Lara urges ICC to swap ‘mundane’ Test program for ‘dedicated’ championship league

Sydney: Caribbean great Brian Lara has urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to swap the dull future tours Test program for a dedicated championship league to revive the purest form of the game.

The ICC had contemplated a championship-style series but last year ruled out any such move until at least 2017, which Lara warned could be too late.

“It`s important that there is some league. That mundane exercise of Test series after Test series, I believe the time for that has gone,” quoted Lara, as saying.

“Obviously the Ashes is something of great importance, but I believe in a holistic look at Test cricket - if the ICC creates a league, the interest will come back. Some teams are playing more Test matches because of TV rights and money. Some teams don`t want to play other teams,” he added.

“I believe there should be some equality in it, to bring some sanity to the game. It`s just meandering along, and that could be the big thing that could cause the game to lose its fans,” he said.