Everyone in the cricketing fraternity has a lot of free time on their hands right now amid the lockdown. Many of them have also been proactive on social media in the past few weeks due to the CornaVirus outbreak. Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg has shared his opinion on the resumption of competitive cricket. The spinner feels the audience has starved enough and want to see cricket as soon as possible.
Brad Hogg also proposes the cancelation of the World Test Championship. Speaking on his Youtube channel, Hogg said, “The pandemic has opened the door for the ultimate cricket rebirth. Viewers have been starved and they want to see some competitive cricket, so scarp the World Test Championship for a while and get a couple of series that are really going to ignite the interest in cricket around the world.”
Hogg says he would like to see Ashes and an India-Pakistan Test series instead of the continuation of the WTC. Hogg feels the pandemic can be seen as an option for the cricket rebirth of cricket.
“Firstly scrap this summer’s India against Australia five-match series and have the Ashes played instead. But where does that leave India? They will play Pakistan in a four-match Test series, with two matches in India and the other two in Pakistan, over the Christmas period. We have not seen it for a while and the public is starving for it,” the Australian said.
The Australian international mentioned how mini-battles between Indian and Pakistani players would gather crowds and draw the attention of people at the matches.
“There are many reasons for it. Firstly, Kohli and Babar Azam, who is the best out of those two? Well, that will be proven in this series. Then you have got (Jasprit) Bumrah against (Shaheen Shah) Afridi, which means quality bowling attack and then the spinners, Ravichandran (Ashwin) versus (Yasir) Shah and it’s all in Asian conditions. Brilliant stuff, let’s have it!” Hogg said.