ICC news October 9, 2011

Test Championship on ICC's agenda

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The ICC Executive Board will meet in Dubai on Monday to discuss the format of the ICC event in 2013, domestic anti-corruption codes and the findings of the Independent Governance Review that was commissioned in June, among other things.

Currently, the Champions Trophy is scheduled for June 2013 in England, but there is a possibility that this event could be scrapped in favour of a Test Championship. The board will seek to finalise a decision on this. "Player and public interest in Test match cricket is at an all-time high," Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive officer, said ahead of the meet. "It would be fitting to stage a Test Championship play-off for the top four teams."

Last week, Ronnie Flanagan, the chairman of the ICC's anti-corruption and security unit, said there was a fear that domestic matches could be affected by corruption, given the increased scrutiny of international fixtures. In November 2010, the executive board had directed all Full Members to implement a domestic anti-corruption code by April 1, 2011.

At the meeting, the ICC will receive an update on the implementation of domestic anti-corruption processes. "The ICC and [Full] Members are well aware of the need to enhance education and preventative measures in this crucial area," Lorgat said. "We know that we can never become complacent."

The Independent Governance Review panel is supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers and chaired by Harry Woolf, a former Chief Justice of England and Wales, who will present a progress report at the meeting. It is one of the ICC's initiatives in the new Strategic Plan 2011-2015 that was adopted in April 2011 and comprises an evaluation of the ICC's presidential nomination and election process.

Lorgat said he hoped the review will help mould the ICC's governance framework going forward. "It is our clear ambition to be a well-managed and leading global governing body," he said. "I am hopeful that the review will lead us to set up a governance model that is relevant for our new world."

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  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    I think the ICC Is FORCING the public to "embrace" a long and boring format of the game. Make no mistake guys, I too "enjoy" test cricket occasionally BUT only if there is a battle on. The recent India vs England series was NO-NO for test cricket. If we have many more hopeless series like that then believe me, the Ashes will be the only test series left. Already SA vs Aus encounters have been reduced to 2 match fixtures. India won't play teams like WI and Bangladesh for at least 2 more years PLUS back to back Ashes campaigns all will SURELY add to the quick demise of test cricket. I want test cricket to pass away peacefully. I don't want test cricket to get a stroke and die an untimely death. Cause the ICC are gonna make sure that happens with their meaningless FTP.

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    A draw in test cricket is a perfectly valid outcome, not one to be removed in order to fit a pre-determined competition format. Cardiff 2009 was one of the most thrilling matches I've seen live and without the concept of a draw it would have been utterly dull. This makes a league (rather than a knock-out) format more suitable for a test world cup. I propose a 6-nations style league-format tournament for the top 6 teams, along the lines of rugby's 6 nations. Each team plays each other team in 1 test, all in one country. With 3 tests on at the same time, 3 days between tests, and 5 tests per team, the tournament would last just over 5 weeks (shorter than the last world cup). Below that, I'd have a second league with promotion and relegation between the two leagues. Imagine the drama of the last three tests being played out where some teams are playing for the title and others fighting for survival. The last day of the English premier league is the most exciting for that reason.

  • Robster1 on October 10, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Couldn't we just have an annual test championship of two divisions of five teams, with each country playing the other in it's division once in the year home and away. Their would be a first and second division with one team annually relegated and one promoted. This would then give each nation eight test matches - four home and four away - and provide a straightforward league winner and one team going up and one going down. Old fashioned long tours could then be dispensed with and surely public interest would be reinigorated with such a simple league system. Without a very significant shake up of test cricket into a coherent championship it will undoubtably wither and die. But will the ICC actually do anything - don't hold your breath....

  • tfjones1978 on October 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Thanks everyone whom read my original comment. I wanted to clarify what I was proposing in more detail: 2011/12 - Team 11 (ICup winner) is determined from Intercontential Cup (associate four day competition) Early 2013 - 11 Teams (10 Test & ICup winner) selects 20 players for Test World Cup. *Day 0: Teams 8-11 arrive for qualifiers *Day 2-4: Teams 8-11 warm up match *Day 7-20: Teams8-11 play off (8v11,9v10=>WvW) & 3 days off *Day 8-20: Teams 1-7 two warm up matches & 4 days off *Day 25-50: Group Stage (three matches each) & 10 days off *Day 55-60: Semi Finals *Day 65-70: Finals

    THUS: World Cup has 8 teams each playing 3 to 5 tests altogether with one team potentially playing upto 7 tests in 9 week period (about 1 test every 9 days).

    This would not be a long tour for most teams as a 5 test series currently is done in around 7-8 week period. Teams will have warm up matches and a lot of extra players to cater for injuries.

  • arif.khadas on October 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Test Championship should be a League which will run over a Period of time and at the end of the period declare the League Leader as the Winner or play Finals. The League should consider of 5-6 Top teams playing each other Home-Away in a same no of matches(Minimum 2-3). The current way of A playing B 5 times, A Playing C 2 times, and B Playing C 3 times cannot work. The final doesn't make sense unless it is played Home and Away in a minimum of 3 Match Series. Thought of playing in a Neutral Venue cannot be considered as whole of Asia will be Neutral for Asian Countries and non-Asian will be preferred by others. In case of tie for the league positions or final a formula should be devised based on Wickets taken, Wickets lost, Runs Scored, Runs Given, Balls Faced and Balls Delivered. Similarly a Second League should be played and the top 2-3 teams from second league should play the last 2-3 teams from First League to decide who plays in which League.

  • Balldinho on October 10, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Who keeps saying no to ODI ??? I saw a packed out World Cup, and ODI is fills up a Stadium more then Tests! Some of you need to stop defending Tests so blindly and be honest with yourselves. Its an old Elitist Antiquated game that needs to be finish, the ICC and the *Powers That Be* refuse to open that Format up to the WORLD. So be done with it, Cricket has fallen behind every sport, even BASEBALL has had more global expansion and makes tons of more money then Cricket!

  • VEXXZ on October 10, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Its time for the Demote , Promote system in Test Cricket .

  • TheCorneredTigers on October 10, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Well people who are saying that Test Championship is useless as they are confused bcs who will be the best whether no.1 ranked team or the test championship winner... The ans is simple, if u c football there we have no.1 ranked team Holland and u know the champion Spain, so same goes here, rankings will serve as a basis for the qualification for the tournament while the test championship winner will be the true champion as it has been earned when it matter the most... It is exciting to have a test championship but the format must be just, in my view top 4 teams is all right but they should play in round robin format twice with one another, at home and away, while the top 2 teams will play one of Final at Lords. In order to get the result of each test match, pitches should be made like the ones which produce results and also extend the period of test to 6 days if any one of the playing teams demand so that a result could be affected.

  • John-Price on October 10, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @D.Sharma If you can win a match on run rates, first innings lead etc, then it means the defining feature of test cricket, the obligation to take 20 wickets, is undermined and we have a different game altogether.

  • YorkshirePudding on October 10, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I, like a number of others, am not convinced that this is a good thing. If it is to happen then I would suggest that the current Test Championship is scrapped and a more formal league structure is put in place. With series being a minimum of 3 tests, the last test in a series being 'timeless' if a series winner needs to decided. The winner of the league is the one at the top at the end of the cycle. All boards should be forced to host every other board at home in that cycle, I'm still amazed that the BCCI have not invited Bangladesh to play in India. The Assiociates becme a League 2, and play the bottom 2 teams at the end of a cycle to see if they get promoted/demoted for the next cycle.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 10, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    I think the ICC Is FORCING the public to "embrace" a long and boring format of the game. Make no mistake guys, I too "enjoy" test cricket occasionally BUT only if there is a battle on. The recent India vs England series was NO-NO for test cricket. If we have many more hopeless series like that then believe me, the Ashes will be the only test series left. Already SA vs Aus encounters have been reduced to 2 match fixtures. India won't play teams like WI and Bangladesh for at least 2 more years PLUS back to back Ashes campaigns all will SURELY add to the quick demise of test cricket. I want test cricket to pass away peacefully. I don't want test cricket to get a stroke and die an untimely death. Cause the ICC are gonna make sure that happens with their meaningless FTP.

  • on October 10, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    A draw in test cricket is a perfectly valid outcome, not one to be removed in order to fit a pre-determined competition format. Cardiff 2009 was one of the most thrilling matches I've seen live and without the concept of a draw it would have been utterly dull. This makes a league (rather than a knock-out) format more suitable for a test world cup. I propose a 6-nations style league-format tournament for the top 6 teams, along the lines of rugby's 6 nations. Each team plays each other team in 1 test, all in one country. With 3 tests on at the same time, 3 days between tests, and 5 tests per team, the tournament would last just over 5 weeks (shorter than the last world cup). Below that, I'd have a second league with promotion and relegation between the two leagues. Imagine the drama of the last three tests being played out where some teams are playing for the title and others fighting for survival. The last day of the English premier league is the most exciting for that reason.

  • Robster1 on October 10, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Couldn't we just have an annual test championship of two divisions of five teams, with each country playing the other in it's division once in the year home and away. Their would be a first and second division with one team annually relegated and one promoted. This would then give each nation eight test matches - four home and four away - and provide a straightforward league winner and one team going up and one going down. Old fashioned long tours could then be dispensed with and surely public interest would be reinigorated with such a simple league system. Without a very significant shake up of test cricket into a coherent championship it will undoubtably wither and die. But will the ICC actually do anything - don't hold your breath....

  • tfjones1978 on October 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Thanks everyone whom read my original comment. I wanted to clarify what I was proposing in more detail: 2011/12 - Team 11 (ICup winner) is determined from Intercontential Cup (associate four day competition) Early 2013 - 11 Teams (10 Test & ICup winner) selects 20 players for Test World Cup. *Day 0: Teams 8-11 arrive for qualifiers *Day 2-4: Teams 8-11 warm up match *Day 7-20: Teams8-11 play off (8v11,9v10=>WvW) & 3 days off *Day 8-20: Teams 1-7 two warm up matches & 4 days off *Day 25-50: Group Stage (three matches each) & 10 days off *Day 55-60: Semi Finals *Day 65-70: Finals

    THUS: World Cup has 8 teams each playing 3 to 5 tests altogether with one team potentially playing upto 7 tests in 9 week period (about 1 test every 9 days).

    This would not be a long tour for most teams as a 5 test series currently is done in around 7-8 week period. Teams will have warm up matches and a lot of extra players to cater for injuries.

  • arif.khadas on October 10, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    Test Championship should be a League which will run over a Period of time and at the end of the period declare the League Leader as the Winner or play Finals. The League should consider of 5-6 Top teams playing each other Home-Away in a same no of matches(Minimum 2-3). The current way of A playing B 5 times, A Playing C 2 times, and B Playing C 3 times cannot work. The final doesn't make sense unless it is played Home and Away in a minimum of 3 Match Series. Thought of playing in a Neutral Venue cannot be considered as whole of Asia will be Neutral for Asian Countries and non-Asian will be preferred by others. In case of tie for the league positions or final a formula should be devised based on Wickets taken, Wickets lost, Runs Scored, Runs Given, Balls Faced and Balls Delivered. Similarly a Second League should be played and the top 2-3 teams from second league should play the last 2-3 teams from First League to decide who plays in which League.

  • Balldinho on October 10, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Who keeps saying no to ODI ??? I saw a packed out World Cup, and ODI is fills up a Stadium more then Tests! Some of you need to stop defending Tests so blindly and be honest with yourselves. Its an old Elitist Antiquated game that needs to be finish, the ICC and the *Powers That Be* refuse to open that Format up to the WORLD. So be done with it, Cricket has fallen behind every sport, even BASEBALL has had more global expansion and makes tons of more money then Cricket!

  • VEXXZ on October 10, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Its time for the Demote , Promote system in Test Cricket .

  • TheCorneredTigers on October 10, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Well people who are saying that Test Championship is useless as they are confused bcs who will be the best whether no.1 ranked team or the test championship winner... The ans is simple, if u c football there we have no.1 ranked team Holland and u know the champion Spain, so same goes here, rankings will serve as a basis for the qualification for the tournament while the test championship winner will be the true champion as it has been earned when it matter the most... It is exciting to have a test championship but the format must be just, in my view top 4 teams is all right but they should play in round robin format twice with one another, at home and away, while the top 2 teams will play one of Final at Lords. In order to get the result of each test match, pitches should be made like the ones which produce results and also extend the period of test to 6 days if any one of the playing teams demand so that a result could be affected.

  • John-Price on October 10, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    @D.Sharma If you can win a match on run rates, first innings lead etc, then it means the defining feature of test cricket, the obligation to take 20 wickets, is undermined and we have a different game altogether.

  • YorkshirePudding on October 10, 2011, 7:37 GMT

    I, like a number of others, am not convinced that this is a good thing. If it is to happen then I would suggest that the current Test Championship is scrapped and a more formal league structure is put in place. With series being a minimum of 3 tests, the last test in a series being 'timeless' if a series winner needs to decided. The winner of the league is the one at the top at the end of the cycle. All boards should be forced to host every other board at home in that cycle, I'm still amazed that the BCCI have not invited Bangladesh to play in India. The Assiociates becme a League 2, and play the bottom 2 teams at the end of a cycle to see if they get promoted/demoted for the next cycle.

  • sweetspot on October 10, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    YAWN! Is this for real? Test cricket is done. It is finished. It is just there for nostalgia and a few countries not letting it go out of their psyche. Nothing else. When will these people wake up to reality? Four teams in all white playing each game for 5 days? Who wants to see that? TV is everything for revenue and I can guarantee, nobody is going to pick up this Test Championship nonsense at any profitable price. This is an old man's pipe dream. Bilateral series played once in a while may have some attraction for the next few years, but Test cricket is not going to be the instrument to recruit new cricket playing nations. Getting a wider cricket loving public is the only way to sustain this game, and we should salute T20 for what it is offering today.

  • gazelle79 on October 10, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    @Jitender Dhanda , that timing is impractical . In a test match , we have currently 450 overs ( 5 x 90 ) possible . Ifyou bring it down to 250 ( 5 x 50 ) , how do you expect to avoid more draws . As it is , 6 to 8:30 is just 2.5 hours . Even in an ODI , 50 overs requires 3.5 hours . @Raviteja . That would become a lottery , like adding a glorified one day at the end of a test . I really don't see why the FORMAT of Tests need to be tampered with . A fighting draw still needs skill . I feel our attention should be more on pitches . No National Highways for Tests , please ! The pitch should have something for batsmen and bowlers . Regional variation in soil can still be incorporated . England could have mildly rolled soil with a green top . This would assist swing in the first two days and break up afterwards without giving inconsistent bounce . India could have heavily rolled black soil ( in South ) which helps batting for the first 3 days but breaks up to help spin later .

  • RussDegnan on October 10, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    The only way to have a massive prize pool is to pool the tv revenue under ICC control, which the BCCI, ECB and CA will never do, because they have no interest in either sharing revenue, or opening up their schedules for less money. That a good test championship could earn several times more revenue than yet another bilateral series is irrelevant. Short term cash-flow matters more. And hence, instead of a lengthy world championship involving as many cricket playing countries (test and below) as possible, we have a tiny one, likely involving only the rich nations, and eminently forgettable.

  • div09 on October 10, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    I think this tournament should go on but with top 6 instead of top 4. They should have 2 groups. Group A - no.1 and no.3 and no.5. Group B - no.2 and no.4 and no.6. Then everyone plays 2 matches within the group. SO THAT MEANS VERSE BOTH TEAMS ONCE. AND INSTEAD OF THE NET-RUN-RATE they should have an average of runs made per wicket lost minus runs given per wicket taken. Then top 2 reach semi-finals and then Group A's 1st v Group B's 2nd and Group A's 2nd v Group B's 1st. Then if a draw does take place then you look at the NET WICKETS/RUNS RATE KIND OF THING I EXPLAINED EARLIER. THEN 3rd Place Play off. 1st SF LOSER v 2nd SF LOSER. ( LOOK AT THE WICKET/RUN RATE IF DRAW TAKES PLACE.). THEN COMES THE FINALS. Winner of 1st SF v Winner of 2nd SF. ( LOK AT THE WICKET/RUN RATE IF DRAW TAKES PLACE.). DONE. 1st world cup should be in INDIA 2nd in ENGLAND 3rd in AUSTRALIA 4th in PAKISTAN and SRI LANKA 5th in SOUTH AFRICA. and keep on repeating. I think these 6 teams will be the top6 EVERY TIME.

  • BGUP on October 10, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    I feel the best format will be to have one year in four reserved for the test championship, during which each team plays every other team once, roughly half the matches are played at home and half away. Scheduling is not easy but can be achieved. This is follwed by a knockout amongst the top four teams during the next year.

  • on October 10, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    In my point of view, if they want to make test matches interesting here is format for test: 50 overs match every day in the evening time may be 6 PM to 8.30 pm, so people don't have to take day off to watch matches, and match will be same 5 days. Result will be depends on who makes more runs and take more wickets. In this way, more people will have chance to go and watch matches along with their daily routine and this will helps players to maintain their fitness and performance. It will be fun to watch, if this would be a reality.

  • on October 10, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    I think top 8 teams should play test championship.Incase of a draw a superday is to be held which means each team is going to play two innings with 20 overs each. If 2 tests are going to be held parallel the tournament can be completed in (10 + semifinal + final + superdays ) 40 days .

  • VEXXZ on October 9, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Why is it that the series with England and Australia get 5 test matches and others get 3 or less ? . The large numbers of the shorter version of the game( 20/20 and 50 over) is not doing TEST any good . The young players will not be the ones to carry on the tradition when all this big money in the short format .

  • kangaroussy on October 9, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    I must agree wth Mr The Wallster, a massive prize pool would keep the all players keen. 4 years "league"stage, finals play-off between top 4 teams in year 5. With that sort of money on offer, the players can talk as much as they need to about it all being about country and test cricket being the highest form on the game, content in the knowledge that if they win the championship, they'll be loaded.

  • redneck on October 9, 2011, 23:02 GMT

    it all comes down to the format they decide to use as to wether or not this will be a success. ideally i would like to see a 4-5 year long league set up where all test teams play eachother home and away in that time frame with the rankings being replaced by a points table and the top 4 teams at the end going through to a round robin final. seeing how the icc have a window in 2013 though there isnt time for that. i hope that they wont make it a knock out semi with the winner progressing. have 3 rounds of round robin first then the top 2 from that in the final at lords.

  • on October 9, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    I agree when people say that ODI's are out of mind right now - since T20 was made for media and Test is the true way to play Cricket. So, why bothering with ODI's since no one will see the midway?

    Anyway, the "4 team playoff" seems more like a All x All tournament with a final playoff between 4 top teams, not that We'll have only 4 teams playing.

  • SixoverSlips on October 9, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    I am not convinced by the single Test championship final in Lord's. The Test championship is not a great idea to begin with. But if they want to go down that route it should be held as a series with the home advantage to the higher ranked team. It should preferably be just between the top two sides. 4th ranked teams has no business winning the Test crown in cricket. Preferably a three Test series in the higher ranked country.

  • brittop on October 9, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    I agree with those against a "Test Championhip". My view is that one would be a waste of time. The ranking system that is currently in place is the best way of deciding the no. 1 test nation. Test cricket should be over a series, really of 5 tests, but a minimum of 3, and not one off games. I can't find one way that is acceptable to decide in the event of a draw. Also who will be the no. 1 test nation? The Test Championship winner or the team at the top of the rankings? ODI cricket suffers the same thing - India are world cup holders, but Australia top the rankings.

  • on October 9, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    I read somewhere that "timeless" tests rarely lasted longer than 6 days. Why not re-enact them and kill the boredom associated with drawn tests? It should solve the issue of knockouts as well! The real cricket deserves more spectator interest than it currently gets, from countries other than England.

  • on October 9, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    if you want a test championship to have an end, you'll just have to do something slightly scary- an endless match with a 150 over cap on each innings. Test match innings are rarely ever that many overs, but it'll stop the match from being two weeks as well.

  • on October 9, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    how can u call it a test championship if its competed b/w four top teams!! it cant be succesfull without adding all the colours in it! rather it would be better to give the no.1 ranked team this award if it will be held in this manner!!!!!

  • spellbinder76 on October 9, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Which four teams have been selected for the Test Championship. 1. England 2. South Africa 3. Australia 4. India or Sri Lanka. I recommend extending it to six test playing nations.

  • bumsonseats on October 9, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    if it has to then be team A play team B in high scoring final were we only get to see the 1st 2 innings of both teams. then go on to that daft aussie final were the team with the highest 1st innings wins.or run rates etc. or back to the endless test. its to daft to laugh at. trust the icc to come out with it. dpk

  • bumsonseats on October 9, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    that should have read. and only 3 tests against SA.dpk

  • dragqueen1 on October 9, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    i thought this was sorted! oh silly me it's the ICC isn't it, this lot really shouldn't be allowed to run a bath should they, everything's ad hoc, no plan, no forethought. it seems to work like this in ICCland, someone has a brainwave, the board go ok & it's welded on to the schedule, when whats needed is somebody sitting down working the logistics of it all. anyone whose watched international cricket for long enough will have been make dizzy trying to follow the changes to the formats in the ICC's various international tournaments over the years. is there no one at the ICC that realises the game can't carry on like this. as for the(now apparently planned) TWC, good idea & if we followed tfjones1978 plan it would make sense, fitted into a 4 year cycle with the CWC & WT20. however this will require the ICC to do something it seems utterly incapable of, forward planning & deciding what it wants to be. im not holding my breath.

  • the_wallster on October 9, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    the only way that this could possibly work, is to have a prize fund of 100m dollars. and have the championship played over 4-5 years. how can you just have a play-off of india, england, south africa and australia, and not include sri lanka and pakistan? it's ridiculous. the massive prize fund would mean that test matches become priority, and players like kieron pollard etc. dont become t20 mercenaries, and develop their skills in the test arena. can you imagine malinga retiring from test cricket when he knew there was 100m dollars up for grabs? and nobody's telling me that over a period of 4-5 years, this money couldn't be funded.

  • surajit13 on October 9, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Sooner or Later They Have To Decide Between the Three Formats according to me any two will be be good but which two. I Consider Tests And ODI's with 2 innngs 20 over each.

  • lillie_express on October 9, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    It's quite clear: both players and spectators have no motivation when it comes to ODI cricket...scrap ODI's and have Tests and T20's only, this will clean up and free up the stupidly busy international schedule. Test championship is a complete waste of time...the Ashes, FW trophy etc have their own context and satisfaction for player and spectator...overcoming teams on their home turf is a challenge that is exciting and a source of motivation...there will be no context to a championship because it will prove nothing...the current rating is best, ie prove yourself over a long period of time

  • Mr.CHAMP on October 9, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    WHY IS THE CHAMPIONS TROPHY SCHEDULED IN 2013.IT WAS LAST HELD IN 2009.WHY IS THERE A BIG GAPS BETWEEN CHAMPIONS TROPHY?

  • D.Sharma on October 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    @John-Price, there can be many things like 1st innings victory, run rate or which team took the most wickets that can sort out those draws.

  • hhillbumper on October 9, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I think we should just ask the BCCI what they think as lets face it despite their shambolic behaviour they seem to get what they want.If it does go ahead will we have to put up with the usual rubbish of how many tournament sixes their have been.Also all test championships will have to take place in india or else they will get nowhere near a final and that would not be good.After all india is the global power.

  • on October 9, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    The proposed tournament should be called a Test Championship. There is no place to play this tournament besides England - sadly, no other country will have enough interest to fill a few seats let alone a stadium. It should either be 2 semi-final Test Matches followed up with a final match or a 3-Test series between the top 2 ranking Test nations. Ideally the second option would be better as there would be more hype around the series and it could result in a better spectacle. Having said that, the top 4-5 sides are so close together in the rankings it could be a bit unfair to separate the top 2 sides off the rest...Oh and the idea of an actual world cup is an atrocious idea practically, logistically and financially.

  • Puffin on October 9, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I prefer the current Test Table with the leader getting a mace/cotton bud. It rewards consistency of effort, rather than winning thanks to getting a lucky pitch ideally suited to whatever bowlers or batsmen you happen to have at the time for a one-off decider test match. Test match cricket isn't world cup football.

    And how are they going to handle draws? Toss a coin? Bowl at stumps? (Groan)

  • bumsonseats on October 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    iv no idea what the icc r up 2. when they should have done it 10 years ago when they did not have the test league table. next were it will be played. the asian block will not want it played in england and the rest i would say dont want it in asia. as been england i dont want it, if it means we miss test matches from our summer we lose tests in the uk for meaning less 1 dayers playing 5 games against the aussies and 3 test against SA as with the summer games next year. with the amount of cricket been played, the T20 games takes to much time out of the cricket timetable. the things the icc should be doing is assert their authority over the game and run it for the behifit of the many not for the few. dpk

  • John-Price on October 9, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Am I the only person in the world who has noticed that test matches sometimes end in draws and this this makes them unsuitable for knock-out competitions?

  • dirtydozen on October 9, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    unlike ipl why can't they introduce leagues for first class cricket. why can't they scrap ipl and bring such a league in its place for a period of 3 days and final and semis for 5 days. so that they can control text cricket

  • Sportsscientist on October 9, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    I disagree with some comments......that test cricket doesn't need an organised tournament to quantify it........ like Quazar has stated, a half baked test championship is stupid.......DO IT PROPERLY....or just leave it as it is. They only way to assure it is done properly is to scrap the FTP, and have "test league" like what the associates play and make each series a minimum of 3 tests.

    if you were to use the proposal from tfjones1978 you would have to stop all FTP for that year. again you would probably also have to work out a proper qualification system for the 8th spot......it would need more planning to make it fair. give Ireland, afghanistan, banglandesh, zimbabwe a chance to qualify for that 8th spot.

    tfjones 1978.....your plan has good foundations.....needs refining. you may have to abandon the semi bit & go for a straight final because of time constraints.

  • Prathmeshvinze on October 9, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Their should not be any test world cup as the schedule for the cricketers would become very hectic .................And it would be very difficult to held a "test world cup" or something like that ,as if a match ends with a draw in a knock out stage,Who will go ahead ?????? And it would make cricket very hectic ................. So in my opinion their should not be anything like a "Test World Cup"

  • Quazar on October 9, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    A half-baked Test Championship will have little credibility, and is not really needed. Test cricket is at its most enthralling when played over a series of at least 3 matches. One-off Tests to decide the finalists and then the eventual winners will leave most people unsatisfied with the offering (except perhaps the winners and their fans). Further, conditions play a bigger role in Test cricket than in ODIs and T20s; meaning it is easier to win limited overs games in away conditions than Test matches (as cricket history tells us... most teams have stronger Test records at home than limited overs records). So if you play the Test Cup in England, they'll be the favourites; in SA conditions, it will be SA; and in India, it will be India. This is not the same in limited overs cricket as host teams have won the WC rarely (eg. England hosted the 1st 3 WCs, and didn't win). A Test Championship would thus need a home leg as well as an away leg (like football) to decide the victor more fairly.

  • Zat. on October 9, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    OK, So the Test playoffs in June 2013 are to be discussed to replace the ICCCT. Even though the ICC FTP says ine June 2013 and June 2017, England will host the Test playoffs?

    Is it just me, or does it really seem the ICC's left hand has no idea what its right hand is doing?

  • tfjones1978 on October 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    They should call it the "Test World Cup" (TWC) as "Play-off" sounds less marketable. A TWC would make sense with qualifiers being the test series up to the cut off. Most people I know are already calling it the Test World Cup.

    My preference would be for the TWC to have 8 teams (2 groups of 4, semis & final = 3 - 5 tests per team) with host being a top 4 ranked team (England this time). Top 7 teams (inc host) auto qualify with teams 8--10 & ICup winner in TWC play-offs for 8th spot (currently NZ, Bang, Zimb & ICup 11-12 winner ... I expect NZ to win that).

    Lets make it a Test World Cup featuring the BEST 8 teams in the world and not just a regular "play-off" series.

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  • tfjones1978 on October 9, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    They should call it the "Test World Cup" (TWC) as "Play-off" sounds less marketable. A TWC would make sense with qualifiers being the test series up to the cut off. Most people I know are already calling it the Test World Cup.

    My preference would be for the TWC to have 8 teams (2 groups of 4, semis & final = 3 - 5 tests per team) with host being a top 4 ranked team (England this time). Top 7 teams (inc host) auto qualify with teams 8--10 & ICup winner in TWC play-offs for 8th spot (currently NZ, Bang, Zimb & ICup 11-12 winner ... I expect NZ to win that).

    Lets make it a Test World Cup featuring the BEST 8 teams in the world and not just a regular "play-off" series.

  • Zat. on October 9, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    OK, So the Test playoffs in June 2013 are to be discussed to replace the ICCCT. Even though the ICC FTP says ine June 2013 and June 2017, England will host the Test playoffs?

    Is it just me, or does it really seem the ICC's left hand has no idea what its right hand is doing?

  • Quazar on October 9, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    A half-baked Test Championship will have little credibility, and is not really needed. Test cricket is at its most enthralling when played over a series of at least 3 matches. One-off Tests to decide the finalists and then the eventual winners will leave most people unsatisfied with the offering (except perhaps the winners and their fans). Further, conditions play a bigger role in Test cricket than in ODIs and T20s; meaning it is easier to win limited overs games in away conditions than Test matches (as cricket history tells us... most teams have stronger Test records at home than limited overs records). So if you play the Test Cup in England, they'll be the favourites; in SA conditions, it will be SA; and in India, it will be India. This is not the same in limited overs cricket as host teams have won the WC rarely (eg. England hosted the 1st 3 WCs, and didn't win). A Test Championship would thus need a home leg as well as an away leg (like football) to decide the victor more fairly.

  • Prathmeshvinze on October 9, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Their should not be any test world cup as the schedule for the cricketers would become very hectic .................And it would be very difficult to held a "test world cup" or something like that ,as if a match ends with a draw in a knock out stage,Who will go ahead ?????? And it would make cricket very hectic ................. So in my opinion their should not be anything like a "Test World Cup"

  • Sportsscientist on October 9, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    I disagree with some comments......that test cricket doesn't need an organised tournament to quantify it........ like Quazar has stated, a half baked test championship is stupid.......DO IT PROPERLY....or just leave it as it is. They only way to assure it is done properly is to scrap the FTP, and have "test league" like what the associates play and make each series a minimum of 3 tests.

    if you were to use the proposal from tfjones1978 you would have to stop all FTP for that year. again you would probably also have to work out a proper qualification system for the 8th spot......it would need more planning to make it fair. give Ireland, afghanistan, banglandesh, zimbabwe a chance to qualify for that 8th spot.

    tfjones 1978.....your plan has good foundations.....needs refining. you may have to abandon the semi bit & go for a straight final because of time constraints.

  • dirtydozen on October 9, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    unlike ipl why can't they introduce leagues for first class cricket. why can't they scrap ipl and bring such a league in its place for a period of 3 days and final and semis for 5 days. so that they can control text cricket

  • John-Price on October 9, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    Am I the only person in the world who has noticed that test matches sometimes end in draws and this this makes them unsuitable for knock-out competitions?

  • bumsonseats on October 9, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    iv no idea what the icc r up 2. when they should have done it 10 years ago when they did not have the test league table. next were it will be played. the asian block will not want it played in england and the rest i would say dont want it in asia. as been england i dont want it, if it means we miss test matches from our summer we lose tests in the uk for meaning less 1 dayers playing 5 games against the aussies and 3 test against SA as with the summer games next year. with the amount of cricket been played, the T20 games takes to much time out of the cricket timetable. the things the icc should be doing is assert their authority over the game and run it for the behifit of the many not for the few. dpk

  • Puffin on October 9, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    I prefer the current Test Table with the leader getting a mace/cotton bud. It rewards consistency of effort, rather than winning thanks to getting a lucky pitch ideally suited to whatever bowlers or batsmen you happen to have at the time for a one-off decider test match. Test match cricket isn't world cup football.

    And how are they going to handle draws? Toss a coin? Bowl at stumps? (Groan)

  • on October 9, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    The proposed tournament should be called a Test Championship. There is no place to play this tournament besides England - sadly, no other country will have enough interest to fill a few seats let alone a stadium. It should either be 2 semi-final Test Matches followed up with a final match or a 3-Test series between the top 2 ranking Test nations. Ideally the second option would be better as there would be more hype around the series and it could result in a better spectacle. Having said that, the top 4-5 sides are so close together in the rankings it could be a bit unfair to separate the top 2 sides off the rest...Oh and the idea of an actual world cup is an atrocious idea practically, logistically and financially.