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Dravid: In principle, two-tier Test system is a good idea

Rahul Dravid talks about the scrapped World Test Championship and the ICC-proposed two-tier system for Test cricket

Producer: Gokul Chakravarthy

January 16, 2014

Posted by   on (January 18, 2014, 1:03 GMT)

i think before giving any country status of test playing nation ... icc must always see the development of cricket and popularity in that nation... and also see how they are establishing their foundation back home..... for example if we let usa or canada play test cricket... i m not sure but all they have could be 20-30 good players representing years and years for them and of indian,pakistani and english originality! this will not help...while if they could allow teams like nepal...who could bring good revenue and has a very good fan following and lots of ppl playing and loving cricket ...this is just and example... icc should look for potential members and develop cricket in those country in order to make it global.. making it global will easily give much more money to icc than just developing in these 3 countries...the way icc is handeling cricket... in few years only 4-5 nation will be left...

Posted by Monjur_Elahi on (January 17, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Welcome idea! In theory any team, including India may get relegated down to the 2nd Tier too. That would be hillarious ;-)

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 17, 2014, 6:42 GMT)

and may I add another scenario in an event of a Drawn Series

Team with the most Draws, shall be declared the winner.

Any feedback on my proposal is most welcome. In the meanwhile, Ill devise a proposal for the 2nd Tier.

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 17, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

Team Ranked #1 v Team Ranked # 4 & Team Ranked # 2 v Team Ranked # 3 play a Three Test Match series home and away (a total of six Tests). The teams with most wins in after both home and away series, qualifies for the "ICC Test Championship Finals" The two finalists play a Five Test Match Series (home and away) to determine the winner. Needless to say the team with most wins will be crowned the ICC World Test Champions.

In the event of a drawn Series, the following tie breakers will apply:

Team with the most Wins, shall be declared the winner, or if still equal

Team with the least losses, shall be declared the winner, or if still equal

Team with the higher Ranking, shall be declared the winner

As you can see in my proposal, the emphasis is on performing Home and Away, Hence, the two Semi-Finals Test Series along with Final Test Series is played on Home and Away basis, because by that assessment we will be able to truly judge who is the best of the best.

Posted by Lion_96 on (January 17, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

Let me throw in an idea here...

I think the ICC Test Championship should go forward, regardless of what TV broadcasters might say (if they had it all their way, we would be only watching ODIs & T20s). Having said that, I believe the Test Championship should coexist with a 2nd Tier of Test Nations & Potential Test Nations (ZIM,BAN,IRE,SCO,AFG,NED,NEP)

Test Cricket is arguably the most unique sport in the world, due to its duration and lack of tie breaker (i.e Draws). Another unique aspect of Test Cricket is assessing a team's performance at Home and Abroad. So how do we accommodate all these unique features of Test Cricket ?

Ill post my Proposal in the next Post (since it will require considerable explaination)

Posted by flickspin on (January 17, 2014, 3:32 GMT)

the 2 system is taking cricket backwardsaustralia lost half a dozen games this year imagine if the ashes was 5 nil win by england.australia will be challenged in south africa i hope australia win.

but test cricket will only be played by 6 nations, pakistan,india,sri lanka,australia, south africa and england,this takes cricket back to the 80's.

we need more teams not less

i would add namibia,kenya,ireland,afghanistan,uae, holland to test status.

if the icc think that by demoting teams thier standards would improve is stupid, minnow nations standards will only improve by playing the best teams on a regular basis.

i dont know why people pick on zimbabwe and bangladesh.

zimbabwe beat pakistan this year, and bangladesh had a very competitive series against sri lanka, thier skills are improving not everyone can be a cricket powerhouse

demoting teams is a step backwards not a step forwards, it would undo 15 years of development. and the game in these countries might become obsolete

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

the main team that needs to relegated is india.. india can only win in subcontinent

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

This idea will give the WICB something to think about long and hard. Cricket in the Caribbean must improved or it will drop down to the second level . At present the ICC focus mainly on teams like IND, AUS, SA, ENG, all others are just ........

Posted by dhakacsc on (January 16, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

excellent idea. This will give the 2nd tier nations an incentive to keep on improving. Right now the door is firmly closed to these nations.It will also not let current test nations take for granted their place in the sun.

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