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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Testing times

Taking a cue from the BCCI's recent statements about wanting the ICC to recraft its Test fixtures so India gets to play the bigger nations more often, Saurabh Wahi comes up with a series of graphs on ODIs and Tests played by each country, to underline the anomalies in the calendar. India, meanwhile, turns the screws further, calling for the scrapping of the Champions' Trophy on the grounds that it uses up over a month of prime cricketing time that can be put to much better (read, lucrative) use.
The move to scrap the tournament comes amid reports that India want to maximise revenues from TV rights by organising more series against major nations like Australia, England and Pakistan over the next four years.
The last Champions Trophy, in England in 2004, was criticised by many for its format and also because there were too many substandard matches.

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