India is always considered as a cricket-loving nation. India’s journey to fame of cricket was not so easy. Fans worship their favorite cricketers next to God. Recently, there was news that the MCC and ICC are worried about Test Cricket, and think its in trouble. Yes, there is no doubt to it. We all know that Test Cricket is a real talent test for any cricketer in the world. But what I see from here, test cricket will eventually become somewhat similar to the proverbial goldfish swimming in a bowl, players playing in an empty stadium or for the benefit of those who can subscribe to media carrying the highlights.
Don’t Blame BCCI & ICC:
For those, who are constantly criticizing BCCI and ICC for introducing IPL. I really don’t understand how a two-year-old baby of cricket can destroy 130 yr old tradition of cricket. In England T20 is played from a long time, why not cry for that?
I am a big fan of Test Cricket when it’s played at the highest level but that doesn’t mean I just shun off other versions of cricket too. I doubt any T20 would have given you the thrill the last moments of the drawn Ashes Test or the Test-saving innings from Laxman-Dravid against Aussies.
Makeover: There are many ways that ICC shall adopt so as to make test cricket amazing and pull the attention of cricket lovers back. Here are some of the ways I would suggest.
1. Introducing an International Test Championship
2. Making sporting pitches, not the deathbeds for bowlers mostly seen on the subcontinent
3. Allow substitutions to make it more interesting at least in the 3rd and 4th innings, so teams can adapt mid-way. Imagine defending a 120 run target with 7 bowlers
4. Allow day-night versions of test cricket. The crowd will start pouring in.
5. Performance-based points/payments for Test cricket.
Although some of the above-mentioned points seem to be ridiculous at first glance, but you never know which might hit the jackpot.
We need to make sure that Test cricket will not die – but will change and become more exciting.
What do you think? How can Indian cricket play a role in reviving the oldest form of cricket?