Mumbai: Desperate to play more Tests, the Indian cricket board on May 5 has requested Cricket Australia (CA) to replaced its scheduled seven one-day matches in India in October with two Tests and three one-dayers.
CA claims it has no indication why India wants to change the schedule and will not speculate. However, there is no doubt that India becoming the leading Test nation is central to the BCCI’s motivation.
India played just six Tests last year and the four it has completed this year are all that are scheduled until after next year’s World Cup in March.
Playing so few Tests leaves India vulnerable of losing the top ranking with the top of the Test table so tightly packed. India is on 124 points, South Africa on 120 and Australia on 119.
India is only the third team after Australia and South Africa to go atop the ladder since the Test Championship was introduced in May 2001. Australia has been number one for most of that time.