Waqar Younis trolled on Twitter after suggesting T10 format for Test cricket
Waqar Younis’ suggestion to mix T10 format with Test cricket didn’t go down well with purists.cricket Updated: Dec 20, 2017 11:44 IST
Former Pakistan cricket team captain Waqar Younis found himself at the receiving end of a lot of criticism on social media after he proposed a 10-over innings format for Tests on Monday. In his post on Twitter, the legendary fast bowler said that Test matches can be split in two innings of 10 overs each with leads, trails and follow-ons.
Waqar Younis’ proposal came on the back of the success of the inaugural T10 League in Sharjah, and he said that combining this new format with the old would bring the much needed innovation and change to the game.
“To feed my love of Test cricket and to build on this T10 initiative, how about T10 matches in Test format? Two innings, 10 overs each with leads/trails, follow on, etc. Innovation & change is the only way forward in this world. Thoughts?” he wrote in his tweet.
To feed my love of Test cricket and to build on this T10 initiative, how about T10 matches in Test format? Two innings, 10 overs each with leads/trails, follow on, etc. Innovation & change is the only way forward in this world. Thoughts?— waqar younis (@waqyounis99) December 18, 2017
Waqar Younis’ suggestion, though, did not go down well with a number of cricket lovers who minced no words in showing their disapproval to the proposed idea. Some even resorted to the use of memes to troll the Pakistan legend.
Lets please don’t destroy the charm of T20 format. This T10 is not what cricket is all about, we have to discourage it.— Iftikhar Ud Din (@imIftikharKtk) December 19, 2017
You should sleep ... Looks like you been awake for too long ..— Masroor Hamdani (@Masroor_Hamdani) December 18, 2017
Test cricket has its beauty. Any change in test cricket format will take away the shine of it. Look at ashes or any INTL test match it's just amazing. Come up with something new please don't make any unnecessary changes. Thank you!!— Touseef - Just me @@ (@touseef_bouyant) December 19, 2017
Rubbish. I think losses after losses as coach you have lost your mind. Let cricket remain as cricket. Don't make it a circus.— Naveed (@Naveed654) December 18, 2017
Notably, it is not the first time that such suggestions have been made. In fact, Waqar’s proposed format has already been tried in the United States. According to Geo.tv, eight teams participated in the “USA 2X Cricket Cup” where a match consisted of four innings of 10-over each. The team batting second had to score 50 percent of the score set by the team that batted first to avoid follow-on, the website reported.