Helping Test cricket - suggestions from readers invited readers to give us ideas to make Test cricket spicier. Here are a selected few.

updated: April 10, 2008 14:04 IST
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New Delhi:'s comment piece - Ideas to spice up Test cricket - had readers sending in their suggestions.

Some radical propositions were made. But most felt that making Test cricket a limited overs game would save it from dull draws.

Bharat Mohanty feels the first innings of both sides should be limited to a maximum of 120 overs each. That number for the third and fourth innings would be 105. The team with more runs wins, and there will be no draws.

Hariharan said we should have four-day Tests, with each innings limited to 80 overs.

Rajkumar thinks we should do away with the four-innings format. "Three-day games with one innings per team will make it interesting."

Extreme, because Test cricket is loved for its ebbs and flows and shifts of momentum between the long course of the four innings.

Suraj takes it to another level: "Stop the lbw thing and instead ... put fourth stump so that more excitement can be generated."

Sure Suraj. But then, how would we distinguish Test cricket from underarm tournaments in Nagpur? had said that tosses should be eliminated and the visiting team should be called to decide who bats.

Radheya Mortha doesn't agree. "We can have a toss for the first Test of a series. For the second Test, the team which had lost the toss ... can be asked to decide who bats first," Radheya said.

Mukesh Goyal has a suggestion to inject life into dead periods in Test matches.

"Any maiden over should reduce the extras by one run. If the result is in minus, it should reduce the total score of the team," he said.

Anish Rajan thinks the bouncer rule is correct. "More bouncers (per over) will irritate batsmen and the match will not be interesting as the number of dot ball increases."

But Anish, what about bowlers being irritated by batsmen who keep hitting them out of the ground?

Then there's Vinod, who felt that Test cricket needs no modification to survive these winds of change. "People who understand cricket will enjoy Tests in its present form. I definitely do not think that there is any need to tamper with the format," he says.

And to wrap up the talk, we also had Srinivasan, who went on the front foot and slogged the debate high over mid-wicket for six with this quip: "How about banning the game and let our country progress for a change? Quite a radical idea, isn't it?"

Touche, sir. We hope you never run for public office.