Dwayne Bravo said ICC need to face reality © Getty Images
Dwayne Bravo said ICC need to face reality © Getty Images

Dwayne Bravo, West Indies all-rounder is of the opinion that if we want to popularise Test cricket across the globe, ICC’s two-tier proposal will not suffice.  Bravo said that ICC needs to be practical and they should understand that people, particularly the youth and children are in love with limited-overs cricket. ICC should think differently if they wish to reignite the lost charm of Test matches. Only time will tell how successful ICC’s new proposal will be. Bravo’s words need to be taken in the right spirit. It is a positive criticism with the intention to push ICC into doing something more to save Test cricket from dying. League system for Test cricket could be in place by 2019: Dave Richardson

Bravo was quoted by skysports.com saying, “ICC need to face reality. It will struggle because of the shorter formats of the game. It’s shorter, it’s more entertaining, it’s more fan friendly. The kids look more towards the shorter format. I think people just have to face reality, times change. Kids realise that it will benefit them financially if they play the shorter format of the game. As a Test player, those who are in charge have to do something differently to encourage people to play Test cricket. As professional players, this is what you do for a living. So it’s common sense, if you weight it up, if it doesn’t benefit you financially – players know and make decisions for their family and their careers.” READ: Death of a Gentleman: Numbing, scary…

Meanwhile, England bowler Mark Wood had a similar opinion, “I really like the way it was. I don’t know if that would make it more competitive with the two divisions but I’d like to leave it the way it is. Representing your country and playing against all countries in different conditions is a huge challenge in itself. So for me I would like it to stay as it is.”