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The Future of Test Cricket
#1
George sounds a warning:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa...61853.html
What he is saying is very much in line with the story told in Death of a Gentleman.
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#2
I see a similarity with the Packer era. Perhaps the way is to go back to having 5 tests in the summer and a 5 test tour in the winter. This should allow spaces in the calendar for players to appear in the T20 leagues. If the ICC continue to ignore the T20 leagues then Test cricket will be the loser.
LE - aka John
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#3
I don’t think the ICC are ignoring the T20 leagues….. they know that is where the money is. I often ask myself, why would most people who can succeed at T20 want to spend around 90 overs a day in the field week after week for far less money? I love the longer format of the game…. But I do believe that unless the four and five day game is supported at the highest level, it will become the preserve of the ordinary and sadly slip into an almost amateur irrelevance. Action needs to be taken quickly focusing on rewards from both Test and T20 cricket.
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#4
New proposals for the future of Test cricket are beginning to emerge:
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/fe...s-shake-up
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#5
I think a league system with promotion and relegation for Test Cricket is a good idea. There would be practicalities to sort out like how many Tests constitute a series and what allowance is made for weather delays. There would have been times when England would have ended up in the mugs' division for a couple of years but I don't see anything wrong with that.

Of course, !money considerations will stop this happening.
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#6
Whats happens if England and Australia end up i different divisions for a period of time, that would be disasterous lol

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(26-02-2016, 12:53 PM)Paul Wrote: Whats happens if England and Australia end up i different divisions for a period of time, that would be disasterous lol

The article says:
"A marquee series such as the Ashes, for example, could continue on its current cycle even if Australia or England were in different divisions."

Overall, I think the ICC is going along the right lines at last.
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#8
Quote:There would be no exemptions to this, something originally proposed by Australia, England and India during the restructuring of the ICC in 2014. Relegation and promotion between division two and the Intercontinental Cup would also be in place, although whether this would be automatic or determined by play-offs is still being discussed.

Ok I read up to this bit and assumed there would be no exceptions

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(26-02-2016, 03:45 PM)Paul Wrote:
Quote:There would be no exemptions to this, something originally proposed by Australia, England and India during the restructuring of the ICC in 2014. Relegation and promotion between division two and the Intercontinental Cup would also be in place, although whether this would be automatic or determined by play-offs is still being discussed.

Ok I read up to this bit and assumed there would be no exceptions

I think the key bit, apart from what I quoted, is:
"Matches within this divisional structure would occupy no more than five months a year, leaving time for countries to schedule additional tours."
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#10
I should have read the whole article

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#11
I dislike much of what has changed about cricket over the last 10 years or so but this change seems to make sense.

It can no longer be justified for England to have to play a continually deteriorating West Indies side every couple of years.

This proposed mechanism means that matches between the big three are guaranteed even if India, Australia and England sit in different divisions - so a 5 test Ashes series every couple of years is maintained.

Be interesting to see how this helps Ireland and an-other associate nation into the test arena to play in a division with 5 test sides
West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Nepal - could throw up some intriguing 2 and 3 match series
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#12
This is an interesting development:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/conte...62376.html
I'm not sure, however, exactly what is being said about the Ashes - on the one hand, the suggestion seems to be that Ashes series might not happen;  but on the other, there is reference to crossover series which suggests that even if England and Australia were in opposite conferences, they could still play each other.
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#13
It's a creative idea but I wonder if it creates problems that are worse than those it solves. It is understandable that the minnows want more chances to play against the top sides but if it comes at the expense of the top teams not playing each other I question whether there is a net benefit. There is a world of difference in the Test match standards of Zimbabwe or Ireland as against India or Australia. Nothing is really gained by staging mismatches apart from a few quid for the minnows. If the lesser sides need more opportunities to progress then it might be better for them to start by staging games against the major nations' A teams rather than letting them be crushed by the full first teams.
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#14
I agree.
On a different but related topic, here is an indication of how the different forms of the game are diverging:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/co...62544.html
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#15
This looks like a bit of an own-goal by the ECB:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2017/...t-england/
If you've snared a bank to sponsor Test cricket and then give shirt sponsorship to one of their competitors, you surely can't be too surprised if they exercise a get-out clause.
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#16
Just who is running the asylum ?
LE - aka John
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#17
.... well I'm supporting test match cricket .... I just got tickets for the first three day / nights of the test. Not bad at £ 26 each! Perhaps someone has listened?
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#18
After the success of the maiden season, Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set for its second edition. This year, PSL 2017 T20 starts from February 9 in Dubai. The main charm of PSL 2017 will be its final, which is scheduled to take place in Lahore given the security clearance. The finalists will travel to Pakistan for.
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#19
The ICC have agreed a new constitution and financial model for the international game, unsurprisingly, the corrupt BCCI have objected.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
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