By Zaheer E. Clarke
Published May 30, 2016
Test cricket has been the mecca format of cricket since 1877, almost 140 years. However, with the emergence of One Day Internationals (ODI) – 45 years ago – and lately the onslaught of Twenty20 (T20) cricket – in the past 11 years – many believe that Test cricket’s death is imminent. We heard the same conversation shortly after 1971 when ODIs came on the scene. The argument has now reached new fortes with T20’s dominance and appeal among diehard and casual cricket fans.
The antagonists all point to the dwindling crowds attending Test matches in the Caribbean and in other countries as to the reason why Test cricket will take its final breath. However, the overgrown grounds in England and Australia during the summers are no surprise and hints to Test cricket’s fever pitch appeal. West Indies once had that same draw wherever in the world they toured, but the downward dive of the West Indian team’s performance has coincided with the plunge in spectatorship around the world and in the Caribbean.
Some have called for Test cricket to quickly and quietly rest in peace. Others have suggested changes that will garner greater crowds, interest and revenue. Some of these recommendations range from the sensible to the senile. Nonetheless, let’s have a look at a few of the interesting and practicable proposals. Continue reading