It appears that BCCI and Indian Cricket Team have decided to play test cricket on flat pitches.
Indian test wickets in the past have crumbled easily but the pitch at Pune is getting flatter and during 4th and 5th day the wicket will start to crumble.
Is this a strategy by BCCI to bring test cricket alive in India? If so, I believe it is having a positive result.
The fans have increased attendance and the game going into 5 days is helping to restore test cricket in India.
Like India have been the pioneers of T20 cricket I think producing flatters pitches are a good idea;
1. Means the Indian fans and fans globally get to see their best players bat for longer period of time
2. Test cricket going into 5 days in India will help test cricket to grow viewership worldwide
3. Does India want to be the market leaders of all forms of cricket?
Since the ashes series England and Australia have been attracting world audiences especially with the heroics of Ben Stokes at Headingley.
I think India soon realised they must produce flatter pitches and make the game go into 5 days so India can attract new fans worldwide into test cricket.
India want to be the market leaders of all forms of cricket and they want fans worldwide to watch India first.