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Is Test Cricket Destined To Die?
Discussion started by Indian Cricket Fever (IP Logged), 13 March, 2008 16:25
Indian Cricket Fever
Indian Cricket Fever
13 March, 2008 16:25
Is Test Cricket Destined To Die?

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Gabbar
14 March, 2008 16:27
Gaurang sounds like an excellent plan



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Gaurang
Birbal
14 March, 2008 17:21
Since by adopting T20 so thoroughly and even setting up a league (IPL) with owners and players who are "bought"...etc...Cricket is being baseballized so much...

I think having a biennial championship with Zonal pennant winners is quite logical...



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ananthd
14 March, 2008 18:41
Birbal, a long overdue idea, well articulated...

However, I'd split the zones this way:

Going West->East:

Zone I
WI, England, SA, Pakistan

Zone II
Ind, SL, Aus, NZ

And the playoff home court winner will play 3 Tests at home, 2 away and not all 5 at home. I feel this will penalize teams playing in the tougher zone(thereby having a worse record) unduly...

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ananthd
14 March, 2008 18:43
And the playoff format will 1-home, 2 away, 2 back home...

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Birbal
14 March, 2008 19:00
ananthd the playoff format of splitting it like that would be too much travelling no?

As for the Zonal splits I guess you went East West instead of North South...

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ananthd
14 March, 2008 19:06
If travel becomes a huge issue, we can probably go 3,2 though that is less than ideal.

But in cricket, since home field is such a huge advantage, I think all 5 in one country would be too much...

Since there are two years, we can probably hold the final series in the last 6 weeks of the cycle. There should be enough time even accounting for time differences...

Gaurang
Birbal
14 March, 2008 21:48
It is not a matter of time... but just doesn't feel right...

The other option is to hold the final in a neutral country so the home advantage is essentially neutralized...



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Gaurang
Birbal
14 March, 2008 22:27
On second thoughts the 3-2 format does make sense...

There is a bit of home advantage...but if the visiting team can hold out for a draw in a match they can turn the tables....

I LIKE that idea...



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Max
18 March, 2008 07:06
Good article Birbal. The way Test cricket is run definitely needs to be revamped. I would recommend that Test cricket have 2 levels. That will improve the standard of the game and increase popularity. It will also help teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to improve at their own pace. As of now the teams could be classified as below:

Level 1:

Australia
India
South Africa
England
Sri Lanka

Level 2:

New Zealand
Pakistan
West Indies
Zimbabwe
Bangladesh

After every 2-3 years, the worst performing team from Level 1 would be replaced by the best performing team from Level 2.



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Congrats to Indian team and all Indian fans!



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 18/03/2008 07:15 by Max.

Gaurang
Birbal
18 March, 2008 20:11
Naah Max disagree with your levels... England, Pakistan, New Zealand all can beat teams in the "upper" level quite regularly...

I think my grouping of Top 8 teams at Elite Level and then a Jr. level of Bangla, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, UAE, Holland, etc... makes more sense...



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Gaurang
Birbal
21 October, 2008 20:05
Yes India has just won a HUGE TEst at home...

But the question must be asked, even amidst the euphoria...

Btw, when Tendulkar became the first man to score 12,000 Test runs the frenzy was nothing like the frenzy when Sunny became the first to score 10,000 runs... the 11,900 odd firecrakers not withstanding...

And only a smattering of school kids (who were allowed FREE entry) watched India on Day 4 and 5...



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/10/2008 20:06 by Birbal.

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Birbal
21 February, 2010 04:01
Bump for HR...

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Birbal
01 June, 2016 20:56
Looks like ICC is FINALLY copying my idea from a DECADE ago...

Better late than never.. I suppose...smiling smiley

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Akbar
Akbar
24 July, 2016 02:12
Test cricket looks destined to live long now. Nobody wants tests to die - although very few people show interest in actually watching them.
If Test cricket comes close to death, I am sure people will start taking interest in them.

Martian
Martian
24 July, 2016 14:29
not only the context, but the timing of the matches is also important. They have to go for day-night matches, where ppl can start watching in the evening till they go to bed. If tests are still kept it as day matches,this change will be too little too late.

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Birbal
21 October, 2016 21:34
[www.espncricinfo.com]

Now the ICC come up with a HARE BRAINED scheme of alternately ranked teams in divisions... this is a JOKE...

Do the IDIOTS at ICC realize that one of the reasons Baseball divisions are successful is due to the long history and traditional rivalries...How stupid would it be if the Dodgers were in one division one year and some other division the next?

The idea of two Zones North and South.. as I suggested.. or as ananthd suggested East and West...makes a lot of sense...

But this alternately ranked team in groups that keep changing based on rankings is a JOKE



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 21/10/2016 21:37 by Birbal.

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apple
24 October, 2016 08:02
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Birbal
The idea of two Zones North and South.. as I suggested..

Of course Birbal knows the answer...

The ICC is run by the big 3, not the big 1.

BCCI wont accept divisions, because they know fair weather Indian fans will stop supporting their side if they get relegated. And Aus and Eng would never support Birbal's North/ South leagues (nor all series being three games) as that would mean no Ashes.

All international team sporting competitions are derived from the Ashes. The federation of the colonies of Australia, which formed together to become a nation, was first practiced in the cricket team, whose cap badge became our official national emblem.

All the other nations of the world could stop playing cricket. The Ashes will still happen.



Apple: Ignoring Shilpa since 27/3/2012 and Birbal (temporarily replying to him since there's no one else here 26/10/2015) since 16/8/2012

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Birbal
21 January, 2019 00:26
Bump in light of the much delayed and much diluted Test Cricket Championship which starts after the World Cup. I believe the Ashes will be the first series in that championship.

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Birbal
18 November, 2019 19:33
Bump...


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