Many former and current cricketers have shown their concern for the falling popularity of the Test format of cricket. Former India player Sachin Tendulkar, who is widely regarded as the greatest batsman of the modern era, has a unique suggestion for bringing in more eyeballs for the Test format.
Sachin Tendulkar was speaking at the Hindustan Times-Mint Asia Leadership Summit in Singapore.
He suggested that having two new balls (one from each end every 80 overs) would be the way to take test cricket forward and make sure bowlers are not at a disadvantage.
Tendulkar said that better bats and smaller boundaries have benefited batsmen and this two new balls approach will only help tilt the balance in favor of bowlers. Tendulkar also said that he thinks that incidents of ball tampering happen due to bowlers trying to get some advantage after the new ball loses its shine.
Sachin also had a suggestion for the betterment of ODIs. He said that ODIs could have four quarters, with teams alternating innings — a move that could render redundant the toss advantage and the dew factor (which disadvantages teams bowling second in day-night games).
(With inputs from hindustantimes.com)