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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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Mahek

Don't know where you got just the two tests in 2010 bit. We're scheduled to play New Zealand at home and South Africa away. That will be 5 more tests, with the third test against South Africa at the start of 2011.

Also, it was CSA who asked for the test series to be scrapped in the first place as it didn't want its players to be fatigued going into the T20 WC and subsequent tour of WI.

We have a bunch of tests coming up right from the home series against New Zealand. We have South Africa away, England away, West Indies at home, Australia away from October 2010 to February 2012. The relatively empty test calendar for 2010 is just due to the vagaries of the FTP.

The Reverse Sweep

Thanks Mahek. I seem to remember at the time India reached the number one spot, I read a number of articles stating that at that time only the two test against Bangladesh had been arranged for 2010. But maybe I was wrong. I think the general gist of the post is correct though that the BCCI has found a renewed thirst for tests since India got to number one. And as far as I am concenred that is great news.

Mahek

Not been here for a while, you've run up quite a few posts since :)

The series against Bangladesh was in the FTP since we play our home series against them in Bangladesh. Don't ask me why, the official reason is an India-Bangladesh series held in Bangladesh would generate more revenue if played in that country than in India.

While I agree that having more tests is good, I don't want the BCCI or some other board randomly organising series. I would much rather prefer a league system over a four year period - World Cup to World Cup - in which all the test sides play each other once home and away. I think even the ICC would want it but I doubt the four major boards would agree.

The Reverse Sweep

Totally agree with you Mahek. A world test championship would be a great innovation. You could take the top two teams over a four year period and play a three test series (one home, one away and one neutral) to decide who is the champion.

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