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Chappell: I'm in favour of a World Test Championship

ESPNcricinfo's Gaurav Kalra catches up with former Australia captain Ian Chappell to talk about the World Test Championship following reports suggesting the ICC may shelve the project altogether

January 14, 2014

Posted by Fijicricket on (January 16, 2014, 2:20 GMT)

To avoid boring draws which are deliberate , I suggest a boxing style points system for every session . For example the first SA/INDIA test,India would have been leading SA os points on the fourth day 11-1. The only solution on the last day for SA was to go for a win or India would have won on points! This will also ensure more interest in every session. Can experts pls throw some light at this suggestion.?

Posted by NALINWIJ on (January 15, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

8 TEAM FORMAT WILL NOT WORK. Let top 4 teams qualify over 4 years. have 3 test series between 1v4 and 2v3 winner of the series or if drawn the higher ranked team goes through.then a final is arranged at the higher ranked teams home ground for a 3 test series.winner or If series is drawn the higher ranked team is crowned world champion.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (January 15, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

1 more idea for tests. Why not introduce ent. like cheerleader,DJ,music during tests?Surely it will draw new gen.,families,women to games almost as much as t20 does.If you compete with t20 why not follow? Its ent. biz and its smart to keep with the times.

Posted by Arif_Shah on (January 15, 2014, 11:34 GMT)

For any idea of an ICC Test Championship or a two-tier structure to have authenticity, FTP needs to be strictly adhered to which means test series would no longer be a bilateral arrangement between two boards. As a result, India will have no option but to play home and away series against Pakistan, Bangladesh & Zimbabwe. Failure to do so would result in a forfeit. For obvious reasons, this is not going to happen.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

We have to believe that people are not able enough to waste their time in five day cricket. yes test cricket can show us true depth of cricket but if you look at history pof past 10 years. the cricketers with decent test averages are always good players in the likes of great Sachin tendulakar,kalis, AB deiviliers, Micheal clarke , Sangakara, Ricky Ponting etc and many many more. We are not even able to bring the cricket level of accociates to the required standards. Its since long after Srilanka and Newzeland that we see any other minnow in the world cricket as a big threat. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are not up to the mark even after playing so much international matches.Please bring the champion trophy in So that we can produce some more Nation in the cricketing world rather limiting it to four countries. ICC should take a deep look in to it. A suggestion from a great cricket Fan

Posted by soumyas on (January 15, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

Current bilateral test series which are being played have no context after the series is over. So they should consider every bilateral series results to championship, every bilateral series should be a part of league structure of this championship. Every team should be tested on seam,bouncy,swing,turning,low,flat pitches with home and away. Should happen every 4 year, first 3 years should be a part of league and the last year should be for semi final, finals. again best of 3 for finals. That will decide the champions.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Top 6 teams paly for two groups winning a game team gets 7 points. if a match drawn 3 points and first innings winning team may get 1 point. Two best teams in each groups will get into final. If the final won by a team they are the champions. Otherwise the team won the first innings will win the championship. That is the way of first class cricket goes

Posted by Rocketman1 on (January 15, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

This tournament might actually cause Test cricket to produce a result as opposed to draws. This will easily draw more spectators. If 3 years are allocated for all teams to play each other home and away a minimum 3 Tests, then it would give all teams a fair chance to go up and down the ladder and the two top teams can play off in either a one off timeless Test or a 3 match series. It really can't be that hard.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2014, 23:48 GMT)

Well Kerry Packer's fears have come to pass, TV companies completely run cricket.

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