed. We want to find out who the best side in the world is and we want to have them compete in exciting conditions and exciting series but at the moment the intent is a financial one and that's why the fixture list is comprised."

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