ICC moots two-division Tests and ODI League that could lead to large shake-up

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London, United KingdomOne of a biggest shake-ups in cricket story could take place when a sport’s tellurian ruling physique convenes in Edinburgh on Monday.

Radical skeleton for a origination of dual groups in Test cricket and a one-day general joining will be on a agenda of a International Cricket Council’s week-long annual assembly in a Scottish capital.

Since Australia and England played a initial Test in 1877, general matches have mostly been matters for a dual countries endangered and a same has generally been loyal of ODIs outward of tournaments such as a World Cup.

The ICC has introduced weighted Test rankings though a difficult regulation has unsuccessful to constraint a imagination of cricket fans and a wider sporting public.

Dave Richardson. ReutersDave Richardson. Reuters

Dave Richardson. Reuters

With many tip players increasingly tempted by offers to play in domestic Twenty20 events such as a Indian Premier League, where they can acquire some-more income in reduction time than by personification Tests, officials are penetrating to give a long-format diversion larger “context”.

This, they believe, would make it some-more appealing to broadcasters and so assistance beget larger revenues.

‘Meaningful cricket’

“We are looking during foe structures opposite all 3 formats (Tests, ODIs and Twenty20),” ICC arch executive told AFP during a launch of a 2017 Champions Trophy progressing this month.

“We wish to find ways of personification somewhat reduction cricket though some-more suggestive cricket.”

Richardson is behind a intrigue that would see a origination of 7 teams in Division One and five, including dual new Test nations, in Division Two.

They would play in a joining complement where there was graduation and relegation.

Each group in a tip tier would play any other side home or divided in a two-year cycle.

Matches and array would any be given a set array of points — a accurate total are still to be motionless — to establish a standings.

At a finish of a cycle, a bottom group would be relegated, with a group on tip a new universe Test champions.

Series such as a Ashes could still take place even if England and Australia were in opposite divisions, as countries would be authorised to news additional matches.

Similar considerations are behind skeleton to deliver a 13-team ODI joining which, as with a new Test structure would start in 2019.

The set-up could also see countries such as Ireland, prolonged a heading AssociateICC nation, finally get a moment during Test cricket.

Under a revised arrangements a 50-over Champions Trophy would be scrapped as a new league, that could act as a qualifier for a World Cup, would give ODIs all a ‘context’ they needed.

There are also proposals for a renouned World Twenty20, won in Apr by a West Indies when they kick England in a stirring last-over finish in Kolkata, to return to being staged once any dual years.

According to a news by a ESPN Cricinfo website, this could lift an additional $400-500 million in any eight-year cycle.

Such supports could assistance stake Test cricket, that can now struggles to attract spectators outward of vital array such as a Ashes.

It is maybe no fluke that skeleton for a restructuring of Test cricket have gained larger procedure while Shashank Manohar has been ICC chairman.

Two years ago, a ICC was restructured so that a sport’s 3 biggest nations — Australia, England and India — were given an even larger hold on a game’s finances and levers of power.

Indeed a new set-up meant a ‘Big Three’ had some-more ICC income than a other 102 members combined.

However, ever given Manohar transposed Narayanaswami Srinivasan as boss of a Board of Control for Cricket in India and authority of a ICC final year, there has been an unravelling of a ‘Big Three’ scheme.

Manohar insisted a ICC authority be independent, rather than also portion as a inhabitant representative, and quit his BCCI post.

“I don’t determine with a 3 vital countries’ bullying a ICC,” he pronounced in November.

“You can't make a bad poorer and a abounding richer, usually since we have a clout. The ICC runs cricket via a world.”

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