http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci-i...ry/353834.htmlPlans are afoot to make Test matches more attractive and ensure the Twenty20 format does not destroy the traditional five-day game, according to IS Bindra, who takes charge as the ICC's principal advisor next month.
Bindra said the sport's governing body was concerned at dwindling Test attendance. "We need to learn from our experiences and move forward," Bindra told the Week, an Indian magazine. "We in the ICC have had very serious discussions for the last six to eight months on how to repackage Test cricket, make it more exciting and introduce an element of competition.
"It does not mean tinkering with the form but we are looking to bringing in more audience in Test matches." Bindra, a former president of the BCCI, declined to reveal the measures being considered but said the "the ICC was looking at ways to increase scoring-rates [and] have a world championship of Test cricket."
As a rule, I do NOT like any attempts to repackage Test cricket. The line about increasing scoring rates is especially ominous, as the scoring rates in Test cricket have really never been higher, and the vast majority of Tests yield a result, which should be the goal. Test cricket does not need faster scoring to be appealing - it just needs more even matches. And to be frank, we just saw some great series between India and Australia, and now are seeing another unexpected one with West Indies and Australia. To me, it's not broken - don't try to fix it. I am not sure how radical those changes are, but I hope it's just hot air coming from the ICC on this.