News Article: Broad Burst A Timely Reminder to the ICC

News Article

17 January 2016Broad Burst A Timely Reminder to the ICCAuthor: Tom Dolby

The Big Bash Cricket tournament in Australia is now, incredibly, rated within the top 10 most attended events in world sport [on an average attendance per game basis]. So hats off to the Aussies.

The ICC World T20, running from March to April 2016 in India, will no doubt be equally popular - full of outragous run rates, switch hits, ramp shots, and flashing bails. All good progressive stuff in moving the game forward and engaging with global audiences.

England's Stuart Broad, however, sent a timely Test Match reminder to the ICC in Johanessburg this weekend with a staggering bowling performance that turned the tide and the series vs South Africa. It was sport at its finest. At its most competitive.

The ICC must therefore stop the inevitable commercial jugganaut moving too far in the direction of the shorter formats of the game. The introduction of a much needed Global Test Match tournament should stop the rot.

It would create a prize and target for countries to focus resources on. Even the big media conglomerates will surely splash out in support. Luckily for everybody, the proposal is already on the table with the ICC Bureaucrats.

Broad's rampant 6-17, charging in like a herd of wildebeest, simply can't be replicated in a T20 tournament. So hurry up ICC and put Test Match Cricket where it belongs at the pinnacle of international cricket's calendar.



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