Brad Hogg suggests having an Ashes and India-Pakistan Test series by scrapping Test Championship
Hogg suggested that the global pandemic has created a situation where cricket can be reborn.
Updated - May 6, 2020 6:15 pm
As the world is going through a lockdown, sports fans are starving for some real action. However, it is unclear when the situation will get okay for some cricket. Former Australian leg-spinner Brad Hogg suggested that India and Pakistan should play a Test series whenever cricket resumes, to ignite the spirits for the cricket fans.
Hogg suggested that the global pandemic has created a situation where cricket can be reborn. The former spinner said that fans haven’t got any cricket to watch for some time and it would be great that the boards use this period to ignite that interest of the sport across the world. He in fact went onto recommend scrapping the World Test Championship for a while.
Scrap this summer’s India against Australia: Brad Hogg
“The pandemic has opened the door for the ultimate cricket rebirth. Viewers have been starved and they want to see some competitive cricket, so scarp the World Test Championship for a while and get a couple of series that are really going to ignite the interest in cricket around the world,” said Hogg on his official YouTube channel.
Continuing on this point, Hoggy suggested that Australia and India series this summer should be canceled and instead the Ashes should be played. The former left-arm chinaman further said India meanwhile can play a four-match Test series Pakistan. The 49-year-old stated that two matches can be played in India while two can be played in Pakistan.
“Firstly scrap this summer’s India against Australia five-match series and have the Ashes played instead,” he said. “But where does that leave India? They will play Pakistan in a four-match Test series, with two matches in India and other two in Pakistan, over the Christmas period. We have not seen it for a while and the public is starving for it.”
The World Cup winner then justified why this idea would work. He discussed that it would bring two really good teams in front of each other and also there will be some great contests. He mentioned about Kohli being up against Babar Azam, a match-up that won’t be missed by any cricket fan.
“There are many reasons for it. Firstly, [Virat] Kohli and Babar Azam, who is the best out of those two? Well, that will be proven in this series,” he said. “Then you have got [Jasprit] Bumrah against [Shaheen Shah] Afridi, which means quality bowling attack and then the spinners, Ravichandran [Ashwin] versus [Yasir] Shah and it’s all in Asian conditions. Brilliant stuff, let’s have it!” he concluded.