I was sitting thinking about how I thought Test cricket could change for the better, including bringing in some of the better non-Test nations. I have seen some people suggest that having a 2 tier Test Championship could be one way of doing this, which is potentially where I have drawn my idea from. My thought was rather than a tier system having a grading system for countries. This grading would be mainly based on performance but could also include a rating of the domestic cricket, not in terms of how good their domestic set-up is but that they have a domestic scene, it is run free of corruption etc.
My idea would be to have 3 Grades; A, B and C.
These are your top Test nations, so it would either be the top 6 or 8 Test nations are present.
These are your next best nations so Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. If you only went with the top 6 nations in grade A then you would probably have the West Indies and New Zealand. Then I would include the 2 best non-Test nation candidates, so Ireland and another more than likely.
Would be the other nations that have ODI status.
Another part that got me thinking was the current England series that seems to be coming to a very abrupt end, just as it was getting going.
I would propose that series are played as followed:
Same grade nations - play a minimum of 3 Test Matches in a series. I would say that Inter-Grade C games should not be given Test status, but they should still play 5 day games.
1 Grade difference - play a minimum of 2 Test matches in a series.
2 Grade difference - play a minimum of 1 Test match in a series.
Just wondered if this sounded totally stupid to other people or not.