Inzamam comes up with new suggestions to keep Test cricket exciting in the future
Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has come up with interesting suggestion in order to keep Test cricket alive in the future. Test cricket is considered the most top format and this is why it is the purest format of the game.
However, in order to keep Test cricket alive and exciting in the futuristic years, Inzamam advised the apex body ICC to get rid of the two-match Test series. He explained how he wants to see Test teams play out 5 matches against each other.
Despite its weaknesses, World Test Championship has been widely appreciated for strengthening the future of Test cricket. After the WTC final, the second cycle of the championship will start soon. Before that, many pundits and former players expressed their suggestions on how to make the competition better.
While speaking to Sportstar in an exclusive interview, the former Pakistani captain was asked to share his suggestions in order to make Test cricket an exciting one.
“The ICC should also consider doing away with the two-match Test series. There should at least be three Test matches in a series and that is a must to save the longer format.
I know time is a constraint these days, and as a result, we hardly see teams play a full-fledged five-match Test series, but being the governing body, the ICC should look into this.”
There is no doubt that the T20 format has dominated the sport over the years. Meanwhile, Inzamam wants Test-playing teams to commit to playing 10-12 games every year.
“If you have to keep Test cricket alive, the ICC needs to make it mandatory that each and every cricket board commit to 10-12 Test matches a year. These days, most teams play two-match Test series and the focus is mainly on ODIs and T20Is, so it is important that the top eight teams are asked to play at least a certain amount of Test cricket a year.”
The former Pakistani captain took time out to look for the positives. “Having said that, I must talk about some positives. In our times, out of 100 Tests, only 20 would have a result, and the rest would be drawn. But now, 80-90 per cent matches have results, and unless there is a rain interruption, there are hardly any drawn games – that is definitely a positive sign, but we need to look at other aspects as well to ensure that Test cricket remains exciting.”