The BCCI have opposed of playing four-day test cricket and also a two-tier system for test matches. “If you don’t have a foolproof format in front of you, where is it going to help the game of cricket? I think we should not even [get into] into that,” Thakur told ESPNcricinfo in Florida, on the sidelines of India’s first official series in the USA – the T20s against West Indies.
“Anurag Thakur said that the T20 format takes three hours to complete the game and people love to watch the T20 format with lots of zeal. They love to see batsmen hit sixes and fours.
“Second, there is a generational gap I believe. We must look into the crowd which comes in England, Australia or in India. What is the average age who comes to watch Test cricket? India is a young country. We have a lot of youngsters. Whether they connect with T20, ODI or Test, you can’t force the fan.
“It is the fan who has to decide what he wants to see. You can give all the products, he is the best judge whether he has an interest in A, B or C. So we are playing all formats. Let’s see which is the most watchable product.”
“We have a long season at home where we are hosting New Zealand, England and Australia [and Bangladesh] for Test matches, playing 13 Test matches at home and we have already finished four [away] with West Indies. So 17 Test matches in a season is a huge, huge period. When globally most countries are not playing enough Test cricket, BCCI is sticking to it, trying to make it as popular as other formats and we’ll try our best.”
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