The future format of international cricket is set to change with the International Cricket Council’s Chief Executives Committee proposing much-awaited radical changes to the Test and One-day International game and therefore, the Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2012-2020.
The CEC, which met in Cape Town over Monday and Tuesday, gave the go ahead to recommendations that included reducing the all important one-day cricket World Cup to a 10-team event from 2015 — a major change that will keep only the world’s top teams compete for the coveted title.
The CEC’s go ahead now means that once the ICC Board approve these changes, they will be through. The broad recommendations are:
The FTP should consist of a Test league, which will then determine the top four teams to qualify for an ICC Test play-off,
The play-off should be held once every four years to determine the Test champion team. The first play-off could happen as early as in 2013,
The FTP should also have a One-Day International league, the first to run from April 2011 to April 2014, culminating in the crowning of an ODI league champion,
This would run separate to the World Cup,
The World Cup could become a 10-team format from 2015, if the Board approves,
The World Twenty20 could possibly become 16-team event from 2012,
The introduction of Twenty20 International rankings table as soon as this is justifiable.