Taufel secondes Ganguly's belief, says the Day-Night Test is the future
KOLKATA: former international referee Simon Taufel He has endorsed India's decision to put aside his apprehensions and submit to the tests day and night, saying that high-performance sport is about taking educated risks to develop the cause and keep it running.
The modern high performance business is about exceeding the limits. It's about going to places where we haven't been before and taking educated risks. We take that based on research and what customers want, Taufel told IANS in an interview on Saturday.
The five-time ICC Referee of the Year is in town to launch his book titled Finding The Gaps.
We know that if we do nothing about test cricket, it is under threat. It faces some challenges. We could be doing much more to promote test cricket. We need to explore the pink ball in that regard, Taufel said.
Sometimes you have to try things to know if they work or not. Pink cricket is something that must be explored before taking it off the table, said the 48-year-old Australian, widely regarded as one of the best cricket referees.
Taufel was present when the first pink ball test was played in 2015 between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide.
It works in some countries and in some environments. In Adelaide, for example, it has been a great success. Attract people to try cricket that may not have arrived, he said.
India refused to play a D/N test in the same place in 2018 and since then it has not been very interested in the idea until the new elected president of BCCI Sourav Ganguly released for the need to play Cricket test under the lights to attract crowds.
India will face Bangladesh under lights in the second round of the two-game series from November 22 to 26 at Eden Gardens .
Taufel, who was the ICC Referee Training and Performance Manager until 2015, also endorsed the World Testing Championship, saying he has brought context and relevance to each game in the five-day format.
I don't expect it to be perfect as if nothing was in cricket or in life, Taufel said about the much discussed point system. But the important thing with the Test Championship is that we have context and relevance. Each game means something. We have to be playing for something, said Taufel, who has arbitrated in 74 tests between 2000 and 2012 in a race that overlapped with the first use of DRS in a test, in 2008.
When asked about the decline in crowds in Test Cricket, he said: The quality of television coverage is fantastic these days. People do not want to come to the stands. Possibly one of the ways (to revive Test Cricket) is the pink ball. These days they work hard and don't have time to watch sports. They need to be attracted in some way.
On whether the quality of the equipment has decreased, he stressed the need to have a good internal structure in all countries.
It is important to work in the nursery. We are seeing more leagues and the game expands very quickly. That is putting pressure on all concerned, as it is growing so fast. We have to make sure we have a strong domestic cricket on all the boards of directors and all the associates, so we will have good quality.
Speaking about his book, Taufel said that the first chapter talks about the most difficult decision he had to make and that he is not in the field of cricket.
I have made the most difficult call I have had to make as the first chapter. I'm not talking about an LBW decision or a trapped person, I'm talking about the phone call I had to make after Lahore's terrorist attack in 2009 to my wife, said Taufel who, along with his fellow referee Steve Davis He was involved in the 2009 terrorist attack of the Sri Lankan bus while heading to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for the second Test against Pakistan.
To let you know that unfortunately something serious had happened and that people had died in our vehicle and that it was fine. That there was no need to worry, he added.