ICC, Please give us a reason to care about Test Cricket!

England and Australia count the Ashes as the most important series in Test cricket. Both also probably count the One-Day series and T20I’s between the two nations as the most important as well. Despite this, we still wonder why countries such as India class One-Day and Twenty20 cricket as more important than Test matches.

The Austalian's celebrate winning the Champions Trophy, but they would never hold it as proudly as the Ashes (PC: odt.co.nz)

The Australian’s celebrate winning the Champions Trophy, but they would never hold it as proudly as the Ashes (PC: odt.co.nz)

Test cricket is in desperate need of a Championship, where there is one clear winner and not just a No.1 ranked country to knock off their pedestal while playing a series against Bangladesh at home. What makes it worse is how easy it would be to organise, not to mention how much money it would generate. England play New Zealand and Australia in four test series in the year of 2013 and for what reason? It won’t help any team, especially England, who will have to play all the Sub-Continent teams in succession. Putting serious pressure on the hierarchy as we all know how hard it is for the English to play there, even if Captain Cook has proved how easy it can be!

Chris Gayle may be classed as a 'T20 globe-trotter' but still wears 333 on his back in the IPL, his highest Test score. Does this shorter-format specialist even class Test-Match cricket as the most important? (PC: BBC)

Chris Gayle may be classed as a ‘T20 globe-trotter’ but still wears 333 on his back in the IPL, his highest Test score. Does this shorter-format specialist even class Test-Match cricket as the most important? (PC: BBC)

The game of cricket misses out on this opportunity, while still continuing with the likes of the T20 World Cup every two years and Champions Trophy which will be held in England this year. Both which make each format massively over-played and over-utilised. The ICC complain of Test cricket losing popularity but give no incentive for people to watch and follow it. Test cricket has for decades been the main form of cricket, and no amount of Big Bash Premier League’s pumping hundreds of millions into a different format is going to change that, if the ICC makes Test cricket a money-making-machine.

As always I would love to hear your opinion on this matter so please post a comment in the box below.

Advertisements

One thought on “ICC, Please give us a reason to care about Test Cricket!

  1. Its a very good point …….trying to move the ICC to change anything is like pushing water uphill…….so the idea may take just a little time to come to fruition……maybe a full millenium!

Post a comment on this post!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s