ICC news August 28, 2009

India shot down Test championship - WICB chief

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Julian Hunte, the West Indies board president, has said that the Indian cricket board shot down a proposal mooted by the ICC to organise Test cricket around the four-year Test championship cycle.

Hunte's revelation - the first official disclosure by an ICC board member following reports that the Test championship plan had faded - came in his report at the annual general meeting of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) this month.

"Initially, the ICC attempted to change the structure of the FTP beginning from 2012 in which international cricket would have more content and would play more as a Super League with a 4-year structure resulting in a World Cricket Championship [but this] failed when the BCCI rejected that proposal," Hunte said. "This meant a return to the old practice of full members agreeing to a schedule of tours, which in effect places the power in the hands of the four biggest commercially valued members."

Hunte does not mention who those four are, but it is common knowledge that the boards of India, England, Australia and South Africa enjoy a dominating presence in the ICC boardroom. India earns a bulk of its revenue from TV rights and hence is not keen on a championship model that would lead to the setting up of a common broadcast cash pot. It has, consequently, successfully pushed for the existing model, where members arrive at bilateral agreements with the danger of those at the bottom of the table being marginalised.

The post-2012 FTP is currently being finalised by the ICC, and Hunte said that the WICB "will seek to ensure that it is not disadvantaged" in the new schedule.

Hunte also claimed, in a section of the report that deals with IPL, that some ICC full members remain suspicious of the motives of private promoters in the game, and concluded by saying that world cricket is at the crossroads and much depends on decisions that will be taken by the ICC.

Hunte's report deals extensively with the WICB's dispute with its players that forced West Indies to name a second-string squad for the series against Bangladesh and the forthcoming Champions Trophy. But those comments are on expected and previously stated lines and Hunte blames the players for choosing not to represent the team and showing the "highest form of disregard and disdain for West Indies cricket". What is surprising, though, is that the document, which is essentially a report on West Indies cricket, contains significant comments on the FTP and IPL.

He lists a set of concerns related to the rise of Twenty20 cricket while also admitting that players have "embraced" the BCCI's IPL with its auctions and high-profile owners.

"The emergence of private promoters in cricket has been much debated and some Full Member countries retain their inherent suspicion of the real objectives of such promoters. The ICC has drawn the line in relation to other leagues such the as ICL, which are not recognised by their home boards. Conversely, decision-making at the ICC affecting the IPL is often seemingly under the influence of some Full Members. The WICB remains convinced that Full Members should in some way benefit financially from the IPL and expect to see a general tightening up with respect to the issuance of Non-Objection Certificates. With many challenges to be faced and overcome, the future of world cricket is now at the crossroads and much depends on the decisions which will have to be taken by ICC in the near future."

Hunte's concerns about the IPL are not surprising given that one of the roadblocks in the dispute between the West Indies board and players is the question of participation in the IPL. Many of the West Indies players, including Chris Gayle, had wanted to be part of this year's IPL but were forced to fly to England midway to take part in a Test series that they claimed was arranged without obtaining prior consent from their association.

The IPL - which comes under the BCCI - has since clarified that players who have retired and even those not on central contracts with their national boards need to get a two-year NOC from their boards to be eligible for the IPL. The Champions League Twenty20, of which the BCCI is a founding partner, has also invited Trinidad and Tobago, the West Indies' domestic toppers in the format, to participate in the tournament starting October 8 with total prize money of $6 million and a guaranteed fee of $500,000, apart from an unspecified payment for the respective national boards.

Ajay Shankar is a deputy editor at Cricinfo

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  • lazytrini on August 30, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    As much as I detest the inordinate influence the BCCI has in the world game, the reality for me is that Julian Hunte has neither credibility nor relevance and is not in a position to better cricket as a sport.

  • ProdigyA on August 30, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    Well Chandran, its not about in whose hands the power is, its about how efficient the ICC is, that it cant take its own decisions but has to depend on other countries. If the ICC has taken a decision it should be strong enough to stand by it, even if other countries agree or not. So accept the fact that ICC is inept and stop cribbing on India. As far as playing with other less competent teams is concerned, thats solely the decision of the respective boards. So if u wanna play srilanka the whole year with Aus or SA go ahead but stop pointing fingers and tell somebody else what they are supposed to do. Finally, As far as friendship is concerned, the world knows srilanks keeps begging BCCI for money on the name of friendship, so the less talked about the friendship the better it is for you.

  • TwitterJitter on August 30, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    On a related issue, I am pissed off that BCCI decided unilaterally without discussing it franchises and inspite of opposition to terminating the deal from Lalit Modi. It is the unprofessional side of BCCI. The latest news I heard is that the franchise owners like Ambani and Shah Rukh are up in arms against BCCI on this and there is an emergency meeting called by BCCI on September 2nd to reconsider the issue. I am glad the franchises are putting the BCCI on check and taking them to cleaners. IMG is very much needed to ensure the success of IPL and I am sure the franchises will force BCCI to backdown. They need to someone whip them up now and then to keep them in check.

  • DaveT on August 30, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    My perception is that India have an ageing core of great players, and that Australia seem reluctant to arrange test matches on the subcontintent, whilst playing home matches to suit themselves every Christmas. Something smells. At least there are 4 teams in this league with around 119 points. Does anyone care?

  • ajoy.d on August 30, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    A document containing a report on WI cricket turns into a discussion on how money minded and greedy BCCI/IPlL is !! How much time has Hunte spent in examing why WI cricketers show "highest form of disregard and disdain for West Indies cricket" and finding solutions for the real problems in WI compared to obsessing on the IPL/BCCI , private promoters , etc bogey...?. I'm guess not a lot. One more example of an amazing lack of clear thinking from the WI board.

    @Frais: This India bashing (BCCI/IPL) stuff used to upset folks earlier.. now Yawwnnnnnnnnn. I fell down laughing when i read that "the ashes is the pinnacle of Test Cricket" and that we need to " Build some tradition and passion for test cricket India and you will get the respect you so much desire". Where did you get that india still "so much desires respect" - this used to be the case up until the 90s. Try to catch up with the times !!

  • skilly21 on August 30, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    quite frankly, Test Cricket needs some sort of rejuvenation. Aside from the Ashes and other such rivalry like India vs Pakistan, Test Cricket is played in nearly empty stadia for atleast 3 of the 5 days. As it is now, most cricket fans dont really follow or even care what happens to other nation's matches. They only know and are concerned with what happens to their home team and any other favourite. Here in the West Indies, most cricket fans are clueless as to what is happening with other Test matches. The only exception is India's tours due to a large indian population in the caribbean.

    The real philosophical reasons for Sport being so popular and important is due to the competitive nature of humans. We like to support our team and hope that they become the best. Right now, Test Cricket offers no real competition. It seems as if it is played simply for the fun of it. What happens after a contry wins a test match? what are the consequences of losing?

  • IPLFan on August 30, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Well argued BangaloreKid, but unfortunately these supporters of "pinnacle of the game" will never understand simple logic. Only solution is for market to take its course and BCCI to take over entire world cricket soon. Only then will these stupid arguments be put to rest (and Cricinfo shut down for good).

  • Charindra on August 30, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I can't believe one country is being allowed to monopolize cricket in this manner. In the last century small nations like Sri Lanka suffered at the hands of Australia and England. Now we are suffering at the hands of our so called friend, India. The main reason Bangladesh was granted test status is India but they refuse to host them because it's not profitable. But BCCI still wants to keep their test status as it is a valuable vote at the ICC decisions! They also bought Zimbabwe over. And then they leave the dirty work of actually playing against these useless teams to Sri Lanka. Oh the injustice.... If India is actually helping Sri Lanka, how on earth are we playing only TWO TEST MATCHES next year??? And that too against the West Indies?!?!

  • TwitterJitter on August 30, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    @Frais- Nobody cares what you or the rest of your clan thinks about how India plays its cricket. Infact, I have been a long time proponent of India getting out of ICC and going the American way for sports i.e have its own domestic league. The world cricket has become a parasitic organization where many boards do not have a clue of how to run a company profitably but want other organizations to share their profit for their own ineptness. Americans have long smelt this socialist drivel and made sure all their leagues are run domestically, profitably, and successfully like any business. BCCI has a long way to go as far as running it professionally is concerned. I have been a fervent critic of that. Atleast, they know how to run business profitably. Once India gets out of ICC, ECB will soon realize that the rest of the parasites will now be jumping on them and it wont be long before they follow suit.

  • CricFan78 on August 30, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    Yes Frais Ashes was clearly pinnacle of Test cricket when we saw two average teams slug it out recently by playing average cricket. Even SL-Pak was far more interesting in contrast. As for England's tradition surely its just a tradition now that they havent produced a Test batsman with 50+ avg in last 20 yrs or a bowler which can take 300+ wkts. So keep bleating about tradition it only makes you and your ilk laughing stock.

  • lazytrini on August 30, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    As much as I detest the inordinate influence the BCCI has in the world game, the reality for me is that Julian Hunte has neither credibility nor relevance and is not in a position to better cricket as a sport.

  • ProdigyA on August 30, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    Well Chandran, its not about in whose hands the power is, its about how efficient the ICC is, that it cant take its own decisions but has to depend on other countries. If the ICC has taken a decision it should be strong enough to stand by it, even if other countries agree or not. So accept the fact that ICC is inept and stop cribbing on India. As far as playing with other less competent teams is concerned, thats solely the decision of the respective boards. So if u wanna play srilanka the whole year with Aus or SA go ahead but stop pointing fingers and tell somebody else what they are supposed to do. Finally, As far as friendship is concerned, the world knows srilanks keeps begging BCCI for money on the name of friendship, so the less talked about the friendship the better it is for you.

  • TwitterJitter on August 30, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    On a related issue, I am pissed off that BCCI decided unilaterally without discussing it franchises and inspite of opposition to terminating the deal from Lalit Modi. It is the unprofessional side of BCCI. The latest news I heard is that the franchise owners like Ambani and Shah Rukh are up in arms against BCCI on this and there is an emergency meeting called by BCCI on September 2nd to reconsider the issue. I am glad the franchises are putting the BCCI on check and taking them to cleaners. IMG is very much needed to ensure the success of IPL and I am sure the franchises will force BCCI to backdown. They need to someone whip them up now and then to keep them in check.

  • DaveT on August 30, 2009, 19:21 GMT

    My perception is that India have an ageing core of great players, and that Australia seem reluctant to arrange test matches on the subcontintent, whilst playing home matches to suit themselves every Christmas. Something smells. At least there are 4 teams in this league with around 119 points. Does anyone care?

  • ajoy.d on August 30, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    A document containing a report on WI cricket turns into a discussion on how money minded and greedy BCCI/IPlL is !! How much time has Hunte spent in examing why WI cricketers show "highest form of disregard and disdain for West Indies cricket" and finding solutions for the real problems in WI compared to obsessing on the IPL/BCCI , private promoters , etc bogey...?. I'm guess not a lot. One more example of an amazing lack of clear thinking from the WI board.

    @Frais: This India bashing (BCCI/IPL) stuff used to upset folks earlier.. now Yawwnnnnnnnnn. I fell down laughing when i read that "the ashes is the pinnacle of Test Cricket" and that we need to " Build some tradition and passion for test cricket India and you will get the respect you so much desire". Where did you get that india still "so much desires respect" - this used to be the case up until the 90s. Try to catch up with the times !!

  • skilly21 on August 30, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    quite frankly, Test Cricket needs some sort of rejuvenation. Aside from the Ashes and other such rivalry like India vs Pakistan, Test Cricket is played in nearly empty stadia for atleast 3 of the 5 days. As it is now, most cricket fans dont really follow or even care what happens to other nation's matches. They only know and are concerned with what happens to their home team and any other favourite. Here in the West Indies, most cricket fans are clueless as to what is happening with other Test matches. The only exception is India's tours due to a large indian population in the caribbean.

    The real philosophical reasons for Sport being so popular and important is due to the competitive nature of humans. We like to support our team and hope that they become the best. Right now, Test Cricket offers no real competition. It seems as if it is played simply for the fun of it. What happens after a contry wins a test match? what are the consequences of losing?

  • IPLFan on August 30, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Well argued BangaloreKid, but unfortunately these supporters of "pinnacle of the game" will never understand simple logic. Only solution is for market to take its course and BCCI to take over entire world cricket soon. Only then will these stupid arguments be put to rest (and Cricinfo shut down for good).

  • Charindra on August 30, 2009, 13:16 GMT

    I can't believe one country is being allowed to monopolize cricket in this manner. In the last century small nations like Sri Lanka suffered at the hands of Australia and England. Now we are suffering at the hands of our so called friend, India. The main reason Bangladesh was granted test status is India but they refuse to host them because it's not profitable. But BCCI still wants to keep their test status as it is a valuable vote at the ICC decisions! They also bought Zimbabwe over. And then they leave the dirty work of actually playing against these useless teams to Sri Lanka. Oh the injustice.... If India is actually helping Sri Lanka, how on earth are we playing only TWO TEST MATCHES next year??? And that too against the West Indies?!?!

  • TwitterJitter on August 30, 2009, 12:46 GMT

    @Frais- Nobody cares what you or the rest of your clan thinks about how India plays its cricket. Infact, I have been a long time proponent of India getting out of ICC and going the American way for sports i.e have its own domestic league. The world cricket has become a parasitic organization where many boards do not have a clue of how to run a company profitably but want other organizations to share their profit for their own ineptness. Americans have long smelt this socialist drivel and made sure all their leagues are run domestically, profitably, and successfully like any business. BCCI has a long way to go as far as running it professionally is concerned. I have been a fervent critic of that. Atleast, they know how to run business profitably. Once India gets out of ICC, ECB will soon realize that the rest of the parasites will now be jumping on them and it wont be long before they follow suit.

  • CricFan78 on August 30, 2009, 12:12 GMT

    Yes Frais Ashes was clearly pinnacle of Test cricket when we saw two average teams slug it out recently by playing average cricket. Even SL-Pak was far more interesting in contrast. As for England's tradition surely its just a tradition now that they havent produced a Test batsman with 50+ avg in last 20 yrs or a bowler which can take 300+ wkts. So keep bleating about tradition it only makes you and your ilk laughing stock.

  • abhay1973 on August 30, 2009, 11:28 GMT

    why not have a simple world championship with quarter final with top 8 teams involved. one test match only, knockout competition.. it'll be over in 3 weeks, which will fit schedule.... 4 top seeded teams from rankings will be seeded.. hence other 4 will be drawn against them (bit likefootball fa cup in england).. if test is drawn, then seeded team goes through... (hence seeding is important, makes teams play all year round)... also test should have 1 spare day for rain... to minise rain disruption... if say england host it, all quarter final played in 4 locations, and then semi final week after and final week after.. all over in 3 weeks.. surely then can fit schedule?

  • Frais on August 30, 2009, 11:12 GMT

    Regardless of whether India tries to run cricket, makes 70% of revenue for the ICC or whatever the case maybe. In the end the other 3 major player are the draw cards, they have the history the traditions, thats why the ashes is the pinnacle of Test Cricket, 130 year and still there is passion regardless of who wins.( Border-Gavaskar cup etc whoopy doo). Money, TV rights who cares. India could not even care less about test cricket which was evident when they beat Australia 2-0 with hardly anyone at the grounds. Ashes just about every day sold out, until India can get that passion you will always be talked about in this vain. IPL, 20-20 slap, bang and very predictable mame. Along as the ashes remain test cricket will survive. Build some tradition and passion for test cricket India and you will get the respect you so much desire. Off the soap box for know.....

  • popcorn on August 30, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Julian Hunte does not make idle comments. It is stupid of BCCI to have shot down the Test championship. India can shout from the rooftops that they can be number one, but never will they be unless they win a REAL Test championship. Just as we have the ODI World Cup once in 4 years that TRULY defines the Best ODI Team in the World - Australia for 3 World Cups in a row,any talk of being the best Test Team is only subject to debate. A World Test Championship will also keep Test cricket - the pinnacle of Cricket - alive. The fourth Year of EVERY Future tours Program should pit EVERY TEST TEAM against the other Seven,Home and Away,in a Round Robin Format.The TOP Two Teams should play a Best of Three Finals - Home,Away and at Lord's.

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on August 30, 2009, 7:55 GMT

    Well, just think, why only WICB tried to put the blame on BCCI for not launching the ICC World Test Championship? Why ICC itself or it's other members, including BCCI's most rival PCB, do not like to disclose anything about this? Seems to something not so, what Mr.J. Hunte reported. I have no hope from WICB for sure. I agree with the statement of Mr. aslamdude, " The hue and cry made by Mr. Hunte is not just about BCCI putting its opinion about test championship, it's all about the frustration against BCCI's success with IPL." By-the-by, why we need WICB, a combine board of independent Caribbean islands, as a full member in the ICC today? This is not fair. At one time, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories, all of which were then UK dependencies. But now, they have 6 territorial separate independent cricket associations. Why we should to accept 1920/1926's model West Indies Cricket team?

  • amitgarg78 on August 30, 2009, 7:51 GMT

    Mr Hunte and WICB need to own up the responsibility to improve their own product and he actually needs to be seen as making an effort in that direction. Is there any team except Bangladesh and zimbabwe, who will play test cricket against west indies in their current state? The matches would struggle to last 3 days against SA, AUS such is the gap in quality. The truth is, the big 4 actually do play good cricket and are commercially viable. SL play good but aren't that marketable yet. If Mr. Hunte can not get WI cricket back on track, he can not expect to be subsidized by the same board that he has sought to criticize. For all the flaws of the BCCI, it is not in shambles that Mr Hunte and his team have overseen in WI. Pity, as once, they really were the team to beat and had a great following. No More! If customer is the paymaster for the sportsmen, then I am sure, the WI can not get the same money that Aus, SA, India and England do. Time to wake up and smell the coffee, Mr. Hunte!

  • vishalvlvl on August 30, 2009, 4:36 GMT

    @SFay.... Wake up bro. If u take INDIA's Test status to play World test Championship then from where u will get the sponsers .. How ICC will survive without INDIA who generated 70% of the total revenue that ICC Earns.

    And Can somebody Remind "Haunte" that he arranged WI Tour Of England to earn money not to see their team battling out in UK.

  • SankhaWK on August 30, 2009, 4:09 GMT

    Why does it have to be about the amount of money BCCI makes? Let them make how ever much money they want! Lets have a Test Cricket Worldcup regardless of how much money BCCI will make!

  • Cricketlover71 on August 30, 2009, 2:32 GMT

    It is true that BCCI is very greedy for money than any other cricket board. Let me give you an example: Bangladesh, the most weak test team, is in the test family for last 9 years. Except India, every test playing countries have invited Bangladesh to play in their countries at least twice during this period. BCCI argues that Bangladesh visit will not generate enough revenue that's why in last nine years they never invited Bangladesh to play test in India. Instead, they visit Bangladesh for test matches which gives them more profit.

  • aslamdude on August 30, 2009, 0:57 GMT

    Mr Hunte has few problems here well well. WI main players boycott the series against Bangladesh and WI loses pathetically. Now Mr Hunte don't know what is to be done. Why should BCCI compromise on the broadcast money as it generates so much revenue that BCCI brought back the importance to Indian cricket team. There is no capitalism or what ever people may term it as. You will kill cricket by this test chamionship. Imagine people following all the test matches for the chamionship. Practically not possible. We cant imagine a test match going on and mere 100 - 200 people in teh ground. Accept it or not IPL have spread the cricket to every corner of the world. The hue and cry made by Mr. Hunte is not just about BCCI putting its opinion about test championship, its all about the frustration against BCCI's success with IPL.

  • amit_kohli on August 30, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    I agree with GOSMGR2 that all test cricket (not just the ashes) must have meaning. There has to be a point to all these test tours so that we can crown champions at the end of a given period. Cricket seems to be the only sport where we play tests for the sake of it with no eye on any big prize! As for the aggression against the BCCI: They maybe money minded but it is only after their sanctioning of the IPL etc that we are even discussing the state of our great game! The English ran the game for a 100 years with absolutely no vision for creating an equal global sport- only to play the aussies every 2 years and then reluctantly having to throw the Windies a bone because they had a devastating team for a while! The windies need to realise that this is how the asian nations felt when england played them for a 5 test series and then squeezed in India and Pakistan in the second half of the english summer! Let the BCCI be a catalyst for change!

  • abinanthan on August 29, 2009, 22:32 GMT

    When AUS, SA and Eng also mooted the idea, why the headlines talks only about India? Pathetic attempt by Cricinfo.

  • Pratik_vodka on August 29, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    Well I being a big fan of Indian Cricket i am always up for some more BCCI and ICC bashing. I love it as much as any other cricinfo reader. Buts lets face it. WICB board is a joke in themselves. They cant keep cricket up in their very own country they shouldnt be giving advice to other boards. First they need to clean up their own crap. Get cricket back in WI. Well yes big fish always try and eat the small and Small fish will always cry foul and try and take a part of the pie. WICB i really dont think are concerned much about the future of the game and neither do ICC and BCCI. So all we have here are some idiots who try to run this beautiful game of cricket. I have no hope from ICC BCCI and WICB for sure. Nor i have high hopes from ACB or ECB either. The only way cricket and test cricket will survive is if we decide it should survive. I wont say dont watch IPL or 20-20. Watch what you like be it test or T20. Let us decide for once what we want rather than these incompitable boards.

  • edward_smythe on August 29, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    Like any of us are supposed to care just b'coz the Indians have moved on and are dealing with real issues in the real world, while Hunte and the rest of the WICB are doing their best Uncle Tom impression to curry favor with the dinosaurs at the ECB.

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Discussing test championship with its current revenue model of sharing the pot equally is a moot point because it is never going to happen. This does not mean that smaller countries like NZ, SL, and WI should not be funded by the "big 4" for viable projects. What they can do is come up with a model like the one world bank operates under. The 4 nations can contribute a portion of their revenues (5%) each year into a common pot and have the smaller nations like NZ, SL, and WI can bid for funding of viable cricket development projects. A committee comprised of 4 nations can then decide on which projects to fund with the available money based on the merit of the project. It is similar to how worlld bank operates now and is much more realistic model for assistance on development projects and will have a good ROI.

  • viku13a13a on August 29, 2009, 18:19 GMT

    I think BCCI will kill test cricket just for money, but if we all know and feel the same about test cricket why all the other nations and boards get together and cut India out. They also need to play with someone to make their money. If other boards do not play with them they will not make any money and they will have to come down just like everyone else. I know it is hard to do than saying it... but it is a possibility. IPL is a good format it is short and entertaing but it is not a reason to finish test cricket. ICC needs to take charge and think about other members. IPL only makes BCCI richer... and that is the reason they kept only 4 players from other countries than India... so the money does not go out of India.

  • anmn on August 29, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    BCCI is right. WICB is after India's money. All other cricket boards want to hoard Indian Wealth. I support BCCI to start NFL, NBA style league so that we entertain ourselves at the same make other country pay tribute to us. If ICC or WICB has got a problem and want to be rich, let them not do so at the expense of Indian wealth and do it on their own. If you are surviving upon Indian wealth, atleast common decency expects you to show some gratitude in return. Dont use Media to further your own selfish interest.

  • Homer2007 on August 29, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Where can I find the complete text of Mr Hunte's statement to the WICB? Gogling for it returned nothing and there is nothing on the WICB site (windiescricket.com) either.

    It has become fashionable in some circles to selective quote and sensationalize a non story to garner more eyeballs or TRP points.

    Mr Shankar will do us all great service if he could link to the actual text of the document and let us make up our minds individually instead of being led to a viewpoint that resonates with that of the author.

    Thanks in advance,

  • cricsand on August 29, 2009, 17:29 GMT

    Oh here we go again!!! Debate degenerates into a nonsensical drivel. Having said that, here is a thought to ponder. India is a TEST playing nation, but they have played only THREE this year with just one more test series coming up this year if I'm right. We might as well give up the test status to another nation that craves for it. Nothing seems to be done in moderation these days. Ind vs Pak used to be a high charged electrifying encounter, until BCCI and PCB tried to squeeze every last penny out of it by playing each other every other month. IPL was conjured out of thin air, and now they're beating it to death with multiple T20 tournaments all over. Look what has happened to ODI because of this. Isn't India playing Aus for a 7 match ODI series this year?? Why? What sense does it make? FTP toursneeds to be looked at in detail. What are the other ICC members doing...sure BCCI calls the shots, but isn't it a democratic setup? If they strongly believe in something, put your foot down.

  • atique018 on August 29, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    This BCCI has commercialized the game of cricket. Test cricket holds the decency of the game and this sort of attitude is not expected at all. However, Indian cricket board doesn't care about decency, all they care about is money. The IPL is causing more adverse effects indirectly rather than doing good.

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on August 29, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    For all his preaching Bangalorekid seems to ignore the fact that there is revenue-sharing even in the American leagues he's mentioned. A certain percentage of every team's revenues goes into a pot which is then equally shared among the franchises. This percentage differs from league to league. Incidentally, the league that has the highest amount of revenue-sharing is the NFL and it happens to be the most popular of the mainstream professional leagues here.

    Coming to the article, Hunte hasn't mentioned the reason for the BCCI's opposition to a World Test Championship, hence the debate has been very open-ended. I would like to know the exact reason(s) for the BCCI's stance so that the powers that be can find a way forward.

    Lastly, the BCCI won't have ANY revenue if the rest of the countries boycott it. No one is going to want to see an all-domestic tournament in India, and where will the next batch of world class international players come from if they don't play competitive cricket?

  • Bobby_Talyarkhan on August 29, 2009, 16:11 GMT

    As a lover of test cricket first and an Indian cricket supporter second, I am appalled by the behaviour of the BCCI, which I now consider to be the greatest threat to the cricket loving fraternity (and soeureurity). It is an unfortunate fact of life in a capitalist world that the big fish swallow the small fish until the big fish have nothing left to prey on and the BCCI's cannibalistic actions smack of this self destructive logical fallacy. Unfortunately I doubt if the other members of the "Big 4" would find it in their short term interests to oppose India's goosestepping manoeuvres so the future looks bleak indeed for anything but some indeterminate combination of baseball, 20-20 and topless rugby to survive the market's restructuring of our beloved form of escapism from the time and other constraints of capitalist barbarism.

  • mr.cruizy on August 29, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    guys lets be fair atleast for the sake of cricket here..why are we always defending the wrong ones? just because they belong to our countries? nation? religion? for heaven sake people.its about cricket ..its not about favourites here.favourites will only remain if this game survive.and if every single person on earth other than the BCCI members says that ICC is not doint what are suppose to do, they are puppets, then it means that there is seriously something wrong with the ICC or not every one would come up with such comments.

    ICC really needs to step up..take a leaf out of FIFA book.. ICC is more like a UEFA body which is always inclind towards bigger teams (money)..this should not happen..if KENYA is member,even KENYA should get the same rights as of AUSTRALLIA or SA or INDIA ...

    n because of the favourtism, poor bangladesh n kenya are still fighting it out on their own & there are lesser oppertunities for them to play more cricket on the big stage..

    so GROW UP ICC.show ur power

  • rubiccube7 on August 29, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    Hey wait a minute, i think what bcci is doing is right. 'the common broadcast pot', why should it be so? why should bcci let go of its money? why not use the existing revenue model, with the league structure, or whatever? and why is the WI board moaning about it? it is because they want the money that would come out of it, not for the love of cricket. and it aint a test championship, just a league to ensure each team plays another twice in every four years. it is because india can just ignore some of the nations and play with the others, and sharing revenue only with them. maybe WI fears that they haven't got those high profile teams to play against.

    I would rather prefer a two tier system than a league. Will WI prefer it?Never.

  • Cricfan27 on August 29, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    The arrogant selfish BCCI will never do anything that will be contributing to any other cricket boards. They gloat over other Boards' suffering. Because it is their advantage. Controversies over WC venue, Ban on ICL ( Result of which is had an direct impact on PCB ) these are the burning examples. They cannot also tolerate if someone else puts forward a better idea before them.

  • ChinmayD on August 29, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Ahem... he clearly says all the "Big 4" nations opposed this, so why is all the vitriol being spelled at BCCI? Because it's fashionable to abuse BCCI?

    Sorry, I don't buy it. Calling BCCI greedy for refusing to share it's revenues with everyone else is just stupid. (They already share a part of it from ICC competitions and Champions League T20 anyway)

    Perhaps the other nations should try to put forward an idea of a Test Championship WITHOUT equally sharing the revenues and see how favourably BCCI responds to that.

  • rahulsaxena on August 29, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    Unnecessary and unwarranted. I doubt the credibility of this information as it comes from a man who hasn't been able to sign contracts with HIS players & continues to play hard-ball despite the players giving in.

  • randikaayya on August 29, 2009, 13:43 GMT

    Its unfair to blame the BCCI for turning down a proposal at ICC, there's no ruling which says every member has to agree to every proposal. On the otherhand they've shot down many proposals of late haven;t they, like the players doping regulations. Now if that won't raise eye brows which won't? Quite honestly from an outsider perspective BCCI seem not to have the best interests of the game in mind, plainly profit oriented. A very bad outlook for cricket biggest nation. Plus creating the crickets equivalent of super bowl sort of turned cricket into a carnival rather than the gentleman's game that it was and degraded the ethical standards from the perspective of many.

  • Da_Punjabi on August 29, 2009, 13:41 GMT

    Guys, this is west indies board... This board was equal opportunity destroyer along with England in 1990s of subcontinent cricket. England didn't play in India for close to 8 years and very much wanted to undermine cricket power of subcontinent with the help of WI, and Australia. Some People even mention South Africa in this band of brothesr, but because of t he fact that Saffers were brought back to cricket world by Indians, it never materialized. WI board knows how to sit side by side with colonial power, and share the nuts.. I think WI board doesn't get 2 cents hoots from BCCI unlike it did from ECB... This is a classical colonial war. Australia, and South Africa have moved, and have realized the opportunity in working with BCCI (CL), England and their sidekick, the WI, have not. We need Test Championship, yes... But not profit sharing... England will never share profit of ashes with anyone, neither will Australia... Who are we kidding here!

  • Krishna2007 on August 29, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    I am Indian and am really disgusted with Lalit Modi and Pawar, who are both mad after power and money. That is the only thing which can explain the fact that India is not playing tests for a long long time. Laxman is one casualty of their unbridled greed and power hungry nature.

    There really are no objective standards by which Tests can be judged. Even the so called test rankings are inherently flawed. However, we do need to revamp test cricket sooner rather than later and fit it in the schedules, with a little less time to the slam bang variety. The alternative is to dismantle the Boards altogether and promote league teams playing the slam bang variety. Sad but true, that Tests are on their last legs and I do not see the likes of Modi and Pawar being knights in shining armour!

    As for the ICC, the less said the better. They have been pathetic in governing the game.

  • Shrini on August 29, 2009, 13:11 GMT

    I wish to respond to Jambo12985 and Treelaper. I guess the non-subconitinental individuals should stop being overly cynical about BCCI and its power. Afetr all, its solely due to BCCI that there is such a tremendous influx of money into the ICC. ANd isn't BCCI entitled to its opinion? Lets be frank. If you want to revive test cricket, Test Championships won't work. On the contrary, people will stop watching cricket if they are given an overdose of test cricket. It has to take something more. Something, like tests in the night, or a limit on overs, something like that. More importantly, the Future Tours Programme(FTI) needs to find the right balance between tests, ODI's and T-20.

  • andrewedwards on August 29, 2009, 12:30 GMT

    I think Mr. Hunte should not be concerned with the IPL and the salaries that they are offering West Indian players. This problem first started with the WICB endorsing Mr. Allen Stanford's Twenty20 event. The West Indian Cricket Board had no objection to his tournament when they knew they were getting a piece of the pie. Now with the IPL they do not get any gain from it. One point to contend with is that the players are being paid exorbitant amounts of money for talent that has not been developed properly. In our domestic cricket competition each year Devon Smith is among the leading run scorers but when he gets on the international stage he averages among the worst test openers ever. The WICB should start restructing their first class facilities and tournaments and take a break from test cricket under Mr. Hunte's leadership. Remember the infamous Antigua abandoned match was there any mention of that in his report?

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    @citykitty- Here are a few maxims about socialism that hold true always. 1. If you stand to benefit from it (your contribution is less than the average from the pool), then you will always support it. 2. If you stand to loose from it (your contribution is much more than the average of the pool), you will always oppose it. 3. If you neither gain nor loose from it ( commenters on this forum), it is always better to err on the side of socialism because it will make you appear noble and generous to the little guy and it is not your personal money you are loosing anyway. You can always portray the other side as greedy as you seem to do.

  • JITforu on August 29, 2009, 11:24 GMT

    The Indian Board knows only money...they know if India arrange test match in India,,then stadium will be full but they did not know about the future of test cricket outside the India. Now they are arranging IPL so they did not want more ICC tournaments like Test Tournament,, I think this kind of Test Championship should held,,, only this way the attraction of test match can be revived. The BCCI did not like T20 cricket but now they are liking this type of cricket much more. I think now they do not like Test Championship but in future they will like this tournament.

  • cricpolitics on August 29, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    Only time will tell how much damage BCCI is causing to the world of cricket. IPL has cost many countries their best players and West Indies is just another victim. BCCI wants to be the leader but leadership must come with responsibility which seems to be missing in case of Indian cricket since they are so intoxicated with the flow of money at the moment.

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 10:55 GMT

    @SFay- Your suggestion for India going its own way makes complete sense. NFL, NBA, MLB, and EPL are run as domestic leagues successfully and they are worlds top money spinners. It may just come to that one day BCCI will have had enough and decide that it will play both test and T20s in its franchise format for 8 months in a year and decides to get out of ICC. It might decide to buy out overseas players like EPL, NBA, and MLB do. Did you ever wonder for a minute that this is what ICC fears? Its overdependence on a couple of boards for all its revenue may just make it go bankrupt if those one or two of those boards decide to bolt and form their own leagues. For the last world cup 70+% of ESPNs revenues came from sponsors/adverts in India. You might just be left with 30% of that revenue now to be shared by remaining boards and that might just make ECB decide that they have to bolt too leaving with 10% revenue shared by rest.

  • aadnan_2009 on August 29, 2009, 10:46 GMT

    In my opinion Test status should be awarded to more countries like Ireland & Keyna , ICC can make a points system for qualification on the basis of wins in ODI & Wins against Full members , & performance in ICC Intecontinental cup etc, the these 12 nations should be divided in A & B class , Future tour programme shoud be designed for A & B class spreatly , and high performer in B class should be granted to play against A class for Example according to Test ranking 7 top teams should move in A class & rest of 5 teams play a qualifier to join the 8th team in class A , & Remainng 4 teams in class B should omly play among each others

  • vissu295 on August 29, 2009, 10:18 GMT

    BCCI is entitled to it's opinion whether it's good or bad. After all, it's just one of the several members of ICC and I believe every member has an equal voting right in the final decision. WICB chief can go and vote for the test championship if he thinks that's the best thing for the future of the test cricket. And he should not complain about other members' decisions. As usual, India bashing is going on here. It's survival of the fittest guys. Nobody complained when England was controlling the game. Others need to learn a lot from the big four, especially PCB and the WICB. And, who will guarentee the success of test championship? Mr.Hunte??

  • dragqueen1 on August 29, 2009, 9:58 GMT

    i think this was intended as a replacement FTP, which yets be fair is an utter shambles, but that would entail organising a schedule for ODI & T20 to be done at the same time, as well as finding holes for the CWC, WT20, CT, IPL, Champions League, Olympics(just kidding) logistically it's a non starter, particurally if it's series, rather than one off tests we're talking about.

  • CricFan78 on August 29, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    citykitty its obvious you even havent read the article before you start giving balanced views against BCCI thanks to chip on both your shoulders. A 4 yr super league is an idiotic idea and not the way forward. If anything it can be maximum 6 month league every four years where countries can share revenues. If ICC keep coming up with such daft ideas I am very happy that BCCI keep on rejecting them.

    As for BCCI throwing weight around during Harbhajan case I am happy that they did so because they obviously believe in justice and verdict based on judgement.

  • vikram.vairavan on August 29, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    Are most ppl here crazy !! There is no justification behind this sharing of money suggestion.Go back to your basics ,does the America fund us because we have so many ppl below poverty line....does Fifa give us any money for indian football ...or any other indian sport for that matter.

    BCCI giving Indian football 25 crores is a good start.they should bring up all other indian sports with the extra money they get ,improve infrastructure ect ....when india becomes a superpower economy in the world then start your sharing debate.

  • DUKECOUNT on August 29, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    Being an Indian, am proud that we (India) r finally dominating cricket both on & off the field

    @citykitty, "The BCCI is well known for throwing its weight around, as many on the ICC cave in to them (remember the Harbajan incident in Aus- threatening to pull out of the tour. Short memories for some people)". BCCI was very much correct in threatening to pull out. After all when u do have the muscles, y not flex them a bit

    The game has long been dominated by the Englishmen, Aussies & Windies.... its time now for some Asian domination.... BCCI must fully support all the Asian nations.... if the others don't like it, its fine with us. we, Asians, r better off playing cricket among ourselves.... its the other nations who r waiting in line for an Indian tour or for playing in the IPL... we won't miss them much

    Although I love test cric and want it to survive, Test World Championship is not a viable option & already with World Cup, Champions Trophy & T20 WC, this is totally uncalled for.

  • GOSMGR2 on August 29, 2009, 8:32 GMT

    Test cricket should be organised along the lines of two divisions of six teams,with promotion and relegation.Each team has five home test matches a year against each of the sides in their group.Each side plays 10 tests a year.There should be a points system of 4 pts for a win,1 pt each for a draw,1 pt for first innings lead and an extra bonus point if you win by an innings.The current test rankings determine who is in the top flight and who is in the second tier.There could be play-off tests at the end of the calendar year.To fill up the second tier,allocate test status to Kenya and Ireland for example.This way we can crown World Test champions on an annual basis and the so-called "minnow" nations know that when they have attained a certain standard they can play against the best sides in the world on the back of their achievements.Yes I hear the TV revenue arguments,but this is all about making Test Cricket relevant,and random bi-lateral series for the most part do not.

  • shazz_malik on August 29, 2009, 8:11 GMT

    I believe this was a right move to have a test championship, If India is not willing to support, Other Members should give enough power to ICC to go with the decision and opt the India out.... If they do this for once, BCCI actions would be corrected for long time, I believe on the story of,, Shouting voice must be replied shoutingly, else they will always yell on you..

  • Jabmo12985 on August 29, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    The BCCI were against the ICLas they realised "Oh No why didnt we think of that first we couldve raked in Money" only to create an approved version "IPL" which in terms of effecting cricket series n all is far worse. Way too much power for the wrong people, it should be the ICC who make the decision not the BCCI, you would not see FA Premier League or La Liga being as disrespectful to UEFA!

  • Treeleaper on August 29, 2009, 7:14 GMT

    India are doing their best to stuff up the game of cricket, all in the name of making money. The have a population with such a love of cricket that properly managed, could be at the forefront of all forms of cricket for years to come. Unfortunately those who run the game in India can only see the $ signs and the privilege it brings for administrators. It may be time for cricket administrations outside of the sub continent to make their own arrangements.

  • Stevo_ on August 29, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    @ BangaloreKid . No-one sahres broadcast pots now ( unless they are involved in the series) so how would that change? WI vs SA is still WI vs SA , they don't suddenly get money from the ECB just because the outcome is followed on a table.

    Oh and in now was was I being facetious about taking India out of the test rotation, I honestly think it's the way forward.

  • DesiMD on August 29, 2009, 6:51 GMT

    Asian Test Championship, that was held about 10 years ago - was quite successful. Pakistan being at the top at that time, had been able to win that quite easily. But today, if such multi-nation test championship is held, I think it would not just be successful, but much more competitive as well.

    But if such tournament was to be organized (if wasn't opposed by BCCI) then they would have had to hold it like English County - (team allowed to play other tournaments of ODIs, and T20s during the tournament).

  • sakti_biswas on August 29, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    BCCI is greedy. he knows only money. Test cricket is not filling his bag so much, so he is not interested about Test....Not only that India does not want to play test cricket against Bangladesh ( India played 0 Match in 10 years) in his native land because this will not profitible....The ICC should take away India's test status. IPL is destroying the beauty of cricket.... it is the machine of making money of BCCI.

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 5:17 GMT

    @leifedling - Here are some things you need to understand to comprehend this fully. India will contribute about 50+% of total revenue to that pool with the rest coming primarily from other three big boards. In return each of these boards will get about 1/8th (12.5%) from the pool. India has more than 25+ state associations under BCCI - 90% of them bigger in size and population than a few of ICC member nations. Yet, all those state associations "combined" will receive the same (12.5%) as that of some nations who are smaller than each of them. The same logic will apply to SA and England where England as a whole - with many counties and all - will receive the same as say NZ or SL. Still, for the sake of benefit of smaller nations, we divide the revenues from ICC events (world cups et. all) equally. The question is will it work if you do the same to revenues they earn from tests as well? It won't help a darn to improve infrastructure at our local stadiums.

  • CricFan78 on August 29, 2009, 5:08 GMT

    Sorry but why should BCCI be sharing all their money with other boards. Do UK, US and other western countries share their money with poorer countries?

  • citykitty on August 29, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    I'm sorry BangaloreKid, but you are out of touch here- "Nice to see some commenters here advocating "socialism"! Lets pool all our incomes into one giant pool and distribute it equally no matter what each among us earns!" No one is talking about socialism, we are talking about the future of test cricket, what our great game was built on and what the best players want to test themselves in. The BCCI is well known for throwing its weight around, as many on the ICC cave in to them (remember the Harbajan incident in Aus- threatening to pull out of the tour. Short memories for some people). India is a vital part of world cricket, but not the only part. We need the other nations as well, otherwise soon world cricket will only be played by a few countries. The BCCI only thinks of themselves, no one else. If you want to go on your righteous path BangaloreKid, you say socialism, some would say the BCCI is trying to be dictators. Or are you too much of a kid to understand this...

  • Lennon_Marx on August 29, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    While the focus here is rightly on calling India out for their shameless denial of an important step in the future of test cricket (one that makes the day/night tests, coloured balls, multiple divisions and four days of play ideas effectively moot) i suspect England would have been equally hostile to this proposal as well ( the second largest money winner in terms of tv rights). India however has been no less than hostile towards the five day form for a long time, and even more so to attempts by the ICC to organize events ( their attempt to boycott the previous Champions trophy as one example) or bi-lateral series they are not involved in (else there would be no talk of multiple IPL windows- the second annual IPL is just an attempt to crowd smaller test nations out of the market place) with the ultimate goal being that India only ends up playing tests against the biggest name teams (Australia, South Africa and England and perhaps one day Pakistan) so none of this should be surpising

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    @SFay- Thats funny. ICC should try your suggestion and see how big their common broadcast pot will be. It will be all of ECBs broadcast pot and a few dollars more (from CA and SA). The rest of the pot will be empty. ECB will be quick to jump out of that deal because basically you are taking all of their broast cast revenue and a few pennies more and dividing it by 7 (assuming as you say India is out). It will be a financial bonanza for the rest. Why do you think ECB is opposing it along with BCCI? There are huge disparities among revenues earned by different teams and unless those are resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, there is little incentive for boards that contribute significant money to the pool to share it equally with boards that contribute nothing. We already redistribute all the revenues from ICC events to all boards equally.

  • leifedling on August 29, 2009, 3:58 GMT

    Being an Indian, I feel embarassed to say this but it's no secret that BCCI's sole motive is profit for itself rather than the benefit of cricket, two prime examples being the oppposition of the T20 format and opposition of the Test Championship format. Cricket will go nowhere with such an oligarchial setup.

  • TwitterJitter on August 29, 2009, 3:51 GMT

    Nice to see some commenters here advocating "socialism"! Lets pool all our incomes into one giant pool and distribute it equally no matter what each among us earns! The next thing we know we are back advocating old soviet-style socialism where there is no incentive to go get your rear end out of a couch, and actually attract advertisers and promoters to sponsor teams. While some can do that, the rest can sit and enjoy the dinner at the table while being "suspicious" of the motives of the same sponsors. While we are at it, why not ask united nations to pool the gdp of all nations and redistribute the wealth equally? I thought we pool all the money from ICC events and distribute it equally even though only a few of those nations attract all that money. Now we want to do that to all other revenue streams as well? If you don't agree to redistribution, you are "evil", "selfish", "greedy". Socialism at its worst!

  • dcgx on August 29, 2009, 2:09 GMT

    I'm sorry Mr Hunte but the way you and you 'Board' have managed West Indies Cricket, especially in the last year, have all but guaranteed that we will be marginalized in any future FTP calender. Especially if you all persist on using inflammatory rhetoric with your striking players and plan to field that 'pick up side' you call the West Indies Cricket Team if they don't pay obescience to 'your holiness' and the board. However cudos for taking on the BCCI, I can definitely see them wanting to send their 'Lucrative TV broadcast deal' Indian Cricket team to the WI after you basically discussed board matters in the public domain which put them in a bad light. Your management skills are a wonder to behold, keep it up, while we all go down!

  • atulcricket on August 29, 2009, 1:46 GMT

    If some strategy could be worked out about revenues then India should be ready to have world test championship. profit of telecast rights in the home countries should remain with the home boards. ICC's share can be decided with proper financial planning. Obviously India should not agree when it has to share its telecast rights revenue with other countries. I urge BCCI to work on some strategy and make the world test championship a possibility. We want our board to be strong but at the same time we want to see more test matches too. Why should India give IPL revenues to other boards?? its a joke....

  • Gansmith on August 29, 2009, 0:54 GMT

    I am really starting to get annoyed by the BCCI's hunger for power. I think the spirit of the game is being lost in all the greediness for money. I would love to see more Test Cricket and want less T20. I think we need more balance so countries like Zimbabwe and West Indies can get back into the top of form and become serious contestants in the World Cup. However there will need to be other adjustments made, but this would be a big first necessary step.

  • santhoshkudva on August 29, 2009, 0:46 GMT

    money speaks a lot louder. is it the first time that we see the BCCI throw its weight around?

  • Da_Punjabi on August 29, 2009, 0:29 GMT

    There are one too many proposals out there, as to what is going on, and whose proposal is getting support of which board, is all "fog of war." West Indies players do not get enough money, but when you really start hitting their pockets, with delayed salaries, and creating a fixture out of FTP, without even consulting the players, whom have already signed the IPL contract, and are to make big money by playing there, you are asking for troubles. By not picking up the players for Champions trophy, is just a one more slap on cricketers whose protest was justifiable. Didn't WICB arrange that hurried series with England for the sake of money? ICC should take away west indies participation, and instead hand them to Ireland/bangladesh/Afghanistan.

  • G-Wyll on August 29, 2009, 0:07 GMT

    Does anyone need reminding that 2020 is rubbish cricket? It may spin rupees for a bunch of Bollywood actors who the world at large has never heard of, but the stats are flawed and the game is too short to be called cricket. It should be called "Sloggo" or something. I, for one, mourn the death of one day cricket and eventually test cricket. You change the format, you change the history, you destroy all that is good for this great and vibrant sport.

  • zainhilal94 on August 28, 2009, 23:50 GMT

    This is sick. I mean India is refusing to take up the best way to keep test cricket alive. But I again think that a 4 year tournament is too long. Maximum 2 years should be the limit. ICC and the BCCI should talk it over and come to a decision that is best for the health of test cricket.

  • LeeroyW on August 28, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    This is bad news for the future of cricket indeed. I keep hearing how test cricket needs to be preserved from all sides yet organisations like the BCCI are clearly not interested in doing so. Some form of test championship would definitely boost the game globally. I think there's been a big decline in the standard of test-cricket over the last ten years or so. Partly due to batsman friendly pitches but largely due to inept administration on the part of the ICC. The "top 4" teams continue to play each other more and more while the rest are left with the dregs (2 match series, certain countries not having a test match in a calendar year etc). You can't improve if you're not playing. Also, you can't improve if you're always playing the same lower-ranked teams. Test cricket is in dire straits in the WI, up the creek in NZ, out to lunch in Zimbabwe and on the ropes in Bangladesh. If anything, cricket, especially test cricket, is going to shrink globally. Not expand as the ICC wants.

  • Stevo_ on August 28, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    The ICC should take away India's test status, they don't want to play and we don't want them. They can enjoy the IPL , and we can enjoy the test championship. No hard feelings

  • wanderer1 on August 28, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    Money talks, what's new? A test championship was never likely because the haves were never going to like the have-nots dictate to them. Isn't this the case all over the world? How dare they dictate to "us"? Fairness and justice is a by word to be trampled on by those who deem themselves above it. Once it was the English and Australians and now it's the Indians and tomorrow it may be the rise of cricket in China.

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on August 28, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    Everything is clear. Money is the power,and in cricket which is in the hands of the four biggest commercially valued members, and there India is No.1. A test championship will be rival to the IPL and the CL T20 - come under the BCCI, who don't want to share the income from cricket with other minor boards. With the fate of ODI Cricket, we can say, has already decided - just will cross out. But, what to do now with Test, which is ultimate format of the Cricket? I think we have only two paths: 1) as in cricket everything depend upon those 4 big powers, give them right to organize World Test Championship jointly under their boards (like CL T20), so that they can control the incoming revenue; & 2) return to the old practice of full members agreeing to a schedule of tours, and killing the Test Cricket softly & slowly. The 1st path may be also not real, as get sponsors and revenue from TV broadcasting for a long version game will be difficult. So, The King is Dead..., Long Live King, T20!

  • jblades on August 28, 2009, 20:17 GMT

    Good article.

    Does anyone have much faith that India will put the overall interests of the ICC's full members cricket ahead of the hnuger for cash and tv ratings?

    I don't.

    Sad, sad times. ICC has to show some teeth and stand up to its "four biggest commercially valued members" if they are going to stand in the way of enhancing the game in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, NZ, West Indies etc...

    TEST CRICKET MUST BE VALUED HIGHER THAN T20

    We do not want a two-tier system of test cricket. Do people really think that having four teams play each other twice or maybe three times as often every couple of years will help the world game? It could become quite boring and repetitive as well.

  • speedarp on August 28, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    It seems WICB is completely against IPL and also insists that problems between WICB & WIPA is because of IPL. Not only BCCI, all cricket boards earn a lot only with TV rights, so all will be against the large number ICC events. As it is corresponding board's responsibility to pay thier players with money which is more than sufficient. WICB is prime responsible for the chaos between its players as they failed to pay thier players with more money. Gayle is paid $500,000 PA by WICB, where as IPL pays him $750,000 for 14 matches. So IPL will be voted prior to test championship by players. BCCI can function without ICC but I dont think ICC will be as 70% of money in world cricket comes from India also because of India's population of 1.14Billion.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 28, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Ah!! Brilliant piece from Mr.Hunte!! Apparently he does not have much to say about "some member of the ICC" having dealings with a "shady texan billionaire"!! "Am sure all that was for the overall good health and greatness of the game! What a hypocrite - blaming the BCCI at every turn while the WICB itself treats its players like their lackeys

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  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 28, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Ah!! Brilliant piece from Mr.Hunte!! Apparently he does not have much to say about "some member of the ICC" having dealings with a "shady texan billionaire"!! "Am sure all that was for the overall good health and greatness of the game! What a hypocrite - blaming the BCCI at every turn while the WICB itself treats its players like their lackeys

  • speedarp on August 28, 2009, 19:23 GMT

    It seems WICB is completely against IPL and also insists that problems between WICB & WIPA is because of IPL. Not only BCCI, all cricket boards earn a lot only with TV rights, so all will be against the large number ICC events. As it is corresponding board's responsibility to pay thier players with money which is more than sufficient. WICB is prime responsible for the chaos between its players as they failed to pay thier players with more money. Gayle is paid $500,000 PA by WICB, where as IPL pays him $750,000 for 14 matches. So IPL will be voted prior to test championship by players. BCCI can function without ICC but I dont think ICC will be as 70% of money in world cricket comes from India also because of India's population of 1.14Billion.

  • jblades on August 28, 2009, 20:17 GMT

    Good article.

    Does anyone have much faith that India will put the overall interests of the ICC's full members cricket ahead of the hnuger for cash and tv ratings?

    I don't.

    Sad, sad times. ICC has to show some teeth and stand up to its "four biggest commercially valued members" if they are going to stand in the way of enhancing the game in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, NZ, West Indies etc...

    TEST CRICKET MUST BE VALUED HIGHER THAN T20

    We do not want a two-tier system of test cricket. Do people really think that having four teams play each other twice or maybe three times as often every couple of years will help the world game? It could become quite boring and repetitive as well.

  • AARON.IFTEKHAR on August 28, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    Everything is clear. Money is the power,and in cricket which is in the hands of the four biggest commercially valued members, and there India is No.1. A test championship will be rival to the IPL and the CL T20 - come under the BCCI, who don't want to share the income from cricket with other minor boards. With the fate of ODI Cricket, we can say, has already decided - just will cross out. But, what to do now with Test, which is ultimate format of the Cricket? I think we have only two paths: 1) as in cricket everything depend upon those 4 big powers, give them right to organize World Test Championship jointly under their boards (like CL T20), so that they can control the incoming revenue; & 2) return to the old practice of full members agreeing to a schedule of tours, and killing the Test Cricket softly & slowly. The 1st path may be also not real, as get sponsors and revenue from TV broadcasting for a long version game will be difficult. So, The King is Dead..., Long Live King, T20!

  • wanderer1 on August 28, 2009, 22:42 GMT

    Money talks, what's new? A test championship was never likely because the haves were never going to like the have-nots dictate to them. Isn't this the case all over the world? How dare they dictate to "us"? Fairness and justice is a by word to be trampled on by those who deem themselves above it. Once it was the English and Australians and now it's the Indians and tomorrow it may be the rise of cricket in China.

  • Stevo_ on August 28, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    The ICC should take away India's test status, they don't want to play and we don't want them. They can enjoy the IPL , and we can enjoy the test championship. No hard feelings

  • LeeroyW on August 28, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    This is bad news for the future of cricket indeed. I keep hearing how test cricket needs to be preserved from all sides yet organisations like the BCCI are clearly not interested in doing so. Some form of test championship would definitely boost the game globally. I think there's been a big decline in the standard of test-cricket over the last ten years or so. Partly due to batsman friendly pitches but largely due to inept administration on the part of the ICC. The "top 4" teams continue to play each other more and more while the rest are left with the dregs (2 match series, certain countries not having a test match in a calendar year etc). You can't improve if you're not playing. Also, you can't improve if you're always playing the same lower-ranked teams. Test cricket is in dire straits in the WI, up the creek in NZ, out to lunch in Zimbabwe and on the ropes in Bangladesh. If anything, cricket, especially test cricket, is going to shrink globally. Not expand as the ICC wants.

  • zainhilal94 on August 28, 2009, 23:50 GMT

    This is sick. I mean India is refusing to take up the best way to keep test cricket alive. But I again think that a 4 year tournament is too long. Maximum 2 years should be the limit. ICC and the BCCI should talk it over and come to a decision that is best for the health of test cricket.

  • G-Wyll on August 29, 2009, 0:07 GMT

    Does anyone need reminding that 2020 is rubbish cricket? It may spin rupees for a bunch of Bollywood actors who the world at large has never heard of, but the stats are flawed and the game is too short to be called cricket. It should be called "Sloggo" or something. I, for one, mourn the death of one day cricket and eventually test cricket. You change the format, you change the history, you destroy all that is good for this great and vibrant sport.

  • Da_Punjabi on August 29, 2009, 0:29 GMT

    There are one too many proposals out there, as to what is going on, and whose proposal is getting support of which board, is all "fog of war." West Indies players do not get enough money, but when you really start hitting their pockets, with delayed salaries, and creating a fixture out of FTP, without even consulting the players, whom have already signed the IPL contract, and are to make big money by playing there, you are asking for troubles. By not picking up the players for Champions trophy, is just a one more slap on cricketers whose protest was justifiable. Didn't WICB arrange that hurried series with England for the sake of money? ICC should take away west indies participation, and instead hand them to Ireland/bangladesh/Afghanistan.