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Mark Nicholas, Rahul Dravid, Nasser Hussain, Ed Smith and Richard Verow discuss the future of Test cricket around the world

August 21, 2013

Posted by   on (August 25, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

If you destroy test cricket you are therefore destroying the heritage of Cricket. We might as well dump the entire sport and take up baseball instead. T20 for the local funfair. But please spare test cricket as that's the only mode by which the most skilful sports in the world gets determined. ICC has to reign in these money spinning machines and invest more time and money in test playing nations. Restricting only 8 countries to the premiership won't help develop the game either.

Posted by Big_Chikka on (August 25, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

today's end to the ash's series sum up test cricket and why it is a "test." batting for days, enduring days in the field, uncertainty of conditions etc etc all spread over 5 days makes for a test of character, this is test cricket, and i hope it stays that way. the end of the game may not be media friendly, may not have been the big hit with ratings that sky wanted to culminate the series with i.e. victory for sky and england , but it is test cricket, attritional and with a second round to be played out in australia. so the show goes on.

Posted by HUJ_MA on (August 25, 2013, 12:20 GMT)

One thing which i want to suggest reduce every team to just bat or bowl 90 overs per innings in this case it will be more inserting than now i suggest this due some teams like england scores so slowly the current ashes series is the great example of it the just scored around 2 and a half per over which is so slow

Posted by HUJ_MA on (August 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Actually test cricket is so long in such circumstances where the life is so fast everyone want result as fast as possible but in test oh my goodness it tooks five days mean five days 450 overs for the result of one match

Posted by Anneeq on (August 25, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

There are a few things for me that need to get sorted, first of all there needs to be a proper window for ALL of these domestic T20 tournaments (barring countries like Aus who have opposite seasons to the rest of the world). All the players should only commit to ONE team instead of playing for middlesex, the mumbai indians and trinidad all at the same time. That way the players wont be exhausted when they play for their country since they only commit to one domestic team. World cups NEED to be knockout tournaments, get rid of these long drawn out super 6/8s and round robins.

About tests tho, i really dont know. I like the principle of giving tests a context with the W/C but i honestly do not think itd work as a spectacle. It just takes too long and it can only be feasible with a couple of teams, say less than 5 teams (if even that). We'll see how it goes anyways, but my initial thoughts are, its not going to work......

Posted by dmat on (August 24, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

Problem - too much money in T20, not enough in test cricket? Solution, pay test cricketers more and T20 players less. This encourages players (from a young age) to focus on test cricket and enables those in their twilight years to keep earning a quid. Spend more money developing the game at grass roots level and to introduce the game (via T20) in new markets. This gives the game the chance to grow. If the major cricket playing nations (Ind, Eng, Aus & SA) understood they have a responsibility to develop the game rather than looking after their own interests, something could be done.

Posted by Big_Chikka on (August 22, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

great debate, money, desire....needs... welcome to cricket and capitalism. sky doesn't want to have to show lesser nations, not profitable, headline grabbing and above all money making. one thing people haven't answered / weren't asked is what is the purpose of this game? marginally touched on, in terms of protecting what we love about of the game. pro's want more cash, contenders want more chances.

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