ICC proposes drastic changes to international cricket

Plans to be sent to board in next round of meetings in April


Sports Desk February 03, 2017
PHOTO: AFP

In an interesting development, something that will most certainly get cricket fans excited, the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Executives Committee (CEC) has agreed on models to give more context to all three formats of the game.

During the ICC meeting, currently ongoing in Dubai, the CEC — which was tasked with coming up with plans to give meaning to every international match played — has agreed on proposals to have a two-year Test league, a 13-team ODI league and a regional qualification process for the World T20.

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The proposals would be forwarded to the ICC Board in the next round of meetings in April and could see these proposals implemented as early as 2019.

According to the proposal, the two-year Test league will comprise of a 9-3 format where the top nine Test-playing nations in the world will compete for the top prize and will be joined by the bottom-ranked teams, most likely Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan.

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Meanwhile, the three-year 13-team ODI league would also serve as a qualification round for the 50-over World Cup.

COMMENTS (1)

Yul47 London | 4 years ago | Reply Unless Test Cricket is reduced to a 3 day event, each side playing one inning rather than an outdated game spread over 5 days. In order to entertain both the spectators and people viewing at home, there should be field restrictions throughout the game and boundarie should be shortened. If test cricket is to survive, the ICC will have to make this form of game entertaining to watch.
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