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Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara believes that eliminating draws from Test matches could be a way to revive the format.
Test cricket has struggled to draw in crowds, especially due to the meteoric rise of Twenty20 Internationals and domestic Twenty20 competitions like the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL).
“One of the complaints by an American is, ‘how can you play a game for five days and it ends up in a draw?’,” Lara told the BBC. “I would like to maybe see results in every single Test match.
“I know 70 per cent of the time the game takes its natural course and you get a result, (but) maybe find a way where you structure the game … you have 450 overs in five days, come up with some formula that can bring a win at the end of it.”
Despite Twenty20 cricket often being blamed for the downfall in the popularity of Test cricket, Lara made it clear that he loves the shortest format.
“I’m pro T20, because I played in a period where Test cricket was waning, the crowds were a bit smaller, and I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, lining up at 5am to watch a Test match in a packed house,” he said. “T20 has brought a new spectator in.
“I’m happy (with it) – it’s three hours, well put together, and it’s a game that has to grow in other countries, in America, in big countries … I believe (it’s) a product we can take around the place.
“So I’m a big fan, but at the end of the day, my career was based around Test cricket and I’m very, very happy it was that way.”