Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakas Chopra has said against Ravi Shastri’s suggestion that only the top six teams in world cricket should play Test cricket. However, Shastri recently said that quality needs to be given priority over quantity for the Test format as well. Notably, Shastri has opined that Test cricket cannot be played by 10 or 12 teams and only the top teams should be involved in the format as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Test cricket can happen in tiers but if only the top six play Test cricket, I feel world cricket will be in trouble, including Test cricket, which all of us are saying is a very important format and will not go anywhere. Who will decide the six countries, the top six in the rankings? Let’s say that’s the case, what will the others do? He (Shastri) said in the discussion that if you go out of the six, then you have no job and teams will come up from below. But who will come up from below because only six are playing Test cricket and the others are not playing at all.”
aakash Chopra has also pointed out that countries not playing Test cricket might even disband their first-class structure also. He further added that considering the mushrooming T20 leagues around the world, the top players might not even be seen playing in first-class cricket as well.
“If you don’t play ODI cricket at all and play only World Cup to World Cup, then why do you play it at all? Why are you carrying it? Leave it, don’t play, it’s absolutely fine. The World Cup should be in that format in which you play cricket between the two World Cups. Everyone cites the football model but football does not have three formats. If you say you won’t play ODI cricket your whole life but the 50-over World Cup is important, I will say not at all,” Aakash Chopra concluded.