Brian Lara suggests end to test draws to revive crowds
Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara says having a winner in every test match could arrest dwindling crowd numbers.
The 47-year-old, who played 131 tests before retiring in 2007, praised the introduction of Twenty20 cricket and suggested a change in the long form of cricket of the game could have similar affects in tests in bolstering crowds.
"I played in a period when Test cricket was waning and the crowds were a bit smaller and I grew up in the 70s and 80s and lined up at five o'clock in the morning to watch a Test match with a packed house," Lara told BBC.
"T20 has brought a new spectator in."
The legendary batsman said he would like to see Test draws scrapped, adding a winner in each match could make the game more attractive to a younger audience.
"One of the complaints by an American is 'how can you play a game for five days and it ends in a draw?' I would like to maybe see results in every single test match," he told BBC.
"I know 70 per cent of the time the game takes its natural course and you get a result.
"Maybe find a way where you structure the game ... and come up with some formula that can bring a winner at the end of it."