Sangakkara questions ICC Test rankings

GALLE: Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankas captain, has questioned the way the ICC Test rankings work. He was responding to a query whether the players take seriously a system that has India at No. 1 despite not having won a series in Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka since 1993, and whether that system needs a change.

You should have asked that question of Haroon [Lorgat, ICCs CEO], who was here a while ago, Sangakkara said. If rankings cant be understood by the public, the players, or the administrators, whats the use of having rankings? If you want rankings, they should count towards playing a Test championship.

Rankings need to be fairly done. A fair FTP is the first step towards having proper rankings. Once every two years each side should play each other at least once, home or away. Thats how you get a fair deal when it comes to Test cricket.

Sri Lanka themselves were ranked No. 2 last year without having won a Test in India, Australia and South Africa, a spot they lost after their loss to India in India. About his own sides dismal record in the three countries ranked higher than them, Sangakkara said, I dont think we have played enough Test cricket away. Two Test matches here, two Test matches there. I think thats not good. We need to play Tests regularly.

We have a very good balanced attack, pace and spin. From 2006 to 2009 we have done well. We have won in New Zealand, in England, and in Pakistan. South Africa, Australia and India are the three places that we need to win. We need to play often in those places.