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Gower bats for CT, not for Test Championship
Birmingham, June 24, 2013
First Published: 00:45 IST(24/6/2013)
Last Updated: 11:41 IST(24/6/2013)

Former England captain David Gower has called on the International Cricket Council to scrap plans for replacing the Champions Trophy one-day tournament with a World Test Championship.

Gower, however, wants the Champions Trophy preserved.

“Whatever the result today, I will be sorry to see the Champions Trophy disappear,” Gower wrote in Sunday Times.

“It has become my favourite 50-over competition because it is succinct, high intensity and not nearly as drawn out as the official showpiece, the World Cup. “If we were in the middle of a World Cup now, we would not be contemplating the final but looking at an eternal stretch of early group matches still to be played.

Gower was unpersuaded by the merits of a World Test Championship. “I am not convinced by the plans for a World Test Championship.

“I have no problem with a Test league table and a structure that adds relevance to each and every Test and each and every series but I would prefer to leave it at that,” explained Gower. “I don't see a system of semi-finals and final working to decide the Test championship. It grates as far as I am concerned and leaves the result in the hands of too many variables, with home advantages, pitches and the weather.”

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