Former New Zealand head coach, Mike Hesson, admitted the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) new World Test Championship is critical for the survival of Test cricket.
Meanwhile, the nine top-ranked sides will compete with each team playing six series on a home-and-away basis against mutually selected opponents in a two-year cycle. The tournament is likely to happen soon after the World Cup.
However, Mike Hesson feels Test cricket will survive as long as there is context. He also believes that the fear regarding the disappearance is not entirely real.
“Test cricket will survive as long as there is context. The World Test Championship is critical to its survival. If there is no context to matches and they just operate bilateral tours in isolation, then the relevancy will disappear over time,” Hesson said.
“People are having a fear that Test cricket is disappearing, but I think that’s not the case. There is still a high level of interest,” he continues. “With the World Test Championship, you know that you play eight Tests over a two-year period. Players love playing Test cricket and playing for their country, but if you add context, that leads towards a points table or final or whatever, then it has so much more meaning,” Mike Hesson explained.
Moreover, Mike Hesson admitted that it is about playing to the potential but also giving equal respect to the opponents.
“We are very competitive; some people forget that just because we don’t sledge too much and give others the space,” Hesson concluded.