Money hungry BCCI killing Test cricket: Oz media

Published: Tuesday, December 8, 2009, 12:02 [IST]
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'Money hungry BCCI killing Test cricket'

Melbourne: India might have become the No 1 team in the Test cricket but they are also posing threat to the future of the longer format, alleges Australian media.

"India are not scheduled to play a single long-format game at home for nearly two years. The outrageous absence of home Tests for such a length of time underscores the problems faced by the traditional format," says Sydney Morning Herald report.

The scheduled three-Test series against world No.2 South Africa has been cancelled and that will impact the Test rankings in a huge manner. India's only home series for the next 21 months will be against the lowest-ranked Bangladesh, before hosting West Indies in November 2011.

Earlier Indian oach Gary Kirsten too had said his team was powerless in the structuring of fixtures.

The newspaper came down heavily on BCCI for for creating pressure on the International Cricket Council to accommodate more ODIs and T20s in the Future Tour Programme.

"They won't admit it, but the fixtures are determined purely by television revenue. Indian broadcast moguls are not interested in Tests because they rate poorly - as indicated by the recent survey - while ODIs and Twenty20s push their numbers through the roof," the report said.

The newspapers also criticised other cricket boards for playing more ODIs with India just for the sake of some revenue generation.

"The situation is also not helped by the willingness of Australia, England and South Africa to jump at every chance to play meaningless ODIs in India, simply to boost revenue for the BCCI in return for partnerships in the Champions League Twenty20 competition and other financial benefits," the report said.


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