Sachin Tendulkar's historic 50th hundred, the fight for the number one spot between India and South Africa and the "enthralling" Ashes series show that Test cricket remains the pinnacle of the game, says ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat.
"These are iconic series which clearly capture the imagination and interest of cricket lovers across the world. Everyone is talking Test cricket and the demand for tickets, particularly in Melbourne, it is very impressive," Lorgat said of the ongoing Ashes series which is locked at 1-1 after three Tests.
"I was fortunate to be in Adelaide a few weeks ago when they recorded their biggest attendance since the Bodyline series in 1932-33. Cricket Australia is now expecting crowds of more than 90,000 to watch the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. In South Africa I am delighted to hear so many people excited and following the respective Test series.
"It is pleasing to note the keen and growing interest at a time when we are formulating a Test League that will produce a Test champion every four years. Imagine the interest and contest that would unfold as teams vie for a top four place to qualify for the play-offs," he added.
Lorgat paid tribute to the cricketers who achieved personal milestones through the year, including Tendulkar. "Throughout the year we have seen some astonishing individual performances from players such as Muttiah Muralitharan claiming his 800th Test wicket, Chris Gayle's triple-hundred and Jacques Kallis's maiden double-century, and also some extremely thrilling Test matches.
"Only Test cricket can produce a true test of courage, endurance and skill, the see-saw rivalry in the Ashes, Tendulkar's personal milestones and legends of the game. Test match cricket will always remain the pinnacle of the international game," he said.