Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

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  1. chandtara
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    ICC set to approve long awaited 'World Test Championship': report

    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 on Monday.

    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 the game.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1362680/icc-set-to-approve-long-awaited-world-test-championship-report
     
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    ‘Changes to Tests must be in line with new structure’

    LONDON: Any changes to Test cricket must be in line with in with the sport’s new global structure, the head of the international cricket players union (FICA) Tony Irish has said.

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet in Auckland this week, where announcements on separate league structures for Tests and 50-over cricket are expected to be made.

    Irish, the chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations urged stakeholders of the game not to look at ad hoc solutions to Test cricket.

    “Any proposed change needs to fit into whatever the new overall global structure is going to be,” he said in quotes published by the Telegraph newspaper. “If one looks at the concept in isolation... then it’s pretty obvious that traditionalists, which includes many players who consider Test cricket as the pinnacle of the game, are not going to be in favour of a change to four days.”

    Test matches have witnessed a decline in attendances in recent years, throwing the door open to a number of means to engage fans, including the introduction of day-night Tests.

    South Africa announced plans to play Zimbabwe in the first four-day Test starting on Boxing Day in Port Elizabeth, as part of their home summer calendar for the 2017-18 season. Cricket South Africa (CSA) are awaiting approval for the four-day, day/night fixture, which would also be their first home ‘pink ball’ Test.

    However, Irish was concerned that countries trialing four-day Tests on a random basis may lead to confusion and uncertainty around the format.

    “If the ICC for example is coming up with a new league structure for Test cricket then how does playing four-day Tests fit into that and what are the advantages and disadvantages of four days, as opposed to five days, in that structure,” he added.

    “If there are not significant advantages in making the structure and schedule better then why change?

    “If there are significant advantages then these need to be understood before decisions are simply made to change the format.”

    Published in Dawn, October 12th, 2017
     
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    Something is better than nothing. Atleast there's some context to fixtures now.

    Ideal would be to ensure that each team plays the other in home/away formats over a period of 3 years. But geopolitical issues won't ensure that it would happen.
     
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    ICC approved the leagues but what kind of leagues will be these? No equal number of matches and all opponents not playing against each other. I think it will be a big failure until ICC draws proper plan for it and make sure every team involved play equal number of matches against each other.


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    Read somewhere that the weight will be as per the series result as well as the number of matches won. A little bit of tinkering giving more importance to the series result will probably ensure that the unequal number of test matches being played between the two sides will not be that much of a factor.

    These are still bilateral series and the ICC cannot intervene in bilateral arrangements between the two boards. For example, ICC involvement in Ashes would not be appreciated by the boards of Aus, Eng. What ICC can do is attempt to provide a context wherein the number 1 team can be decided. It's up to the Individual boards to arrange series for themselves as before.

    What this would help is that the likes of Bangladesh & NZ who play less test cricket are probably mandated to play more. Not perfect but I'd take it considering it's still a better way than the alternative.

    Add in a relegation play-off battle between the bottom finisher against the likes of Ire/Afg and that's sorted.
     
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    Test, ODI leagues approved by ICC Board

    A genuine Test match world championship and an ODI league will be introduced to international cricket after both were given in-principle agreement by the ICC Board on the final day of the governing body's meeting in Auckland.

    While some details remain to be fleshed out, including the points system and the full week-by-week Future Tours Programme, the first two-year Test championship comprising the game's top-nine teams will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with the top two teams by April 2021 to play off in a championship final.

    Each competing country will play in six series over that time, three at home and three away, with all series being of a minimum two matches' duration but able to be expanded to as many as five to cater for encounters such as the Ashes.

    The first ODI league, featuring the game's top 13 limited-overs nations, will commence in 2020-21, running for two years leading into the 2023 World Cup, before converting to a three-year league in each cycle beyond that. The 13th place in the ODI league will be taken by the winner of the ongoing ICC World Cricket League Championship. Each competing team will play in eight series over that time, each one being played over three matches. The days of lengthier ODI series appears to be over.

    Shashank Manohar, the ICC chairman, said that member countries had moved with the times by accepting the need for greater context for international cricket, responding to the demands of broadcasters, sponsors and fans. "I would like to congratulate our members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first," he said. "Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.

    "This means fans around the world can enjoy international cricket knowing every game counts and in the case of the ODI league, it counts towards qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup."

    While all Test championship matches will be played over five days, the ICC Board also approved the trial of four-day Tests in bilateral series up until 2019, following South Africa's request to play a match over that distance against Zimbabwe during their forthcoming home season. A set of playing conditions for four-day Tests is set to be drawn up by ICC management in coming weeks.

    "Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format," the ICC chief executive David Richardson said. "However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket.

    "The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by members. Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top-nine ranked teams."

    "This is a significant point in time for ICC members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game. The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms."

    Numerous questions remain about how the new league structures will unfold, particularly around the fraught issue of bilateral cricket ties between India and Pakistan.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/
     
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    India and Pakistan have to play in the Test Championship: Waqar Younis

    The former Pakistan cricketer Waqar Younis believes that the arch-rivals India and Pakistan need to play against each other in the ICC Test Championship. Due to the political tension between both the countries, the cricket teams avoid to play bilateral series and face off only during the ICC World events. They last played against each other in 2012 when Pakistan toured the country for ODI and T20I series and won the former.

    Earlier this week, soon after their board meeting in Auckland, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced their plan to launch a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league in order to bring context and meaning to bilateral cricket. However, ICC assured Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that they will work out how both teams would fare during the championship. But as of now, it seems unlikely that the bilateral ties between the two would resume any time soon.

    Younis praises the idea of Test Championship
    Waqar Younis has praised the introduction of Test Championship and hoped that India-Pakistan play against each other in it which will also help to improve the relationship between the countries. “Test Championship is a good idea. They have to probably think hard how to go about it because with Pakistan not playing India, that is not going to the help the whole thing. If these two countries play each other it will not only help the Test Championship but also help the relations between the two countries,” he told Gulf News.

    “You cannot really call this a Test championship if the top two teams are not playing against each other. How can you consider the others as champions or as No. 1 and No. 2 without these two teams not playing against each other as they are the two top teams. If India want to play Pakistan, they can even play them in England or in Australia. It doesn’t matter where you play though the UAE is home for Pakistan,” he continued.

    The legendary cricketer also suggested ICC to introduce points system in the new format in order to find out the top two teams in the World. “If ICC can bring everyone on board and play each other, people will get interested. There should be a point system where teams can go up and down over two years and then you will know exactly which team is the best,” Younis concluded.

    https://www.crictracker.com/india-pakistan-play-test-championship-waqar-younis/
     

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