Former South African skipper Graeme Smith has suggested that the Test rankings should be based on performances away from home. Former Indian opener-turned-commentator Akash Chopra seconded the opinion by saying the issue should be looked closely considering the era of home dominance in Test cricket.
Last week, India leapfrogged Pakistan into the Number one position in Test cricket by winning the home Test series against the Blackcaps quite convincingly. India was also awarded the ICC Championship mace at the end of the series. - The
After players like Sourav Ganguly expressed their amusement at how Pakistan could go on to the top just by levelling the series 2-2 against England, former South African skipper Graeme Smith has expressed a contrary opinion – the southpaw has said that Test rankings should be based on the away record of a team.
With the rankings so tight, maybe the number 1 ranking should be based on the best away record? https://t.co/zm9CKXjqo3— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) October 12, 2016
Cricketer-turned-commentator Akash Chopra seconded Smith’s opinion by tweeting,
@GraemeSmith49 Something worth pondering over....considering this era of home dominance.— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 12, 2016
The last one decade or so has become a nightmare for the touring Test teams. While India lost the series to Australia and England in the subcontinent, they whitewashed the Kangaroos a year after. South Africa escaped a similar whitewash by a whisker thanks to a rain-marred game last year in their tour to India, while New Zealand