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Maidenover
Post subject: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 10:25 on 12th Sep 2012

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thin end of the wedge ... shape of things to come ... inevitable ?http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/current/story/581790.html
or just a one-off to accommodate IPL?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 13:21 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
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Jayasekara said scheduling an ODI series instead of following the FTP would end up being "more lucrative for the board".

It is unclear if the Twenty20s will remain part of the tour.??
Shape of things to come I'm afraid. SL are effectively retiring from test cricket were possible, particularly abroad. Those of you 'fortunate' enough to have paid the price to watch the recent series there may be able to tell your Grandchildren "you were there" before that game ceased to exist.
I hope not but its a very slippery slope.
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 08:59 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
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It's a pretty sad day when you hear this but it seems to be part of a worrying trend.

This announcement coupled with -

SL reducing the England test tour from 3 to 2 games.
England touring India last winter only playing ODIs despite the fact that we're touring there playing ODIs again in January.
The Aussies coming over here just for ODIs.

It's also a bit concerning that the West Indies are willing to get involved in this.

I hope to be proved wrong but unfortunately I can see a future where only England, Australia and South Africa play test cricket.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 09:55 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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MrPhelps Wrote:
It's a pretty sad day when you hear this but it seems to be part of a worrying trend.

This announcement coupled with -

SL reducing the England test tour from 3 to 2 games.
England touring India last winter only playing ODIs despite the fact that we're touring there playing ODIs again in January.
The Aussies coming over here just for ODIs.

It's also a bit concerning that the West Indies are willing to get involved in this.

I hope to be proved wrong but unfortunately I can see a future where only England, Australia and South Africa play test cricket.


Sri Lanka didn't reduce the England Test tour from 3 to 2 games. Our scheduled tour was to Zimbabwe, and was only for 2 Tests. The Zimbabwe tour didn't happen for political reasons, so SL stepped in and hosted us instead.

The ODIs v India were part of an agreement between the ECB and BCCI to play each other more often. That's also why our forthcoming tour of India has 4 Tests instead of the usual 3. India seem committed to Tests again now, and in fact I seem to remember reading somewhere that they actually have more Tests scheduled in the FTP than anyone else.

The real problem now is that with the big 4 playing each other more often, the other boards are being shut out. Against the bigger countries they can make money from Tests, but they normally make a loss playing them against other smaller countries. This effectively forces them to play more T20s and ODIs against each other to make up for having fewer lucrative series against the big 4, and it's Test cricket that loses out.
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 11:42 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
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Big Harvey Wrote:
Sri Lanka didn't reduce the England Test tour from 3 to 2 games. Our scheduled tour was to Zimbabwe, and was only for 2 Tests. The Zimbabwe tour didn't happen for political reasons, so SL stepped in and hosted us instead.


I'd forgotten that we were supposed to tour Zimbabwe so stand corrected on that one. I'm a bit confused though as the article referenced by Maidenover says -

"The change in the tour programme is also a continuation of the SLC's recent trend of culling Tests from Sri Lanka's schedule. Two tests against India in July became five ODIs and a Twenty20 and the three Tests scheduled for England in March became a two-Test series as the IPL approached."

EDIT: It's weird as apart from the quote on Cricinfo I can't find any other reference to the 3 test series.
Does this refer to the 2012 tour or a previous one?
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 13:24 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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As per, I think Harvey is right again. Only ever remember the series being touted as a 2 game. TBF I think the writer probably just wanted to provide evidence of the trend and got a little 'confused' over the facts.
The fact remains, its a worrying trend and there are fewer countries prepared to fight for their tests when the one day/T20 carrot is dangled.
H notes that India now seem to be back in the test 'fold'. Wish I could be as assured of that as I firmly believe India will do whatever suits India, and that may vary from one month to another. Sooner or later it ends up with everyone doing only what suits them and the FT program may be a casualty as the 'big 4' orchestrate money making tours only.
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MrPhelps
Post subject: Re: no test tour ...
PostPosted: 15:54 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 16:13 on 17th Jan 2011
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To be fair I should know better than to trust articles written in Cricinfo :?

I didn't include India in my original post as like Andy I have no idea what they're going to do next. I may be wrong (and my record in this thread is making that relatively likely) but didn't India want to play only 2 test matches and 7 ODIs last time England toured.

I guess if the smaller countries start to play exclusively ODI/T20 cricket against each other then the standards drop and it makes it less likely that the "big" countries will want to play Test Matches against them due to the games being too one sided.

It would be a pretty tragic spiral if that were to happen.
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