ICC news April 17, 2012

No Champions Trophy after 2013

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The 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, to be held in England, will be the last time the tournament is played as the ICC moves towards having one championship for each of the game's three formats from 2015. The tournament is part of the Future Tours Program in 2013 but does not appear after that, with the play-offs for the World Test Championship scheduled for June 2017.

"If you don't see it in the schedule, it means it is not planned for the future," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, said at a press conference following the executive board meeting on Monday. "We have said for a while that we would like one championship event for each format. We are including the Test championship in there. We have the World Cup to have the champion for 50-overs cricket. So we are not planning to hold Champions Trophy in the future."

The World Test Championship was initially scheduled for 2013, but had to be postponed due to the ICC's commitments to its broadcaster and sponsors. The ICC's broadcast partner is ESPN STAR Sports*, with whom they have a contract till 2015. The ICC had initially hoped to convince all interested parties to switch the Champions Trophy, the ICC's second-biggest 50-over tournament, to play-offs between the top four Test teams as per the ICC Test rankings.

However, after the ICC's executive board meeting in October, 2011, it released a statement saying there would be significant commercial challenges in replacing the Champions Trophy without the support and consent of the ICC's broadcast partner. Changing the tournament's format from ODIs to Test play-offs would have required a substantial cut in the broadcast rights fee, which would have repercussions on the Members.

Inaugurated as the ICC Knock Out tournament in 1998, the Champions Trophy was played every two years until 2009, switching to a round-robin format in 2002. Originally, all ten Full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC) took part, together with (for the first four competitions) two Associate members. The 2013 event in England will feature the eight highest-ranked ODI teams calculated six months before the tournament.

*ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.), the parent company of ESPNcricinfo, and News Corporation Limited (STAR)

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY IndiaNeedsBowlers on | April 20, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I have a proposaL for Test Championship, making it yearly event. Here goes. Select the TOP 4 teams by April 1st ICC rankings. Pick up the prime cricketing seasons for these countries, and then schedule 3 matches in each country in that time against each of the teams in Top 4. For example say ENG, AUS, SA and IND make it to TOP 4. Then schedule 3 matches in Eng, in July - Aug time frame thier cricketing season (END vs AUS, END vs SA, ENG vs IND). This is equivalent to ENG playing a 3 match test series against any visting nation so no loss of revenue for home board and also they get full home advantage by playing 3 games in continuation. Next in November - Dec have matches in SA, then Dec - Jan have matches in AUS and finally in Feb - March have the matches in IND. The team having most wins (top of points table) is declared the Champion. Team coming 4th is relegated, and 1 team from 5-8 group playing a similar playof is inducted in top league next year.

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | April 20, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    The Champions Trophy was shorter and quicker, it gave teams like WI a chance to prove that they could beat the best on their day. Meaningless bilateral series could've had matches reduced instead. Tired of watching Ind vs SL. CT is sort of a carnival and the top 16 cricketing nations could've had a crack at the cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    ICC has gone mad they should ban cricket in world

  • POSTED BY OzHorse on | April 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Remove the ridiculous and made-only-for-money T20 Champions League! All it does it takes the world's cricket mercenaries and give them more senseless needless games to make money. This would be fine except that its at the expense of proper meaningful cricket like the Test series Aus v SA last year. Unjustifiably this was a 2 Test series when it should have been 3.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @sportofpain - I think it depends on the format. If it is a Championship played over 4 years, then the team who finished FIRST should get home advantage, although the 2 home & 1 away that you say is nice in theory, but I think would be cost prohibitive). If it is say a top 4 playing in One country, it could be neutral, or just like how a W/Cup has to be played SOMEWHERE! Hopefully the ICC will get it right!!!!! BTW - I agree 100% regarding the IPL & WI cricket. The only problem I see is the inherant bitterness between the WIPA v WICB! Good scheduling may avoid conflict of interests - but if cricket is at all like other sports, the career prospects via the IPL SHOULD increase the standard of athletes who choose to play cricket (theory anyway)!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @Meety: The final should be played on a home and away basis - best of three matches. If it is Australia V India - 2 tests in one country and one in the other so for example Sydney, Chennai and Melbourne or Chennai, Sydney/Melbourne and Mumbai with the two matches going to the side that is on top of the table

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @JG2704 - just one more thing on the Test Championship, whilst I understand the innaugral championship would have to be held in England, with odds on the Final being at Lords. I feel (biased?) that the Test Championship should be held in Oz, as we have the most sporting pitches in terms of variety. Either way, I feel that anywhere a Test Championship Final is played, the ICC should takeover the handling of Pitch Preparations to avoid potential unsporting incidents. Could you imagine the outcry if the innaugral Test Final was played at Lords between say India & England & the teams arrive to find a pitch as green as the outfield!! (btw - not saying that would happen deliberately)Cricinfo servers would melt from a torrent of abuse from a billion ticked of Indian supporters. However, if the ICC oversaw the preparations, a lot of the heat would be taken off. I understand their would be nuances with every pitch, they can have the local curators as consultants.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael - regarding the Ireland Thread about them getting more matches - I was actually joking regarding the 7nil scoreline, however the joke fell flat as I forgot the England bilateral series coming up is only 5 matches - not SEVEN! Doh, LOL! re: Triseries v Bilaterals, Oz regularly held Tri-series with a weak 3rd team thru out the 80s & 90s. I think it can work, just needs some commitment from the ICC & the big boys of cricket. It wouldn't be impossible for Ireland to knock Oz or Eng off, particularly if they are at full strength. I think the reason why the Tri-series was ditched, as much as I assume you were joking about sour grapes, was about the beancounters trying a new formulae.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @HatsforBats - YESSSSSS!!!!! Now the question is, SLOW or QUICK??????? LOL!! The only negative I see out of this, is that it gives the ICC a reason to make the W/Cup more exclusive, at the possible expense of the Netherlands, Ireland & Afghanistan. They have increased the size of the 2014 T20 W/Cup to 16 teams, which is GREAT news, but I hope they don't revert to a 10 team W/Cup by 2019!!!!! @AdrianVanDenStael - you may be right but the last back down was due to having to commit to the Champions Trophy. Now that it can RIP, we have openings in the FTP & no TV Rights/commitments (hopefully). @JG2704 - in regards "Timeless" Tests, I would like to see that for the Final only. Probably no need other than to insure against bad weather.I totally disagree though regarding the Champ Trophy, waste of time, should only be the top 4 teams if ever resurrected.

  • POSTED BY rkp1603 on | April 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Mr. JustIPL they r tokin about champions TROPHY not champions league...

  • POSTED BY IndiaNeedsBowlers on | April 20, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    I have a proposaL for Test Championship, making it yearly event. Here goes. Select the TOP 4 teams by April 1st ICC rankings. Pick up the prime cricketing seasons for these countries, and then schedule 3 matches in each country in that time against each of the teams in Top 4. For example say ENG, AUS, SA and IND make it to TOP 4. Then schedule 3 matches in Eng, in July - Aug time frame thier cricketing season (END vs AUS, END vs SA, ENG vs IND). This is equivalent to ENG playing a 3 match test series against any visting nation so no loss of revenue for home board and also they get full home advantage by playing 3 games in continuation. Next in November - Dec have matches in SA, then Dec - Jan have matches in AUS and finally in Feb - March have the matches in IND. The team having most wins (top of points table) is declared the Champion. Team coming 4th is relegated, and 1 team from 5-8 group playing a similar playof is inducted in top league next year.

  • POSTED BY Vivian_Richard on | April 20, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    The Champions Trophy was shorter and quicker, it gave teams like WI a chance to prove that they could beat the best on their day. Meaningless bilateral series could've had matches reduced instead. Tired of watching Ind vs SL. CT is sort of a carnival and the top 16 cricketing nations could've had a crack at the cup.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    ICC has gone mad they should ban cricket in world

  • POSTED BY OzHorse on | April 19, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Remove the ridiculous and made-only-for-money T20 Champions League! All it does it takes the world's cricket mercenaries and give them more senseless needless games to make money. This would be fine except that its at the expense of proper meaningful cricket like the Test series Aus v SA last year. Unjustifiably this was a 2 Test series when it should have been 3.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @sportofpain - I think it depends on the format. If it is a Championship played over 4 years, then the team who finished FIRST should get home advantage, although the 2 home & 1 away that you say is nice in theory, but I think would be cost prohibitive). If it is say a top 4 playing in One country, it could be neutral, or just like how a W/Cup has to be played SOMEWHERE! Hopefully the ICC will get it right!!!!! BTW - I agree 100% regarding the IPL & WI cricket. The only problem I see is the inherant bitterness between the WIPA v WICB! Good scheduling may avoid conflict of interests - but if cricket is at all like other sports, the career prospects via the IPL SHOULD increase the standard of athletes who choose to play cricket (theory anyway)!!!!!

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 19, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    @Meety: The final should be played on a home and away basis - best of three matches. If it is Australia V India - 2 tests in one country and one in the other so for example Sydney, Chennai and Melbourne or Chennai, Sydney/Melbourne and Mumbai with the two matches going to the side that is on top of the table

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    @JG2704 - just one more thing on the Test Championship, whilst I understand the innaugral championship would have to be held in England, with odds on the Final being at Lords. I feel (biased?) that the Test Championship should be held in Oz, as we have the most sporting pitches in terms of variety. Either way, I feel that anywhere a Test Championship Final is played, the ICC should takeover the handling of Pitch Preparations to avoid potential unsporting incidents. Could you imagine the outcry if the innaugral Test Final was played at Lords between say India & England & the teams arrive to find a pitch as green as the outfield!! (btw - not saying that would happen deliberately)Cricinfo servers would melt from a torrent of abuse from a billion ticked of Indian supporters. However, if the ICC oversaw the preparations, a lot of the heat would be taken off. I understand their would be nuances with every pitch, they can have the local curators as consultants.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    @AdrianVanDenStael - regarding the Ireland Thread about them getting more matches - I was actually joking regarding the 7nil scoreline, however the joke fell flat as I forgot the England bilateral series coming up is only 5 matches - not SEVEN! Doh, LOL! re: Triseries v Bilaterals, Oz regularly held Tri-series with a weak 3rd team thru out the 80s & 90s. I think it can work, just needs some commitment from the ICC & the big boys of cricket. It wouldn't be impossible for Ireland to knock Oz or Eng off, particularly if they are at full strength. I think the reason why the Tri-series was ditched, as much as I assume you were joking about sour grapes, was about the beancounters trying a new formulae.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | April 19, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @HatsforBats - YESSSSSS!!!!! Now the question is, SLOW or QUICK??????? LOL!! The only negative I see out of this, is that it gives the ICC a reason to make the W/Cup more exclusive, at the possible expense of the Netherlands, Ireland & Afghanistan. They have increased the size of the 2014 T20 W/Cup to 16 teams, which is GREAT news, but I hope they don't revert to a 10 team W/Cup by 2019!!!!! @AdrianVanDenStael - you may be right but the last back down was due to having to commit to the Champions Trophy. Now that it can RIP, we have openings in the FTP & no TV Rights/commitments (hopefully). @JG2704 - in regards "Timeless" Tests, I would like to see that for the Final only. Probably no need other than to insure against bad weather.I totally disagree though regarding the Champ Trophy, waste of time, should only be the top 4 teams if ever resurrected.

  • POSTED BY rkp1603 on | April 18, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Mr. JustIPL they r tokin about champions TROPHY not champions league...

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | April 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    What rubbish is this????.....if you (ICC chief) want to stop something...please remove the 20-20 format from world cricket... this is not a good step, please think once more sir.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | April 18, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @sportofpain, Champions league makes much more sense then IPL as T&T got recognition from it. I dont think IPL is helping WI cricket as they are losing and gayle, pollard, russel are out playing IPL. Most of the talent in west indies has come from their domestic cricket and surprised India as well. Also, IPL has been counter productive for Indian cricket as new lows were seen frequently and also the new Indian talent was not of that quality. First IPL ruined indian cricket and now the Indian cricket is ruining the IPL. Since now there is a window for IPL, the two months time should be broken into one month each for T20 and ODIs. It will give more time to indian youngsters to play alongside great players from around the world, just playing T20 does not give that serious practice. It does not make sense that foreign players plunder money while local players dont get enough practice due to T20 type of cricket.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | April 18, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    At last a window for IPL.

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | April 18, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @kiwirocker- IPL is not useless. Ask the players themselves. Also it is the IPL that might finally revive West Indies cricket, given that most of their youngsters now take to Basketball or Soccer given the greater riches.

    JFYI the NBA, the EPL etc are just IPL versions in other sports. Guess they are useless too..

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | April 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    I get a little annoyed when I hear people saying these days people are more busy and therefore have less time to follow Test cricket. It is complete bull. Look at the time people spend on their iPhones, Facebook and even sites like ESPNCricinfo. And compare your life with your grandparents' generation. They were probably much poorer than you, had to work much harder to make a living and therefore had less free time to do things like watch Test cricket. Also watching 10 IPL games over 5 days pretty requires the same effort as watching a Test match. It is like the American complaining that Tests are too long when they watch a baseball game every for a whole week. Each game is like 2 or 3 sessions in cricket at the end of the day.

  • POSTED BY Yevghenny on | April 18, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    The Champions Trophy simply doesn't make sense and it has been going for too long. For a test championship, we will need to revise how tours work. I think 2 groups of tri or quad series, where the host plays 3 different visitors instead of 1 series against one team. And then, the group travel to another country to fulfil the fixtures there. If it's a 3-team group, you could also have the visit to their country, this is back of a cigarette packet stuff, but you see what I mean? Instead of two touring parties, a series replaced by a test championship group table, that leads up to a final 4.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    i back this decision by ICC, they should try to come up with some interesting ideas instead of squeezing in champions trophy in busy cricketing schedules. Should focus more on T20 that will interest non test playing countries as well and so the game will spread out. Test championship is a real challenge as but i believe it should be played on neutral soils to minimize the home advantage, fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    The champions trophy was a well-appreciated tournament till the arrival of the T20. One has to admit that One day cricket has lost a lot of sheen it previously held with the advent of T20 cricket, perhaps even more than Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | April 18, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Thank God, finally a Test Championship! Why is my beloved South Africa playing so fewer test matches? Much less than Aus, Eng and India. Why, Why Why !!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Real Need is for stopping some of the useless bilateral and triangular ODI series and put one knockout tournament once every year or two.

  • POSTED BY cricket2011 on | April 18, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    ICC have to bring a knock out tournament where all 10 Test nations and 6 Temporary ODI Status countries (IRELAND,AFGHANISTAN, NEDERLANDS , SCOTLAND, KENYA and CANADA) will meet. It is very helpful for the younger teams to show their capability to all over the world. Players like Kevin Orbrain, Nail Obrain, Paul Stirling are far better than Indian Players but they don't get a stage to Perform.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @Ajayvs - plenty of sports have multiple world championships. Generally any sport that takes part in the Olympics (e.g. Athletics, Gymnastics, Swimming) has an official "World Championship" sponsored by their governing body, and then also the Olympics, which are typically considered even more prestigious.

    Having said all that - I think getting rid of the Champions Trophy is a good idea.

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | April 18, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    The ICC should keep on Champion trophy in its FTP after every two years as WC is coming after V long period of four years, initiative of having test cricket championship is good move. The local cricket leagues likes IPL and BPL provides good entertainment to the fans who r now enjoying the game almost all around the year.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | April 18, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I totally disagree with this decision. World cup is the event where all top playing natiions compete and four years is a long time so Champions trophey(CT) was an excellent chance for team to engage and play. This is a real loss for cricket in a team where multi country tournament are becoming less and less. Gone are the days when there were excellent tournaments in Sharjah ( where India habitually lost), very fine tri series in Australia, and tri series events in other countries like SA, Pak, and even England etc. This decision has obviously been motivated by ICC's willingness to accomodate worthless circuses like IPL into busy cricket calendars. Who wants or cares about IPL? It is a domestic event where old retired folks are milking cash rich India board. What benefit it has done to India who lose 15-0 in Australia and England. Haroon Lorgat is so out of touch with what fans want and what will benefit cricket. All his focus is on commercialisation! He should be sacked ages ago!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    ICC lacks imagination and intelligence. Like in Tennis where we have the Grand Slams ICC cd have thought of a champions trophy like tournament where the top regional teams can be allowed to play and rotate the tournament around the four continents once every two years. Thus teams like Ireland, Kenya, Afghanistan and Canada get to meet the top team and learn from that experience and also the world wise audience get to see them in action. It cd thus be an engine for development for taking cricket beyond the traditional Test playing nations.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    This is a shame, I always enjoyed the Champions trophy, it is hard waiting for the World Cup every four years and New Zealand tends to do well in this tournament. Oh well, test cricket will be good for the game.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Oh my GOD.. Finally ICC got the essence right by putting all its efforts to keep the spirit of CRICKET alive. I am a strong believer of TEST format / First Class cricket. But due to heavy money drawn from One-day and T20. Real Cricket was fading from years. Now a days too much of cricket played all over the world, and people are encouraging the shorter part of it. It is the ICC and other cricketing bodies have to decide whether to do it like this way or not.

    There will be lots of criticism, for the Test championship from people and sponsors. I appriciate the approach towards TEST Championship, ICC should come with come encouraging ideas with this pattern so that it encourages all.

    ALL THE BEST!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Champion's Trophy was a joke anyway. No point having it around when you've already got a world cup which features all 10 top teams as well.

  • POSTED BY subbass on | April 18, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Good riddance, CT is easily the biggest waste of time on the cricketing calendar it is about time they got the Test championship up and running. We must protect Tests, it is proper cricket, it has to be the priority.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | April 18, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    A good move by ICC. But will people have time to watch so many test matches in their busy schedule? I dont think so. It will be interesting to see how ICC promotes the event. @Zahidsaltin andd @Mahi Manga What is wrong with you guys? CLT20 is a competition jointly organized by India, Aus and SA. They share the organizing costs and they have no assistance from the ICC other than giving them the Go ahead and space in the FTP. As for including PAk and no teams from SL, well Pak is excluded for obvious reasons and none of the SL teams thus far have made it past the first round so it was justified. And India does not send 5 teams but 3.

  • POSTED BY redneck on | April 17, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    not a real loss to cricket provided it is to make way for test cricket and not more 20/20 crap! the test championship needs to have a fairer distibution of games to the new zealands and sri lankas etc if its going to be a true reflection of whos the leading test team. not real fair when aus, eng and ind all play 40+ tests in the qualifying period then see new zealand, sri lanka and west indies with only 20 in the same period! @Bytheway the tourniment you refer to is not the world stage!!! it just has teams from other countires playing for the entertainment of the domestic indian market, and perhaps a couple of caribean folk who get behing trinidad thinking they can go it alone without the rest of the west indies!@awaranyc thats a myth, never hear americans say golf is too long because its over 4 days! most poms and aussies work, have families etc but still go to test matches. if it means enough, people will make time for it!

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | April 17, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    A simple expedient for helping Test cricket in my view would be to schedule them so that the weekends were always part of a test match fixture. simple logic- everywhere, notwithstanding religious holy days, the weekends are the free days people have. It is amazingly simple. In the recent EvSL series play started on Mon and Tues. In other countries too, it is the same. It is such a simple thing that it seems to have escaped the attention of organisers when they comp[lain about Test attendances. The other expedients might include lowering prices(well I realise that is a tough one for greedy boards, but....simple logic says get the people into the grounds) and in some places Day/Night tests. Then we can see if tests are dying or whether the some of the workforces can make it to the ground. ASlso having lower prices for post lunch entrants and even lower for final session arrivals.Too complex? Hardly,given the plethora of regulations people are supposed to understand in other areas.

  • POSTED BY Ajayvs on | April 17, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    Totally agree with the decision. It is so pointless to have a Champions Trophy every year when you have a World Championship played once in 4 years. I have not seen any other sports having such dual world level competitions.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Champians Trophey Would Remain For Only Top Ten Or Top Six Teams In ODIs, Really It is A Bad Dicision To Cut Off The Roots Of A Really Good And Specific Tournament...

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @Bytheway: It looks like you are the one 'out of touch' and 'blinded' here. The Champions Trophy is a 50-over tournament held between the top 8 ODI teams - not Champions League T20.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    @Bytheway : Your favourite cricket tournament is the 'Champions league T20' and not the 'Champions Trophy'. So, please look where and what you are posting, before doing so.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    @ Shan156 on (April 17 2012, 18:04 PM GMT) I actually like the champions league and as someone else said I think there are other events which could be pruned. Re the test championship , I have put my suggestions on another post , but I feel the only way they could do it fairly would be devote a whole year to test cricket with no ODIs/T20s etc. Being as that is where much revenue comes in for teams like India I don't see them agreeing to it - which is fair enough. It could be more doable if it was just the top 4 sides which play each other but then you have the problem where you might have to put the ranking points on hold because a team in 6th or 5th could enter the top 4 whilst the championship is live....

  • POSTED BY Bytheway on | April 17, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    The Champions Trophy is my favourite cricket tournament simply because it is not played between countries and it gives a lot of players who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to play on the world stage. It is a unique interesting and vibrant tournament. The ICC are out of touch, bureaucrats blinded by their agenda.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    IndnCrktfan on (April 17 2012, 19:10 PM GMT) Actually in the domestic T20 English counties pull decent crowds too.I think one of the biggest probs re neutral venues is that conditions are almost always going to favour one side more than the other. EG I reckon if India played Eng in UAE or WI it would prob favour Ind more and vice versa if the same match was played in Aus or SA ....

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 I think if there was a test championship it would have to be done in a fair way where no side would get such an advantage. The only fair way I could see it happening would be over the course of a calendar year whereby all 8 major teams play each other maybe twice each home and away.So basically they would have to have all teams in agreement and possibly even do away with T20s and ODIs for that year.Maybe even do timeless tests so that all tests have winners so that no one can moan about weather affected games. If not there at least needs to be a points system so that in drawn games the team on top is rewarded more than the team who is surviving... It would be a hard thing to organise for all 8 teams.Doing it with the top 4 is obviously more feesible.In football there is the champions league where 2 teams will play each other home and away a fortnight apart.Obviously that would be impossible- eg Eng and Aus summers being at totally different times

  • POSTED BY TontonZolaMoukoko on | April 17, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Great decision by the ICC, this was a totally unnecessary tournament crammed into an already over too hectic schedule which seemed to exist solely for commercial purposes.

  • POSTED BY kriskini on | April 17, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    ISSUE WITH TEST CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI FInals. In case of Semi final draw which team will proceed? If it is higher rank in group then that team can play slowly aiming for a draw without any declaration any time.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | April 17, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    @JG you make a great point regarding neutral venue. Now that you mention, I agree it would be hard to fill in the stadium given the fact that there has been a decline in test match attendance, at least in India (thanks to 20-20 cricket), unlike in ENG where the stadiums are usually filled to their capacity. I would liked to have the test championshio sooner than 2017.

  • POSTED BY awaranyc on | April 17, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    TEST CHAMPIONSHIP is a joke. In today's world, normal people do not have time to watch a 5 day game because time is of the essence. ODI are the best cricket available and canceling CHAMPION'S TROPHY will be foolish.

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | April 17, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    I had high hopes for this tournament, but ICC mucked around it too much to make it look like another World Cup...then it lost its appeal to me. It should have been a competition of the top in-form teams. In fact the format and composition for this final tournament is the best of all the champions trophy tournament hosted so far!!!

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | April 17, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    At last, the ICC make a sensible decision. This meaningless tournament deserved to be scrapped. I don't think it is a good idea to schedule a test championship either. 50-over world cup, T20 world cup and then test series between the top ranked teams every 2 or 3 years is a better idea. Each series involving top test teams ideally should have 3 test matches (except the Ashes which traditionally have 5) with not more than 3 ODIs and 3 T20s. Top test teams should play each other more often.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @maximum6 on (April 17 2012, 13:25 PM GMT) Agree re pruning in other areas. There was that Aus/India/SL OD tournament which seemed to take an age to complete. Also I'd like to see more teams in the T20 WC. 4 groups of 4.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    @Tracey Caesar on (April 17 2012, 15:03 PM GMT) Disagree with that prognosis.In England there have been many sell outs in tests in recent years , although I guess different courses for different horses and probably in SC the shorter forms of the game do hold much more appeal

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    @ IndnCrktfan on (April 17 2012, 14:55 PM GMT) Not sure about the neutral venue idea. I think you would still always get one team claiming that the conditions would be more suitable for the other team etc. Also there is the revenue factor. Would you get so many fans filling stadiums...? We saw in the UAE (Pakistan's adopted home) that even though the pitches were more suitable for team Pakistan it was missing some atmosphere etc too.I wonder about timeless tests being tried again. I also wonder how a test championship would work.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | April 17, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    @Selassie-I on (April 17 2012, 14:13 PM GMT) Just want to correct you on one thing. It was Somerset who got to the semis and lost to eventual winners MI and not Suusex.

  • POSTED BY asif2311 on | April 17, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    i cant see test championship taking place in the next few years because the tv rights might not be sold aka the asian test championship which RIP after its inaugaration in 1999....do anyone rem? pk 26/6 at kolkata......although i must add i want world test championship asap

  • POSTED BY ElBeeDubya on | April 17, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    The Good news is we may have a Test Championship in 2017. The bad news is it is soooooo far away (and the Mayan calendar ends in 12/12/2012!!!!)

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | April 17, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I THINK THAT TEST CHAMPIONSHIP IDEA IS STUPID . EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT HOME TEAM HAVE A BIG ADVANTAGE IN TESTS . SUPPOSE IF TEST CHAMPIONSHIP IS HELD IN ENGLAND THEN THERE IS HIGH CHANCE OF ENG WINNING IT , IF IT HAPPENS IN INDIA THEN INDIA HAVE A VERY GOOD CHANCE TO WIN IT .

  • POSTED BY md4cric on | April 17, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    As we see most of the class batmen retire by 2015 it'll be challenging for Broadcaster to get viewership and more challenging for ICC to continue after that first TEST Play OFFs.Proliferation to T-20 will be in the mids of younger emeging players who'll dominate the international team in various forms. Move is still a good step towards continuity of PRIME form of the game. Good Luck ICC

  • POSTED BY FM97 on | April 17, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    great move by ICC.Test Championship surely would be a good tournament. Now ICC must take Champions League t20 in their administration as well and increase number of clt20 teams 4m 10/12 to 16. (2,IPL,2 BBL, 2 SBPT20, 2 FLT20 and 2 teams each from the rest top test nations).

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    2017? What The Hell...Why So Late?????????? Then Most Probably We Cant See Some Class Players Like Sanga,Mahela,Amla,Kallis,Clerke,Shiv,Srt Etc............ Its a Waste!!! Really ICC Should Start Test Championship Very Soon Than 2017............. Come Onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Nice move but the test championship must be held as early as possible

  • POSTED BY bala2rahul on | April 17, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @mahee manga: Totally agree with you man. ICC should take control of champions league. And only 2 teams from one country. May be all the winners can be given direct entry and all the runners up should in qualifiers along with winners from Zim and Ban.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    The most pointless and boring tournament in cricket, finally shelved. Thank the Lord.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    MEDICAL UPDATE: Test Cricket is in the "Hospital"! Terminally Ill, with very little chance of recovery, unless the "Scientists" at ICC can find a cure SOON. An "Organ Bank" is being set-up for donations from other sporting d isciplines. Meanwhile, the more colourful, young, spritely and attractive members of the fraternity re: T/20 and ODI have both received CLEAN BILLS OF HEALTH.

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | April 17, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Tournaments created out of thin air that have no meaning disposed into thin air with no effect. ICC in a nutshell.

  • POSTED BY AjaySridharan on | April 17, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Finally!! now time to scrap all the unnecessary T20 games too.

  • POSTED BY StatisticsRocks on | April 17, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Finally a decision worthy of applauding. I also agree with @Cpt.Meanster to come up with a better ranking system for test matches. To add to what you have said no 2-test match series should be considered for rankings. There should be at least 3 test matches in a series as 2-match series is a joke. Further a test match between two countries should also be played at neutral venues to truly assess their performance as now-a-days everyone is winning at home. My 2 cents worth.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Well that's great. But I wish the ICC would stop pretending they're going to have a Test Championship. It'll be delayed and delayed until forgotten.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | April 17, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Great news for a test WC now, although it wuold have been nicer to see it next year rather than in 5 years. I also agree with the ICC taking charge of the championes league.. it is a bit unfairly arranged at the moment and, as shown by Sussex last year and T&T the yr before, teams from outside the IPL can do well in the tournament despite being outnumbered. It could aslo perhaps be arranged in a way where the top international players could play?

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | April 17, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    A wise move, that way the T20 WC can be every 4 years after, midway between 50 over World cups. Now they just need to announce a T20 competion that contains 32 teams in 8 groups of 4 and the ICC might be able to expand into the US, China and other areas.

  • POSTED BY Aston_Villa on | April 17, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    At the end of day its an entertainment business. If it is bringing the crowds in whats the point in not having it in the future programs.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 17, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Well done ICC ! finally you are trying to wake up. Now how about a better test rankings system with 2 divisions ?! also how about getting rid of meaningless ODIs and T20s in a bilateral series. Just make these tours 4 or 5 match test series and ONLY have the 50 over world cup every 4 years. Also, have a separate window for the IPL for 2 months so that all players can come and enjoy some quality T20 cricket along with the financial benefits it brings. Then you will have cricket enjoyed even more. Save test cricket before it's dead.

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | April 17, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff , I agree. If we are to have two different big tournaments for a format of cricket (50 over, Test, T20, whichever) one should be mainly league/round robin based and the other should be knockout. The only interesting Champions Trophies were the first two, coincidentally won by South Africa and New Zealand (the only teams not to have won an ODI or T20 World Cup). The rest of the Champs Trophies were lesser World Cups with fewer teams. @purna478, in every other sport whether it is the World Cup or Olympics the main thing happens every 4 years. Any more frequent and it is overkill.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | April 17, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    For a claw back of two weeks/2 or 4 years in the international fixtures list the abolition of the Champions trophy seems a high price to pay when there is so much else that could be pruned down. My reasoning is this: Only in the latter stages of the WC( either q/f or s/f-depending on how the tournament is run- do international teams face knock out games. No doubt this is also the case in 20/20 WC too. The disappearance of knock out both internationally and domestically leaves sides unprepared as to how to face them in the important games where they have to win. SA are a common victim of their own unpreparedness for this. Secondly the teams or top eight teams get to play in a tournament where all of the games are critical and between top sides without the watering down effect of minnow sides playing. The competition is snappy and relevant. Personally for entertainment value it tops the disjpinted, rambling,longwinded WC by miles. A sad cut from the fixtures.

  • POSTED BY alexbraae on | April 17, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Good, bring on the test championship.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Surely the attempts to remove the associates from the World Cup mean that, realistically, it's actually the World Cup they're trying to get rid of.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | April 17, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    ICC should follow football body and start arranging international competitions among clubs too. T20 champions trophy among no. 1 club teams of test playing nations has to be an ICC event. It is unfairly owned by India who then decides who else should be allowed in together with 5 indian clubs. Might is right is just not fair.

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | April 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Oh well, I won't be missing it, that's for sure. The Test championship will be far more welcome.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    It's a justified decision. Now it's high time ICC should take over CLT20 authority and organize it in a more planned and rational way. It is pathetic to see 3 indian teams in CLT20 and only one team from SL, WI, Eng are playing qualifier to get into the finals

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    about time too, the Champions trophy is a pointless tournament, expect for TV revenue, it really doesn't mean anything for the winner when the world cup is there

  • POSTED BY meastrostroke on | April 17, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Common... You should not bash BCCi for everything. .

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    thats nice : nice way for a test caps

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Thank God! For Small mercies!

  • POSTED BY purna478 on | April 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    its a poor decision world cup cmng only once for 4 years thts a miny world cup

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | April 17, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    wait - which one is the champions trophy? yep, can't say i'll miss it.

  • POSTED BY AdrianVanDenStael on | April 17, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Wouldn't be surprised to see the ICC back down about all of these plans. We've seen this talk of a world test championship postponed before.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Yeah.... No Champions Trophy after 2013!!! More IPL type series will be played....

  • POSTED BY arifbag123 on | April 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    i think it is good move by icc there is no meaning of champions trophy because the 50 over w c is very good option and secondly it is very right that only one championship for every format.

  • POSTED BY karthikcentury on | April 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    good move by icc and they should bring test championship bit earlier

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | April 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Hey Meety, Great News! Everything we dream of comes true! Now for those pesky 2 test "series"...

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | April 17, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    At last they've decided to can the Champions Trophy (silly name)! Now let's get a proper test championship sorted out so we can finally have a world champion test team. For the last 4 years or so there has been no outstanding team in test cricket and so heated arguements have raged (like you haven't noticed) about who is better than who else. If we had a world test championship this would make someone definitive World Champions. This should have happened some time ago.

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | April 17, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    what about T20 in olympics then?

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Another blow for all South African cricket lovers. This was the only ICC tournament we could win

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | April 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    finally, ICC is starting to make a sense.

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | April 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    FINALLY... ICC makes a sensible decision. Champions Trophy was a flawed concept. They made it worse by removing the knockout feature. If 8 teams played in a knockout tournament, starting from the Quarter-finals, then it wouldn't be too bad.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | April 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Finally! Some good news concerning cricket. Hopefully we're witnessing the slow demise of an over-rated format of the game. 50-over cricket, while it has served cricket well in the past, has no place in crickets' future. Tests and 20-over cricket are the only forms of the game needed to ensure the game's high skill levels, both physically and mentally. And, more importantly, we can finally see the cricketing schedule being reduced, so we can play more Tests and T20 games.

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  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | April 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Finally! Some good news concerning cricket. Hopefully we're witnessing the slow demise of an over-rated format of the game. 50-over cricket, while it has served cricket well in the past, has no place in crickets' future. Tests and 20-over cricket are the only forms of the game needed to ensure the game's high skill levels, both physically and mentally. And, more importantly, we can finally see the cricketing schedule being reduced, so we can play more Tests and T20 games.

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | April 17, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    FINALLY... ICC makes a sensible decision. Champions Trophy was a flawed concept. They made it worse by removing the knockout feature. If 8 teams played in a knockout tournament, starting from the Quarter-finals, then it wouldn't be too bad.

  • POSTED BY serious-am-i on | April 17, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    finally, ICC is starting to make a sense.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Another blow for all South African cricket lovers. This was the only ICC tournament we could win

  • POSTED BY KelvinLTR on | April 17, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    what about T20 in olympics then?

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | April 17, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    At last they've decided to can the Champions Trophy (silly name)! Now let's get a proper test championship sorted out so we can finally have a world champion test team. For the last 4 years or so there has been no outstanding team in test cricket and so heated arguements have raged (like you haven't noticed) about who is better than who else. If we had a world test championship this would make someone definitive World Champions. This should have happened some time ago.

  • POSTED BY HatsforBats on | April 17, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    Hey Meety, Great News! Everything we dream of comes true! Now for those pesky 2 test "series"...

  • POSTED BY karthikcentury on | April 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    good move by icc and they should bring test championship bit earlier

  • POSTED BY arifbag123 on | April 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    i think it is good move by icc there is no meaning of champions trophy because the 50 over w c is very good option and secondly it is very right that only one championship for every format.

  • POSTED BY on | April 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Yeah.... No Champions Trophy after 2013!!! More IPL type series will be played....