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The Future of Test Cricket
#21
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/site/297120.html
While Robert may be bad, Robert is not all Mugabe's.
There are GOOD Mugabe's
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#22
So it looks like Ireland and Afganistan are being given Test status?
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#23
It's not April 1st is it?
LE - aka John
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#24
No its just been confirmed...

http://m.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/40364481
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#25
I think it is good that new countries should be aspiring to Test status and a fair recognition of the efforts that Afghanistan and Ireland have put into setting up an appropriate infrastructure. Good for them.
What is missing is any suggestion as to exactly how these new countries will fit into an already crowded Test schedule. It's difficult to see how this could sensibly be done without creating a two division Test status. But doing things sensibly isn't an ICC speciality, is it?
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#26
Great for a country like Afghanistan plagued with wars, the taliban and famine Really pleased for the people there. It should give them a major lift. Nice if England can play one test against them early in the season and if its at the home of cricket.
Ireland if their league structure improves and England aren't allowed to keep nicking their players then good. Othewrise they will never develop

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#27
Warnings about the future of Test cricket:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/s...08422.html
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#28
A mention for Moeen Ali who yesterday reached both 2000 Test runs and 100 Test wickets. Amongst England players, only Tony Greig has done it in fewer Tests.
Who said the Warwickshire youth system didn't produce quality players?
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#29
Yes he's done incredibly well and he's so humble with it that makes him so endearing. He bowled as well as he ever has in the first innings hardly bowling a bad ball.

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#30
Changes are afoot:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/2...-icc-board
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#31
That's actually not a bad proposal and they seem to be planning to put it in place pretty quickly. If the ECB don't get their franchised hit-and-giggle going soon they may well find it squeezed out of the calendar.
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#32
(13-10-2017, 12:12 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: That's actually not a bad proposal and they seem to be planning to put it in place pretty quickly. If the ECB don't get their franchised hit-and-giggle going soon they may well find it squeezed out of the calendar.

Yes, I quite like the proposals.
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#33
I fail to see the benefit of a Test Match championship - do the public really want/be enthused by it especially as it takes two years to complete.
The ODI league may have some merit.

As for it possibly squeezing the ECB franchised city T20 - here's hoping IMHO
LE - aka John
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#34
Matthew Engel has his say - and he doesn't pull any punches:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2...st-matches
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#35
What a spot on report. So who is going to save the game from the wreckers at the top.

While I said there would be no interest in a test match championship I had not realised the possible stupidity of a pointless final.
LE - aka John
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#36
Mostly been said before, of course, but the power hungry, cut price supermarket leaders of the ECB aren't listening or don't care.

I think he's wrong about the Test championship final. He asks who will watch if the final is between NZ and SA? Well, cricket lovers will. I spend most of my time watching as a neutral and I'm perfectly comfortable with it. The weak point is the British weather - play the final in Perth and there'd be no issue about a draw. Anyway, it's only one game at the end of a three year programme that would help maintain the profile of Test cricket.
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#37
But GB, I would bet against a full house for such a "final". Also as was said winners of test matches are not decided on just one game but usually 3 or 5 games. Do you really think throughout the history of test match cricket the general public and cricket followers have ever been interested in any form of league table.

Finally why would you want a world cricket final held in the depths of Scotland!!
LE - aka John
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#38
(13-10-2017, 05:25 PM)Leicester Exile Wrote: I fail to see the benefit of a Test Match championship - do the public really want/be enthused by it especially as it takes two years to complete.
The ODI league may have some merit.

As for it possibly squeezing the ECB franchised city T20 - here's hoping IMHO

Me too. Its a nonsense idea

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#39
Ian Bell has tweeted:
"Find it amazing that the Test Match gets rained off at the MCG and then BBL can still go on under the roof at the Etihad stadium next door. We def need a roof on our grounds in England"
I thought I was the only one bleating on about the need for an indoor stadium in England.  Now at least there's two of us.
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#40
Make that three of us.... :-)
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