After an elaborate two-day meeting of the International Cricket Council’s Cricket committee chaired by former Indian Test skipper Anil Kumble, the members of the council have raised different issues bothering the modern cricket, especially Test cricket. Issues such as discipline, hosts taking undue advantage of the home pitches and development of the Test Cricket were the key areas discussed during the meeting in Lords, London.
“The meeting was dominated by talks on development of Test Cricket. These days, it has been the major issue concerning us. The committee members were positive over the new structure of the test cricket. We have seen the response from crowd during the first day and night test match played between New Zealand and Australia. We are of the opinion that more of such matches must be conducted to make a final call over the feasibility of the day and night test matches”, Anil Kumble said.
He added that bringing audience to the test match venue is what develops the game in the first place.
“Another important thing we have noted is the fact that home teams are taking undue advantage over selecting pitches. They are specifically tailor made to suit one’s team and as a result, we have seen that many of the matches have been concluded in under three days”, he said. “There must be a competitive trait in the pitches we select. It should not help either of the teams cent-percent. You have to win matches by performing with talent and not by tailor-made pitches, which are extremely unhealthy to Test Cricket”.
In November 2015, during the South Africa’s tour of India, tracks prepared during the tests became rank-turners too soon and resulted in matches being concluded under three days. In an instance, the Vidarbha Cricket Stadium pitch – where the third test was played, has been rated ‘poor’ by the ICC match referee Jeff Crowe and also handed over an official warning to the pitch curator.
There were also lengthy discussions on the use of technology in Cricket. A team of technicians from a prominent organization explained the flaws in the existing Decision Review System (DRS) technology, through a power-point presentation. It has been reported that majority of the committee members have agreed on the points highlighted.