Team India skipper Virat Kohli recently called for having permanent Test centre in India to improve the culture of the game and keep this format alive. His comments were blown out of proportion with many saying that it will be an injustice to take Test cricket away from certain places. But Kohli has got an ally in veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin who feels it will be beneficial for the players.
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Kohli had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to identify five Test match centres in India in order to start a culture which will help nurture the longest format in India. Incidentally, England, Australia, or South Africa, all of which have traditional Test venues.
But in contrast, the BCCI allocates Test matches on a rotational policy. Virat Kohli urged the apex body to do away with this system and fix five venues for Tests. But his comments were blown out of proportion and many didn’t lend their support.
Speaking on the same, Ravichandran Ashwin feels there is a need for an academic discussion on the subject rather than going into whether it would be judicious or not in the future.
“Every other Test playing nation generally has a certain pattern of playing Test cricket. They do know how the venue behaves, how the pitch behaves, how the games pans out. That’s perennially how Test cricket works in most parts of the world. Even in India it was no exception,” Ashwin said.
Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin wants to administration to decide whether it will be the right decision or wrong. But the cricketer feels it will be beneficial for the players if India have fixed centres for Test cricket. The players from both the teams will have an idea of where they will be playing and how the crowd will be which is likely to make the game more competitive and interesting.
“The understanding of a particular venue and keeping it that way will help the players. Whether or not that’s the right thing to do is something decision makers will have to take,” he concluded.