Aakash Chopra questions Ravi Shastri’s suggestion of 6 teams playing Tests

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ravi Shastri had said that only top six teams should be allpwed to play Tests.
  • Shastri also said that the lower rank teams should fight their way to get into the top six to qualify for playing Tests.
  • Aakash Chopra feels that world cricket will be in trouble if this decision is taken.
The eternal question in cricket after the emergence and popularity of the shorter formats has been whether Test Cricket would continue to sustain its quality. In a recent interaction with Sky Sports, former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri stated that in order to maintain the quality of Test Cricket, the number of teams playing the longest format should be reduced to six.

“If you want Test Cricket to survive, then you cannot have 10-12 teams playing. Keep the top-six, keep the quality of cricket going, and respect quality over quantity,” the former Indian all-rounder was quoted as saying.

However, former Indian opener Aakash Chopra vehemently disagrees with Ravi Shastri’s suggestion saying that this could lead to world cricket being in trouble. “Test cricket can happen in tiers but if only the top six play Test cricket, I feel world cricket will be in trouble, including Test cricket, which all of us are saying is a very important format and will not go anywhere,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

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Ravi Shastri had also stated that no matter which the country, only the top six ranked teams should be allowed to play Tests, and in order to qualify for playing the longest format of the game, lower-ranked teams should improved their ranking to get into the top six. . “If they’re in the top-six they play, if they’re not, they don’t – whether it’s India, Australia or England, you have to qualify for that top-six if you wish to play Test cricket,” he said.

Aakash Chopra also questioned this format, saying that there is no parameter to increase the rankings if no Test Cricket is played outside the top six teams. “Who will decide the six countries, the top six in the rankings? Let’s say that’s the case, what will the others do? He (Shastri) said in the discussion that if you go out of the six, then you have no job and teams will come up from below. But who will come up from below because only six are playing Test cricket and the others are not playing at all,” he added.

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Chopra also mentioned that he was against the idea of ​​ODIs being played only in the World Cup, and not in any other series or tournament. “If you don’t play ODI cricket at all and play only World Cup to World Cup, then why do you play it at all? Why are you carrying it? Leave it, don’t play, it’s absolutely fine. The World Cup should be in that format in which you play cricket between the two World Cups,” he concluded.

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