Saturday, March 29, 2008

New Format for TEST CRICKET needed

The name "Test" is thought to arise from the idea that the matches are a "test of strength and competency" between the sides involved. It seems to have been used first to describe an English team that toured Australia in 1861-62, although those matches are not considered Test matches today. The first ever official Test match commenced on the 15th of March 1877, contested by England and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the Australians won by 45 runs.

By Sunday evening India time, another test match would probably go down the tubes as 'Draw', aka 'No results'.

I am not sure if there are other games that can end in a 'No result' situation.

Not sure about you, but for me, it is just too boring to watch a five day game that ends in a tame draw !

Test cricket - The five day version of the game with two innings per side has been going on for a few centuries now. A few changes have happened in the last century like the scrapping of the 'REST DAY'.

But for most part, test cricket is still the same.

I feel it is high time the authorities came together with a new format for the longer version of the game ( IMHO, for the survival of Test cricket ).

May I suggest a maximum of one day per side ? And if the scores are tied at the end, a shoot out or a coin toss. I don't mind 2 innings per side.

The world has changed since test cricket evolved and is changing by the second.


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