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November 25, 2013

'National boards are competitors when they should be siblings'

Interview by Subash Jayaraman

Mike Jakeman, the author of Saving The Test, a book about the future of the five-day game, talks about how cricket administrators can unite to make the game more viable

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Keywords: Administration, Broadcasting, FTP, Future of cricket, ICC

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Posted by   on (November 26, 2013, 1:56 GMT)

Cricket schedule is completely broken, a lot of series with no context. The perfect schedule to me would be:

- Every bilateral series, 3 tests, 3 odi's, 3 t20's - Only the Ashes, S Africa vs ENG/AUS & India vs PAK to have more than 3 tests - World test championship every 4 years (by doing this the lesser financial nations will be guaranteed to host tours vs the big financial nations at least every 2 years & will help their revenue) - 50 overs world cup every 4 years (using the 1992 world cup format), 10 teams. Or 12 teams, 2 groups of 6 - t20 world cup every 4 years (16 teams, 4 groups) - Revamped champions trophy into the knockout tournament (using the 2000 edition format, 12 teams) every 2 years - Revamped IPL without international player restrictions - minor t20 leagues in each nation in consultation with ICC - Make A-team tours more priority

NOTES:

- No 2 tests series - Take away ZIM test status - No 5 & 7 match ODI series - No T20 champions league

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Subash Jayaraman
Subash's introduction to cricket began with enduring sledging from his brothers during their many backyard cricket sessions. His fascination with the game took hold in 1983, but mostly it was the cricket commentary over All India Radio, about the water-tight front-foot defence of Gavaskar that did it. @thecricketcouch

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