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.
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!
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.
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