Graeme Swann has told talkSPORT that he doesn’t want to see the introduction of a Test World Championship – particularly if it signalled the end of The Ashes.
The idea has been mooted to boost Test cricket in parts of the world where it is not well supported, but the England spin star doesn’t believe it would work.
Swann told the Marstn’s Cricket Show: “I don’t think it’s a great idea. The way it is at the minute, with ICC standings, means every game we play has importance because we want to be number one in the world, and that’s as good as a Test championship.
“You’ve got to have teams winning games and winning series with the aim of eventually being the world number one.”
The potential introduction of a Test World Championship could put at risk iconic series like The Ashes, and Swann insists that would be disastrous.
“I think it would be to the detriment of Test cricket if we lost the Ashes, or lost any of the major series like that, because they’re the heart and soul of world cricket,” he added.
“I’d be very unhappy if the Ashes went out of the window just to boost the crowds in a lesser series elsewhere in the world.
“Test cricket in England gets fantastic crowds, while in the rest of the world it doesn’t unless England are playing there. But I don’t think it would improve the standard or the crowds.
“I think the ICC world rankings are as good as a championship. If you’re number one in the world it’s as if you’ve won the championship. And you’ve got to keep winning games to stay there. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that system.”