Former Indian left-hander Zacher Chan has backed Virat Kohli's idea of having "strong" testing centers across the country to bring more fans to the stadium.
However, Zacher thinks the five, as Kochly beat them, are too small given the size of India and therefore more such places could be considered hosts to a test match.
"(Strong test centers) make things easier. In theory, it sounds good. But perhaps in general, the number can be debated. I feel like five are too small in terms of the size of the country, "Zacher told IANS on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
"I also agree with that process of thinking where you are dedicated test centers are the criteria that are fulfilled given what is best for the test centers," he added.
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Test cricket is still popular in India, but somehow it does not manifest itself in the number of people appearing to watch the stadium game. The series against South Africa, which India beat 3-0, did not see much success from the fans, forcing Kohli to root for strong five Test centers across the country.
However, Zacher believes the format of the test remains cricketing and will not be affected by the coming and growing popularity of shorter versions of the game.
"As I said before, I do not think that the test cricket faces any problem with the arrival of shorter game formats. Test cricket is the highest and purest form of cricket and has lasted for centuries. Every cricket wants to enjoy cricket and the test matches are the highest level where players have to prove a lot, "said the 41-year-old.
"I think going into the future, you will see a lot of tri-series and quadrilateral series in the ODI and T20 formats that need to be the way forward to keep the game more interesting to fans," he added.
"The night test day is a method for trying to make black ball cricket more interesting," said Zacher, a 92-test veteran, when asked about the pink-ball test between India and Bangladesh to be played in the Single Gardens on November 22.
The former left-handed pawner also said he had high hopes of current BHI president Surav Ganguly to bring Indian cricket forward.
"We all have a lot of hope from Surav Ganguly. He did a great job leading the Indian team. Since then, he has not lost contact with cricket and has been passionately working to grow the game. He did a great job with CAB.
"Now he is president of the BCI and I'm sure he will do a great job of moving Indian cricket," he added.