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Ian Chappell is concerned about the future of Test cricket. Photo Credit: AAP.

Last Update on: March 4th, 2018 at 03:33 pm

Former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell has framed the pertinent questions regarding the future of Test cricket. In his latest column, he also shed the light on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Regarding the floodlight Tests, Chappell believes more is supposed to be done in this route. It came after the statement from England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler.

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Ian Chappell questions CoA. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The right-handed batsman Butler conceded the gentleman’s game will be title towards Twenty20 International cricket.

Chappell stated Test cricket must be nurtured in a bid to make it big in the foreseeable future.

“Test cricket is a game in dire need of nurturing and one solution is to play matches under lights,” Chappell wrote in his column.

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Eoin Morgan implied traditional format cricket is in trouble. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, Morgan further went on to say that Test fold is some serious trouble.

“If something was going to be done about it, it probably should have been done already,” Morgan stated.

Moreover, leg-spinner Adil Rashid and opening batsman Alex Hales have already given a thought to play white-ball cricket.

“In recent weeks both Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan have implied that Test cricket is in trouble. Buttler even predicted that down the road, cricket could become a purely T20 game,” Chappell asserts.

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Pink-ball Test cricket kicked off in Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While talking about the richest board BCCI, Chappell has cited the massive example. He believes the confusion of the Board over the day-night Test cricket also represent cricket administration across the globe.

“The confusion surrounding the BCCI’s attempts to program its first day-night Test mirrors perfectly the state of cricket administration worldwide,” Chappell mentioned.

Chappell remarked the clear thoughts could bring the desired results. Adamant in approach, he further believes the curbing of powers is the blot in the name of a game.

“The fact that cricket’s most prosperous — and therefore most powerful — administration, the BCCI, is beholden to a Committee of Administrators (CoA) is a black mark on the game,” Chappell stated.

Chappell feels the traditional format is possibly be revived only with more number of matches under floodlights. He made a big statement by saying BCCI has to play a major role in making this possible.

“So far the D/N Test experiment has proved worthwhile but it needs the support of its biggest stakeholder. India’s current progress on programming a D/N Test appears to be more akin to “fiddling while Rome burns”,’ Chappell said.

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BCCI and CoA had a sour relation at times. Photo Credit: AFP.

Chappell somewhat lambasted the ruling of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). The two-member panel is all set to present the status report before the apex body.

“To then have the CoA overrule the BCCI’s attempts to play a Day-Night Test against the West Indies on the basis that any decision should include consultation with “the players, the administrators and the fans”, is even more damning,” Ian Chappell addressed.

On the other side, the BCCI was considering to play the pink-ball Tests against Windies which already draw the flak.

Moreover, CoA already questioned the BCCI. However, the decision didn’t sit well with Chappell.

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