Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had commented that 10-12 teams cannot play the game’s longest format, and to ensure Test cricket remains competitive, only the top five-six teams are allowed to play against each other. Now, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has responded to the suggestion, saying that the existing system works well and explained his thinking behind the thought process.
Ashwin spoke on his official YouTube channel and there he talked about Ireland and how the smaller countries should have opportunities to play the longest format.
“Recently, Ravi Bhai has also said that test cricket should be made as a format that only 3-4 (sic) countries play. But when 3-4 countries play, teams like Ireland don’t get a chance to play. You can ask me what the relationship is between Test cricket and T20 cricket Only when you play Test cricket does your first class structure get better And only when your first class structure is good people get more chances And players who do well in first class cricket shape their game according to the T20 cricket. That’s how cricket came to be,” said Ashwin.
“You can see that you can add to the top three strong test countries and also make it 4-5. India, England and Australia, the first-class structure of these countries is extremely strong. a few suggest whether the first-class structure of India can be further improved as at present Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar have done well in county cricket. Is there also an opportunity for foreign players to come and play Ranji Trophy? These questions are also being asked,” he said.
Continuing on the same, Ashwin said: “How are you going to bolster first-class cricket? For that, test cricket has to be relevant in your country. If test cricket isn’t relevant, they won’t be playing it with full interest. I’m currently in the West Indies and here can we see that first class cricket is almost gone because there is no foundation for first class cricket everything is t20 cricket and leagues their test cricket has dropped drastically and hence the world cricket results have gone since the 2016 t20 world cup their cricket has not progressed So the basics of first-class cricket are very important.”
Earlier, Shastri had said that if one wants to survive Test cricket, 10-12 teams cannot play.
“If you want to survive Test cricket you can’t have 10, 12 teams. Keep the top six, keep the quality of cricket and respect quality over quantity. That’s the only way you open a window to other cricket to play Expand teams in T20 or one day cricket if you want to spread the game but in Test cricket you have to shrink the teams then it doesn’t matter if England don’t go to West Indies or West Indies don’t come to England,” Shastri told Sky Sports.
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