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International Cricket Council set to approve Test championship, says report

The International Cricket Council wants Test cricket to be the pinnacle among all three formats of the game. India are the No. 1 Test team in the world

cricket Updated: Oct 09, 2017 12:03 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar presents Indian cricket captain the ICC Test Mace during the fourth Test match between India and Australia in Dharamsala on March 28, 2017. The ICC planning a Test championship over a two-year cycle.(BCCI)

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to approve plans for its long-awaited World Test Championship at a meeting in New Zealand this week, it was reported Monday. (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA)

The sport’s governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format’s popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty20 version of cricket.

But squabbling over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that plans for a nine-nation Test championship were now well advanced and the ICC was set to give the concept a green light on Friday at a meeting in Auckland.

Members of Indian cricket team pose with the winners trophy after their win over Sri Lanka in the third cricket Test match in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, August 14, 2017. India completed a 3-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka to retain their hold on the No. 1 ICC ranking. (AP)

TWO-YEAR CYCLE

It said the first edition of the competition would run over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019, culminating in a final between the top two teams at Lord’s.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the league competition would give Test series a broader international “context”, making them more than stand-alone bilateral contests.

“You’re also creating structure in such a way that you no longer have games without meaning. They are all part of a league championship,” he told the Herald.

OVERSHADOWED BY T20

Purists view Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport but it has struggled, particularly in Asia, as lucrative T20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League have caught the public’s imagination.

A recent innovation designed to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-friendly hours.

The idea of four-day Test matches has also been floated, although traditionalists oppose the move.

The Herald reported that the ICC will also look at a major shake-up of one-day international fixtures at the Auckland meeting.

Fans during the Indian Premier League between the Delhi Daredevils and the Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, on April 15, 2017. (BCCI)

ODI LEAGUE

It said a 13-nation ODI league was being considered, which would operate on a three-year cycle with results affecting World Cup qualification.

Under the plans, the number of ODIs in a series would be capped at three, ending the lengthy five-match series that are currently part of the international fixture list.