Ravi Shastri on Test Cricket: Former head coach of Team India Ravi Shastri said that Test cricket should be restricted to only the top six teams. Shastri further said that the emphasis should be on white-ball cricket.
The former Indian head coach said, “The thing is, this is the football model. You have the EPL, La Liga, German league, South America, Copa America. It will happen in the future, you will have a World Cup and then the rest of the world.” There will be all the different leagues that happen in.”
The way he wants the Test format, Shastri insisted that the format will not be limited to just six sides, but teams will have to undergo a test to be part of the top six to be able to play the format.
As per Shastri’s proposal, teams like West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Ireland and Sri Lanka will miss out on Tests, which are not yet included in the Test rankings. Be it India, Australia or England, you have to qualify for the red-ball series to play Test match cricket. Then it doesn’t matter whether England doesn’t go to West Indies, or West Indies comes to England. If they want to come in top 6 then play and if they don’t want to come then don’t play.
Contrary to Shastri’s views, West Indies beat England 1–0 in a three-match series in March, while Sri Lanka recently drew their two-match Test series 1–1 against Australia.
When asked whether he would be happy to keep Test cricket in just six teams, former India all-rounder Shastri gave a good answer. He said, “Absolutely, because what is Test cricket? It tests you and for that you need quality. If the quality is not there then who will watch it? If the opposition is not right then you have a three-day game, a two-day game.” There are going to be games.” If you have countries that have never played Test cricket and then you say ‘come to India’ or ‘come to England’, then the game is over in two days, two and a half days, in bowler friendly conditions and you have asked the broadcaster for five Took money for days. So this is going to make the fans sad and the standards are going to go down. Quality is important and extremely important to keep cricket alive in that format of the game in the future.
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