When the game of Cricket was invented, it was all about Test cricket and playing with the red ball. Time changed and with it the context also changed.
Now we are in 2017 and it’s all about the shortest format of Cricket that is T20. T20 leagues all over the world go on and on over the year and Cricket just started to become more of a hard hitting and pinch hitting game rather than showing skills in the ultimate format of the game which is Test cricket.
In this generation, half of the cricket fan prefer to watch the T20 entertainment and terms Test cricket as boring & dead. For the last few years, Test cricket seems in danger and looks to lose its value completely.
Meanwhile, ICC are proposing a two-tier system, where the top 5 teams play more and the bottom 5 team play less which will result Test cricket to lose its interest more.
90 overs a day, 15 sessions, 5 days, that’s what it takes to complete a Test match. How the bottom 5 teams can defeat the top teams and how can matches go down to the wire like it happens in ODI & T20 Cricket?
Well, there’s no need of a flashback because it just happened few days ago when an inexperienced West Indies team beat England and in the next day Bangladesh beat the mighty Australia. If anyone things Test Cricket is dead, they surely need to watch the highlights of these matches.
After a humiliating innings defeat by 209 runs for West Indies in the first Test, no one could have expected the Caribbean’s to even draw the 2nd test. But, Cricket always give unexpected surprises as West Indies crawled back and defeated England by 5 wickets in the 2nd Test.
Shai Hope might have already played the best Test match of his life as he ended up scoring hundreds in both innings and became a hero for West Indies out of nowhere.
On the other hand, the next surprise happened in the very next day in Dhaka when Bangladesh defeated Australia just by 20 runs.
After the end of day 3, victory for the Tigers looked unlikely to happen as Australia needed only 150 odd runs with 8 wickets in hand. But the hero of Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan proved his worth once again and won them the game with another fifer.
These two matches clearly changed the state of Test cricket once again and showed the world Test Cricket isn’t dead, it can’t be dead. ICC should think how they can make Test Cricket more popular rather than decreasing the amount of matches.
It is only Test cricket where a player can show his potential and proper techniques. Young stars dream to play Test Cricket and it will certainly be a back step for the game of Cricket if test cricket loses its popularity.
The longer format of Cricket might look boring for some moment but it can produce more magical & nail biting moments than the other forms of cricket, ask the West Indies & Bangladeshi fans if you want some recent example.
– Saif Ahmed Chowdhury