ICC news October 13, 2010

ICC approves Test championship

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The ICC has approved the creation of a league-style Test Championship and redrawn the lines of one-day cricket as part of an extensive restructuring of the international game that also includes a reduced 50-over World Cup and an enlarged World Twenty20 event. The proposals - laid out by the ICC's chief executive committee last month - were approved by the board at its meeting in Dubai on Wednesday.

The Future Tours Programme (FTP) will now comprise a Test league running over four years with the top four teams at the end of each period qualifying for a play-off event. The first play-off is scheduled for 2013, the same year England are due to host the Ashes, and Lord's is the favoured venue for the final.

A one-day cricket league - mirroring the existing team rankings - will also be part of the FTP, starting in April 2011 and running over four years to culminate in the crowning of the first ODI league champion in April 2014.

The league will run separately from the World Cup, the ICC's flagship event, which has been reduced to 10 teams for the 2015 tournament. The 2011 World Cup, to be held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, will include 14 countries and run from February 19 to April 2. The lengthy tournament is itself a smaller version than the 2007 event, which was widely criticised for including 16 sides and taking too long.

A 10-team tournament effectively makes it much harder for any of the Associate countries to qualify (the 2011 event has four Associate teams), and the ICC has asked its governing council to examine the issue of qualification for ICC global events, as well as opportunities for Associate members to play ODIs, and make recommendations to the board.

The World Twenty20 event will be expanded to 16 teams from the 2012 tournament, due to be staged in Sri Lanka. The success of smaller nations like Netherlands and Afghanistan in Twenty20 cricket prompted the expansion of the tournament, which will continue to have the women's event played alongside it

"Restructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with," Haroon Lorgat, ICC chief executive, said. "We have now agreed in principle to exciting and far reaching proposals to tackle this important issue."

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  • on October 20, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    This is a bad decision from the ICC. Instead of expanding world cup,they have reduced it.shame!!! Cricket cant be called a true global sport if it is played only in some 12-14 countries. also, the t-20 event cauld also be expanded to 18 or 20 teams whichcauld accomodate some teams from icc WCL div. 2. as with reducing the time, theycauld have a short format. ICC seriously needs some thinking over this.

  • CavemanX on October 19, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    It is deeply upsetting to see that ICC will reduce the World Cup to 10 teams from 2015. Can you even call it a World Cup! Like many people have said before, you dont need to reduce the number of teams to reduce the length of the World Cup. Just alter the format of the tournament to reduce the length. Teams like Ireland and Afganistan who need well deserved support will find it harder to become FULL ICC members. I have always said it and will say it again: CRICKET NEEDS MORE STRONG TEST TEAMS TO SUSTAIN ITSELF. Australia, England and India which are suppossed to be ambassadors of the game, what are you doing to help cricket become a truly world class sport.

  • on October 19, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Crazy, we need to expand world cricket. WC the best place for it, if they want only ten teams so be it. BUT it should be open to any team to be there ie qualification series. Hmmm now would Zim, Bang plus my own Kiwi's voted for a WC format that they have a chance not to be in? Doesn't look good for these other nations. Were do Ireland go from here? I think there needs to be more teams with ODI status Namibia and UAE to start with and once you have it you hold onto it. The big players Eng,Aust,SA & India will always want to play more against each other but lets more nations with full member status.

  • fartarse09 on October 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    What an absolutely ridiculous decision to reduce the numbers of competing countries at the World Cup. The non-test competitors have created some of the most memorable moments in the World Cup for mine - Sri Lanka in 79, Zimbabwe in 83 and 92, Kenya in 96 and 03, Bangladesh in 99, Ireland last time around. These are the strengths of the World Cup - not the weaknesses! Cricket is the only game that completely fails to take up the opportunities that the markets in these countries present. Cricket wants immediate results - it doesn't work that way, buddy. Sri Lanka took 17 years to win the World Cup after their efforts of '79. Ireland and Kenya were never going to take giant strides to test cricket within five years of their heroics, but let's also consider what support they've got from the major countries in the time since they took centre stage? Australia has done absolutely nothing, at least in terms of playing these countries away from World Cups and England tours, to play them

  • popcorn on October 18, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I hope ICC is sensible to prepare a round -robin type of schedule wherein ALL Teams play each other, Home, and Away, for at least three Tests.Otherwise you will againi have a situation where India calls itself number 1, without EVER winning a series abroad.

  • AussieMatt1974 on October 18, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    What another total mess the ICC is creating by reducing the numbers to 10 in future World Cups. They are mean't to be promoting the game throughout the world and instead they shut out countries like Ireland, Holland,Canada and Kenya, who are doing their darndest to get better and improve skills and understanding of the game in those countries. Back in 1907 the ICC made a massive mistake in only allowing British Empire countries to take part in world cricket when it was just taking off. They stopped the USA from competing at a high level and who knows what effect that had on the history of the sport then. Now they are ruining any chance the game has of spreading further in Europe and Africa in particular and to most other parts of the world.

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    10 teams world cup.. ? then it wont be called a "world" cup...btw with 10 teams in the world cup...better West Indies be cautious ... Bangladesh and Zimbabwe look stronger...and maybe Kenya Ireland who boast of better success in World events can give Wi a run for their money even for qualifying...and it wud be a total set back if Windies,who were once the giants are not a part of World cup...plz wake up...its not a champions trophy...!!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    this is rediculus... what the hell r u doing ICC... bring cricket in the competation with Fotball .... find people for cricket dont brake hearts on decreasing teams in World cup just increas the number of teams like Afghanistan,,,,,

  • swikar22 on October 16, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    what is the use of having ODIs? Why not just have 20-20 and Test cricket.To make 20-20 more strategic and fair game for bowlers the number of batsmen could be reduced to 6 or 7 instead of 10.This would make it a more even contest between batsmen and bowlers.

  • BlorScouser on October 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I must commend the ICC for approving the idea of a test championship. However, they must ensure that each series involves a minimum of 3 tests. I absolutely disagree with the decision to reduce the number of teams in the ODI world cup. If the number of teams are being reduced, i would then suggest that some sort of a qualifying system should be established. Maybe the two lowest ranked full member teams should play a qualifying tournament with the leading associates. The top associates should be given a chance to take part in the ODI league.This could be used to determine world cup qualification.

  • on October 20, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    This is a bad decision from the ICC. Instead of expanding world cup,they have reduced it.shame!!! Cricket cant be called a true global sport if it is played only in some 12-14 countries. also, the t-20 event cauld also be expanded to 18 or 20 teams whichcauld accomodate some teams from icc WCL div. 2. as with reducing the time, theycauld have a short format. ICC seriously needs some thinking over this.

  • CavemanX on October 19, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    It is deeply upsetting to see that ICC will reduce the World Cup to 10 teams from 2015. Can you even call it a World Cup! Like many people have said before, you dont need to reduce the number of teams to reduce the length of the World Cup. Just alter the format of the tournament to reduce the length. Teams like Ireland and Afganistan who need well deserved support will find it harder to become FULL ICC members. I have always said it and will say it again: CRICKET NEEDS MORE STRONG TEST TEAMS TO SUSTAIN ITSELF. Australia, England and India which are suppossed to be ambassadors of the game, what are you doing to help cricket become a truly world class sport.

  • on October 19, 2010, 21:50 GMT

    Crazy, we need to expand world cricket. WC the best place for it, if they want only ten teams so be it. BUT it should be open to any team to be there ie qualification series. Hmmm now would Zim, Bang plus my own Kiwi's voted for a WC format that they have a chance not to be in? Doesn't look good for these other nations. Were do Ireland go from here? I think there needs to be more teams with ODI status Namibia and UAE to start with and once you have it you hold onto it. The big players Eng,Aust,SA & India will always want to play more against each other but lets more nations with full member status.

  • fartarse09 on October 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    What an absolutely ridiculous decision to reduce the numbers of competing countries at the World Cup. The non-test competitors have created some of the most memorable moments in the World Cup for mine - Sri Lanka in 79, Zimbabwe in 83 and 92, Kenya in 96 and 03, Bangladesh in 99, Ireland last time around. These are the strengths of the World Cup - not the weaknesses! Cricket is the only game that completely fails to take up the opportunities that the markets in these countries present. Cricket wants immediate results - it doesn't work that way, buddy. Sri Lanka took 17 years to win the World Cup after their efforts of '79. Ireland and Kenya were never going to take giant strides to test cricket within five years of their heroics, but let's also consider what support they've got from the major countries in the time since they took centre stage? Australia has done absolutely nothing, at least in terms of playing these countries away from World Cups and England tours, to play them

  • popcorn on October 18, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    I hope ICC is sensible to prepare a round -robin type of schedule wherein ALL Teams play each other, Home, and Away, for at least three Tests.Otherwise you will againi have a situation where India calls itself number 1, without EVER winning a series abroad.

  • AussieMatt1974 on October 18, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    What another total mess the ICC is creating by reducing the numbers to 10 in future World Cups. They are mean't to be promoting the game throughout the world and instead they shut out countries like Ireland, Holland,Canada and Kenya, who are doing their darndest to get better and improve skills and understanding of the game in those countries. Back in 1907 the ICC made a massive mistake in only allowing British Empire countries to take part in world cricket when it was just taking off. They stopped the USA from competing at a high level and who knows what effect that had on the history of the sport then. Now they are ruining any chance the game has of spreading further in Europe and Africa in particular and to most other parts of the world.

  • on October 17, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    10 teams world cup.. ? then it wont be called a "world" cup...btw with 10 teams in the world cup...better West Indies be cautious ... Bangladesh and Zimbabwe look stronger...and maybe Kenya Ireland who boast of better success in World events can give Wi a run for their money even for qualifying...and it wud be a total set back if Windies,who were once the giants are not a part of World cup...plz wake up...its not a champions trophy...!!!

  • on October 17, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    this is rediculus... what the hell r u doing ICC... bring cricket in the competation with Fotball .... find people for cricket dont brake hearts on decreasing teams in World cup just increas the number of teams like Afghanistan,,,,,

  • swikar22 on October 16, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    what is the use of having ODIs? Why not just have 20-20 and Test cricket.To make 20-20 more strategic and fair game for bowlers the number of batsmen could be reduced to 6 or 7 instead of 10.This would make it a more even contest between batsmen and bowlers.

  • BlorScouser on October 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I must commend the ICC for approving the idea of a test championship. However, they must ensure that each series involves a minimum of 3 tests. I absolutely disagree with the decision to reduce the number of teams in the ODI world cup. If the number of teams are being reduced, i would then suggest that some sort of a qualifying system should be established. Maybe the two lowest ranked full member teams should play a qualifying tournament with the leading associates. The top associates should be given a chance to take part in the ODI league.This could be used to determine world cup qualification.

  • WindiesWillow on October 15, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Does this mean that all teams will get equal number of test matches against each other. This would be a good way to eliminate Sri Lanka, New Zealand & West Indies plying 3 match series while England & Australia play 5 match series no matter what!!!!

  • on October 15, 2010, 1:18 GMT

    ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL STATUS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO 12 TEAMS PERMANENTLY, FROM EUROPE, IRELAND SCOTLAND AND NETHERLANDS ,FROM OCEANIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA,FROM AFRICA, KENYA NAMIBIA AND UGANDA,FROM AMERICAS, CANADA USA AND BERMUDA,FROM ASIA, AFGHA...NISTAN AND NEPAL.AND THEN THEN 8 MORE TEAMS WITH T 20 STATUS LIKE MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE, UAE, HONG KONG, ITALY, FIJI,ARGENTINA, DENMARK WITH ODI STATUS FOR SOME SELECT TOURNAMENTS.MAY BE THESE WILL ENSURE A PROPER ONE DAY LEAGUE ALONG WITH DIVISIONAL STRUCTURES. ALSO THE FINAL OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL CUP SHOULD BE AWARDED TEST STATUS,WITH THE WINNERS OF THE TOURNAMENT BE AWARDED AN ONE OFF TEST MATCH AGAINST ANY OF THE TEST PLAYING NATIONS....

  • ch_immi on October 14, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    i dont know what the heck is wrong with ICC !!! They are going to spoil cricket just for the sake of money.... sorry to say but totally spineless people are running it......10 teams in WORLD CUP ??? Are you serious ??? Someone should make these people understand that the World Cup can easily be reduced by shortening the format but not by trimming the number of teams. Its so simple but who can make these non serious people understand ??? They see just one thing in future and that is making MONEY!!! Their anti-corruption department is absolutely a failure.....Absolutely biased against weaker boards like PCB....I don't know what will happen of cricket in future but i know one thing as long as these people are there Cricket is absolutely a MESS !!!

  • splites on October 14, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Good ideas, but don't brush the associates aside. They are good enough to play against the top sides. On the issue of the the FTP programme, I think that Test series should be a minimum o 3 matches. Should give teams a chance to win a series, unless one of the games is drawn, provided the series is locked @ 1 apiece. On the note about the ODI league, since it mirrors the rankings, the fixtures should be such that Associates play more matches, and more home and away series in particular, instead of just a visiting full member team playing a maximum of 2 matches before playing a major series against another full member. The league should also determine how matches are played using a seeding system, with the ODI Associate teams, according to rank, qualifying for the WC. It then increases the number of teams to 12. The Test Championship is a great idea, but this means then that the UDRS will be more critical now.

  • on October 14, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    10 team WC? Total Disgrace!! What a corrupt bunch of crooks!

  • lugujaga on October 14, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    is the icc becoming an elitist group? what happen to the all inclusive and spreading cricket arround the world bit? the icc will end up isolating the so called battom of the rank teams just because the are chasing the almighty dollar .the money trap will catch the icc just like it did mr modi and the ipl.the world cup tournaments should be expanding and be more inclusive not the other way arround.

  • T20man on October 14, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    16 team T20 Champs is a great idea! I applaud that decision. I also have nothing against the Test or ODI leagues. However I think the World Cup should have at least 12 teams (not 10). There should be some incentive for at least a couple of Associate teams to get onto the big stage, and improve in the process.

  • on October 14, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Finally something good coming from the ICC.But the ranking systems needs a rethink if they are to be used for qualification.They should be more transparent and they should have a proper structure.Associate nations will have a tough time qualifying in this format.I think the best solution for that is....Take the four top rank teams from the qualifying tournament they play and then give them a fair chance to compete with the top sides over four years and by doing so give them a chance to qualify for the final 10 by toppling a top side.That would make it wonderfully competitive and encourage the associate nations to do better and the exposure will be great for them unlike playing a one off WC and not playing the top sides for four years.

  • on October 14, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    16 teams in a 50-over WC, 4 groups of 4, then quarters, semis and a final. Guess that's only 20 matches in stead of the contracted 48. Oh, what the heck, one extra round with play-offs to give the 10 'real' members a chance to make up for being upset by one of the 'others'. Total of 28 matches, still need to find 20 more... add 4 countries? We have no right of claim in the Associates and are grateful for the handouts by the ICC. On the other hand, the ICC have no rightful claim to the self acclaimed status of a 'global' sport if there are only 10 real members and the rest is just necessary to please IOC and possibly some of the sponsors.

  • pjburrage on October 14, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Real joke of a decision by the ICC regarding the 10 team World Cup. Could easily have a 16 team tournament (4 groups of 4, 2 groups of 4 in QF, SF and Final - 39 games) in around 23/24 days if they bothered to schedule it properly. Criticism of 2007 World Cup was not about the amount of teams, but the length of time it took to do the tournament. 47 days to do the 2007 World Cup was just silly.

  • Maestro_of_Cricket on October 14, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    @Pankaj Mohan Dixit: What does Sri Lanka has to do with associate nations please? When SL won the WC in 1996, they were a full member Test playing nation! So yours is not a brilliant example, it is a really bad one. But of course I remember Kenya dismissing WI for 90 odd runs in a match. Is that what you were talking about?

  • on October 14, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    They need to completely rethink this. My opinion: 16 team ODI World Cup (4 groups of 4), 24 team T20 World Cup (6 groups of 4), a Test World Cup with the 10 test playing nations played over 1 month (2 groups of 5, then semis then final).

  • on October 14, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The World Cup is meant for everyone, and all must be given opportunity to compete, including the Associate members. Though, as an Indian, there would only be fewer percentage of matches watchable, it would be fine, if associate members also compete. Maybe, 12 teams, or let it be retained to 14. In the preliminary stages, it would be possible to hold more matches per day, to reduce the length.

  • tfjones1978 on October 14, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I like the changes for the following reasons: (1) Test tours now have a longer part with a 4 year start & end cycle and finals, so each match counts. This also allows say one-off Aust vs Ireland warm up tests before a tournament test. I would make 9th & 10th play eliminator series every 4 years against top 2 assoc countries and have a new classification "Test A" to include full member A Teams and Assoc ICup matches inc prev matches. (2) ODI league replaces home & away system already in, so it makes each match count. I would make the league 16 ODI teams home & away over 4 years with top 8 qualify for World Cup and last 2 spots are eliminators (9th to 12th and 17th to 20th). This would give assoc teams more exposure to ODI cricket, and I think they will do this. (3) T20 WC is a good start, but I would have regionally based qualifiers (say 2 or 3 week period) between all 3 levels with top 2 teams of each region directly qualifying and another 6 from an elimination competition.

  • on October 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Good decision... but should plan very well ..

  • on October 14, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I Think its not right to include such league otherwise players will be tired of their busy schedules and team performance will affect.

  • howizzat on October 14, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    ICC has started thinking in right direction. A four year Test C'ship giving the top 4 nations to fight it out in the last phase is a good idea. But minnows like Zimbabwe and Bangldesh should be excluded. They are yet not test material. But ODI league does not make any sense. Its a total crap. 10 nation ODI World Cup is ok and is the best option to eliminate inconsequential matches (75% of the tournament is like that) and to make the format shorter. At the same time Associate's grievances should be taken care of. This can be done by introducing a Qualifying tournament that should be conluded just 4-6 weeks before the actual WC. Top 8 nations can be seeded to the main event and the top 4 associates can fight out with the 9th and 10th placed nations for the last 2 places. Similarly C'trophy can be made a once in a four year event and be played by the top 6 nations drawn from the WC, within a year after the WC. Top 6 can vie for the cup in a league format, each one playing twice.

  • anush222 on October 14, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    ODI league is an excellent idea. Yes, there is the world cup to decide the champion, but ODI league has several reasons to exist. (1) It will render some meaning to all the inane ODI matches that goes on outside the world cup. (2) It could actually reduce the workload if implemented properly ... there should be specification on the number of expected matches between different nations over a period of time.. that specification should account for the expected workload.

    Top 10 teams compete for the world cup. If some side gets to improve, and get into top 10, they qualify for the world cup.What is the issue?

    All said, I don't see the need for two different limited overs versions. T20 has taken up the role of providing instant gratification, which was the role ODIs had. Lets get rid of ODI over the time. And make one last change that can ensure a result for every 5 day test match. How about reducing the number of wickets in the second innings to just 5, instead of 10?

  • uglyhunK on October 14, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Test League and ODI league gives context to FTP tours. Makes more sense. Sad most people don't understand this simple fact.

  • on October 14, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    3rd world so called countries running cricket !!! SHAMBOLIC

  • on October 14, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    ICC is nothing but a subsidiary of the BCCI, it is just ruining along the lines of those companies which became bankrupt in the times of the last depression, by reducing the no of teams in the next world cup, does it expects cricket to grow, it is living in it's own paradise,cricket will never grow it will rather reduce it's own popularity in the same old countries, such short sighted policy by these greedy morons will inevitably lead the game into great decline.actually i have no interest left in this game by seeing the same old countries, what a bore.......rather having 15 teams at the world cup divided into groups of three and then the super 6 would have led to the same 45 games.but who can make these fools realise who are living in their self made utopia..

  • on October 14, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    ICC is nothing but a subsidiary of the BCCI, it is just ruining along the lines of those companies which became bankrupt in the times of the last depression, by reducing the no of teams in the next world cup, does it expects cricket to grow, it is living in it's own paradise,cricket will never grow it will rather reduce it's own popularity in the same old countries, such short sighted policy by these greedy morons will inevitably lead the game into great decline.actually i have no interest left in this game by seeing the same old countries, what a bore.......rather having 15 teams at the world cup divided into groups of three and then the super 6 would have led to the same 45 games.but who can make these fools realise who are living in their self made utopia..

  • bobagorof on October 14, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    One thing that has always perplexed me in some of the more recent World Cups is that there is often only one match on per day. Of course this makes the whole thing go longer. Why not play different Pool matches on the same day (at different stadia), that way a whole set of Pool matches can be over in a week or so, with a Super 6/8 to take another week, then the semi-final and final. Whole thing takes 2 1/2 weeks. But please keep it every 4 years - if it's every year then it loses prestige. 'Yay we won! We're the best team in the wor... oh someone else is now..." And please give at least 2 Associates a chance to test themselves at the highest level. As for the Test league, how are series of different lengths going to be accommodated? 2 Test series given equal weight to a 5 Test Ashes series? And what is to stop the Ashes becoming just another chance for points instead of a showcase event?

  • on October 14, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    ODI World Cup - Top 10 only - EXCELLENT work ICC. In reponse to a comment posted by Oisin Marsh - yes! no one is concerned about the ICC associate teams. Such teams only strive for random upsets, which is meaningless. If you would have said that such teams can grow and go on to beat Australia and India regularly, then its different. Fact remains, only the top 8 need to be where they are; the rest add no value. FIFA is for football, a sport that is played by the entire world. Then why shouldn't FIFA have 64 or more teams participate in the World Cup. That is because only the qualified 32 can pull off a win or a decent run in the Finals (example Ghana or Uruguay). ICC has left room for an associate to come in if they win global tournaments and beat the bottom league teams like Bangladesh. But you know teams like Kenya only reached the semis in 2003 on the merit of forfeit games and only beat Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe to come there. This will make the 2015 event a solid show of the best.

  • D.V.C. on October 14, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    I'm annoyed that we have to have play-offs in Tests after a FOUR YEAR league, but otherwise things look ok. I would have preferred an ODI WC that was 12 teams, as 4 team groups would have given 1 weak team per group, but I'm willing to wait and see how it goes. But seriously you could play 4 years undefeated and then get knocked out in a semi!?

  • DennyCrane68 on October 14, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    From my previous email i have worked the 9 groups on sedings, it would be home and away, or if a nation wants could purchase rights to have tournament in thier country, another way for associates to make some money.

    Group A- Australia, Naminibia, Bermuda, Malaysia Group B - India, UAE, Uganda, Guernsey Group C - Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, Fiji Group D - South Africa, Canada, Denmark, Jersey Group E - England, Afgahistan, PNG, Singapore Group F - New Zealand, Kenya, Hong Kong, Bahrain Group G - Pakistan, Netherlands, USA, Argentina Group H - West Indies, Zimbabwe, Italy, Cayman Islands Group I - Bangladesh, Ireland, Nepal, Tanzania

    Using this you see some small nations bididng to host group, eg Bahrain or UAE, even the USA groups, with teams not being able to play in Pakistan the USA could host, a chance to spread the game, this should happen, and if a test nation misses out, well that happens, but the ICC wont let it happen

  • Nujee on October 14, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    stupid idea to reduce no. of teams in the world cup.......why have another odi league event??? what the hell is the icc thinking or is it even thinking at all??

  • DennyCrane68 on October 14, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    I believe reducing the world cup to 10 teams is a regressive move, what it shows is that the ICC dont believe they can make money from this, in other codes soccer the prime example they have increased team numbers, and even in the European championships in 6 years the numbers have increased.

    To make the world cup work with 10 teams, you need to make everyone qualify bar the host, so the 9 test nations, need to play the smaller nations like they do in FIFA, of course they must be seeded, you would have say 9 groups of 4 teams, so 36 nations would have a chance group 1 for example would be seed 1, 18,19, 36, top team qualifis, at least it gives the associates a chance of playing test nations on home and away basis.

    This would be the only way to give them a chance, maybe the 2nd place teams could play a tournament as well before the world cup, give them some exposure, and as teams would be known chance to sell the rights. I see this the only way to not harm the associates to hard.

  • Runster1 on October 14, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    awesome. Hope they start of the test championship with the same ladder as the test rankings. India and South Africa shud be the favourites. Nxt wud be Australia and England.

  • Sportsscientist on October 13, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    In the end test cricket had to be rejeuvenated.......with all the speculation a chamionship of some kind had to be created. Anything is better that what we have at present, but for future reference they must explore the 2 teir system. the FTP is a joke & would only work when you had Aus, NZ, Pak, Ind, Eng, Sri Lanka, & WI. Now the list has (and may continue to with possibly Ireland & afghanistan)started to grow. with 5/6 teams in each tier - it may work with promotion/relegation.....why do they ignore this option??? how ironic that when a test championship comes into existance, Clive Lloyd's team would necer be around to contest it.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 13, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    From reading the above I feel really positive about all of the plans for international cricket. Mind boggingly apposite.The icing on the cake is the idea of actually having a meaningful World Cup instead of a long drawn out irrelevance. Well done ICC. That is proper functioning!

  • on October 13, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Thank god that someone at the ICC has finally seen some sense. The last two ODI World Cups have been filed with meaningless games and teams that wouldn't have a snow flakes chance in hell of winning the tournament, let alone a single game. I'd go one step further and reduce any future ODI WOrld Cups to 8 teams, with the top 8 teams at the end of a qualifying period earning the right to participate. Let the other teams either play ODIs against each other or play T20. No more teams are needed in what is already a cluttered international calendar!

  • ygkd on October 13, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    What the game needs is less one day matches not less teams. Give the minnows their swim in a bigger pond. One day one will grow into a whale.

  • on October 13, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    interesting article. someone actually forced me to read this.

  • on October 13, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Probably this could be a quarter of year tournament.

  • on October 13, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Test Chamionship - Nice Idea and very well appreciated.

    ODI League - I fail to understand the reason why ODI league is required when World Cup is already there. The World Cup will loose its charm with so many other side events. Dont just think about money all time Mr. Powar.

    10 Team World Cup - This would be the end of cricket in other nations. I sense it as a conspiracy to bring T20 into the limelight for Associate Nations. World Cup is something we care for Mr. President. Give an opportunity to Associate nations to perform at a bigger platform. Sri Lankan in 1996 is such a brilliant example.

    16 Team T20 - Thumbs up ! This is ccol and appreciable again !

  • WasimHasanRaja on October 13, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    I think the Cricket World Cup should be every year. 50 ODI and T20 and they should have test match world cup. I think the PCB needs to keep a better eye on the players and activities and they need to punish them. There is some good decision coming out of ICC. Some of the team come in and mess up the torney and they dont do much after that.

  • eire on October 13, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    an absolute joke of a decision, how does the icc expect cricket to grow when there r only 10 teams the world cup.....You mite as well stop ODI cricket altogether for the associates,this was a kick in the teeth for them...I really wonder wot clowns run the icc, the 2015 world cup will be just as long and crap,the problem was the format not the number of teams.....at the 2011 event ireland & holland are going to cause a few surprise victories,this will not be allowed to happen in future events

  • Harshtmm on October 13, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    already there is heavy workload on the , this is ICC's way of wanting to make more money.

  • Harshtmm on October 13, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    un believable. how much more workload are we going to put on cricketers?

  • on October 13, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    The decision to reduce the World cup is just the latest example of the fact that the ICC has no intention of ever letting other nations enter the highest stage. They are more concerned over the economic fallout of one of the major teams being knocked out by minnows than actually improving the game. As Alex Spurge mentions, the ICC poll showed overwhelming support for the retention of the associate teams but they obviously don't care about what supporters want. At vipin.chaudhary2325 how can you say that the 4-6 teams add nothing and will be beaten. The reason Pakistan wen home early? Because they were beaten by the Irish. The Dutch and Irish beat test teams in the WT20 in England. The possibility of an upset is something that draws everyone into watching world cups. They want to see the underdogs be a success and now that draw is gone. The exodus of talented players from the associate nations will just get worse and worse now. The ICC are destroying the game

  • RollicksRapenzel on October 13, 2010, 20:09 GMT

    Wel wats da use Of dis crap ODI league when there is World Cup And Champions Trophy... This ODI League will make this bigger tournaments useless then... Wat have they thought while introducing dis tournament... Test league is a gud thing but again why nOt all the top 8 test status teams been given a chance... play a knockout amongst these nations... But atleast give each of them a chance to stage in the league otherwise whats da use then of having a tournament like this... Nd Wel what a kind of decision is this of having 10 teams only in a worldcup... Wel it shud be done in Champions trophy but not in worldcup... Its a huge tournament and by doing this they are actually limiting the scope of cricket...

  • Pferder on October 13, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    Test league sounds like it could help rejuvinate things, but the top teams (likely to qualify) already value the game I feel, and perhaps big "classic" series such as the Ashes, Wisden trophy, Border-Gavaskar will be lost. Im interested to see the fixture/scoring system used, surely if it's a league can you have some teams playing 2 test series whilst others last 4 or 5? What happens in draws etc.

    As a supporter of associate cricket I think the 50 over world cup decision is a bad idea. How can it be a "World Cup" when many nations are excluded. The world cup is meant to be a celebration of global cricket, not a chance for the tradional powerhouses to raise big money. Very disappointing. Surely this new ODI league can provide the big nations with their elite league.

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    Can ICC think that ODI will survive till 2015 ? If yes then they are living in a fool's paradise. After 2011 WC they should scrap the ODI's alltogether and add More test matches and T20s to the calender. Three formats doesnt make any sense. Test cricket being the purest and best format should be supported by organising it at the centers of ICC's choice. They can also introduce one clause that on any away tour ,the visiting team should choose the centers of their choice for the test matches.It would bring in more level playing field . Kanpur and Perth both can be compared on more or less equal terms. Y is it that only a fast pitch is considerd a good pitch and rank turner is considerd bad. ...just a thought...

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Test and ODI leagues seem like a good idea, and if they don't work the system can always be changed. Reducing the World Cup is a disastrous move, motivated purely by the desire to sell as many high profile matches as possible to the TV channels. ODI cricket is the bedrock of the ICC's other 95 members and this decision is effectively assigning all the time and investment of the last 10 years to the scrapheap, just as the Associates are getting competitive.

    A 16 team world cup with 4 groups of 4 which goes straight to quarter finals (or 2x super 4 groups) is by far the best format. The proposed 2015 format will be a turgid mini version of the 4 year ODI championship with nothing interesting to commend it - a World Cup in name only.

  • addiemanav on October 13, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    why shame on india??to be frank there are many teams that dont even deserve to be playing tests!!

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    would pakistan be in the 10 teams?

  • on October 13, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Test and ODI leagues seem like a good idea, and if they don't work the system can always be changed. Reducing the World Cup is a disastrous move, motivated purely by the desire to sell as many high profile matches as possible to the TV channels. ODI cricket is the bedrock of the ICC's other 95 members and this decision is effectively assigning all the time and investment of the last 10 years to the scrapheap, just as the Associates are getting competitive.

    A 16 team world cup with 4 groups of 4 which goes straight to quarter finals (or 2x super 4 groups) is by far the best format. The proposed 2015 format will be a turgid mini version of the 4 year ODI championship with nothing interesting to commend it - a World Cup in name only.

  • on October 13, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    The decision taken by ICC regarding test championship is not well thought. I think the test championship format needs to done considering the attitude of test playing countries. For example Bangladesh is playing test cricket for last ten years.Though India was the first team to play test in Bangladesh, but they have never invited Bangladesh to play even a test match in India. Shame, as India always think about business. I agree with Rakesh_Sharma.About T20 and ODI more number of countries should be given chance to play World Cup, other wise cricket will not be a Global game.

  • Agermeister on October 13, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    At Vipin Chaudhary - The extra 4-6 teams do everything to the game, you say everyone knows they will be beaten but then go how bad 2007 World Cup was when India and Pakistan were knocked out, it shows that they can pull of great performances and shocks which is great for the game and spreading it. The only reason no on cared for WC 2007 because the Super Eights stage went on too long, it should be split into 2 groups of 4. 2011-12 is could be a bit poor and long winded and I don't really want to watch the 2015 one really, its just another Champions Trophy.

    No other sport would be so elitest and cut off the game to countries and I totally agree with what realredbarron has said. T20 alone isn't the way to build and grow cricket, but the ICC doesn't care about them and spreading the game, it cares about making profits from India and the BCCI has the whole game in it's control.It's about money, just look how they only care about cricket in China/USA, rather than Ireland or Netherlands.

  • on October 13, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    A test league involving all the 10 teams will be unexciting and tiring. Wat is gonna be real exciting is a league involving India, Australia, England and South Africa playing each other home and away. I don't think this teams want to play the rest.

  • nzcricket174 on October 13, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    At least this is a start for world cricket.

  • amar29 on October 13, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Introducing test championship is a very good decision taken by the icc....but running a odi league and reducing the wc teams to 10 is not required....icc is realy doing a bit much which should not be done if they want to promote cricket in other countries as well.....doing this may end the importance of world cup....there will be no flagship event for cricket through which one can know who is the world champions....

  • on October 13, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    The test championship is agood idea as it will lead to more competitive cricket as Test series are now becoming meaningless. I agree with @tony rai because there are two many tournaments. It need to become a simpler and more competitive game on the whole. The reason that there aren't many greats in world cricket at the moment is because there isn't the same interest that there used to be and test cricket isn't considered the MAIN GAME.

  • on October 13, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    Hmmm. Lets suppose SA wins ODI World Cup, Aus wins ODI League, Pak wins T20 World Cup, and India wins Test Championship.... WHO THE HELL WOULD BE CALLED THE WORLD CHAMPION THAN?

  • vipin.chaudhary2325 on October 13, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    good to hear these kind of championship and league.... hope cricket will remain interesting..... but why doing it so late.... lets start it in 2011-2012... really want to see a worldcup of 10 teams.... because extra 4-6 teams do no gain to the game, everyone knows they will be beaten.... everyone remember 2007 world cup, in which Pakistan and India were out in first round only.. if at dat time there might be 2 groups only.... people should have seen more matches of India and pakistan... and stadium should will be full.... but so sad dat 2007 world cup was a flop show.... west indies got nothing from dat worldcup....

  • on October 13, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Disgraceful decision do reduce the World Cup to 10 teams. The ICC had a poll, which they promptly removed when the majority of people wanted 14 teams to be retained. It bodes the question: What is the point of Associate cricket? Other sports like football and rugby expand their auidence and are truely global. Only the morons running the ICC could make a condition of appearing in a World Cup that you have to be a member of an exclusive club. Wow, truely a World Cup eh. Why shouldn't Ireland be allowed to play? Why shouldn't they be promoted to Test cricket? This decision is an insult to cricketers and cricket lovers. Too many matches is a crap excuse... it's all about the money isn't it Haroon and the BCCI???

  • j-t-9-5 on October 13, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    I don't disagree with the test league, but then england will have 2 play australia in a test match, not competing for the ashes and this is an example of where it will not work coz crowds my be smaller than wat they would in the ashes. Also the ICC are trying 2 get cricket 2 appeal more to associate nations and when u only have 10 teams in a world cup, 8 of which are test playing nations and will be there so theres not much scope of development of ODI cricket there

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 13, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    This is work of Indian board.They are interested in only themselves. It has promoted Bangladesh for only business reasons. What short of world cup is this . How about Ireland etc. As it is go outside indian subcontinent , no one talks about cricket. well promote cricket. Way to go. HA Ha Ha Pawar shown in Photo, Most currupt politician in India.

  • realredbaron on October 13, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    The game of cricket will never expand as long as ICC is controlling the game in the fashion they are running it now. Look at soccer world cup! A team like Australia is no where close to Germany in soccer. But should that argument lead us to ban Australia from playing in the world cup. Countries will only get better by playing more and more in tougher competition. The reason why teams like Kenya, UAE or Netherlands don't improve even though they are playing in cricket world cups for some time is because the game has no popularity in those countries. However if one looks at Bangladesh, a country where cricket was not even a popular sport 20 years ago, the positive effect of playing in tougher competiton is evident. That's because in Bangladesh or Afghanistan, cricket has a future due to popularity of the game. This horrible decision by ICC will hamper the progress of cricket in countries like Afghanistan and Nepal. Cricket will suffer as a result of this suicidal ellitist decision!

  • Thunee_man_Naidoo on October 13, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I'm all in favour of a test championship, but whats the point of having an ODI leage championship, it just detracts from the World Cup. Also raising the number of teams in the World T20 is a good idea, but lowering it in World Cup is by far the worst decision they made. They've basically limited international ODI competitions to the 10 test playing nations (this including Zimbabwe(.

  • mitgop11 on October 13, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    With respect to test championship, i think we are jumping a few steps. I dont think we are ready for a 4 year long test championship. In a test championship, we expect every team to play every other team same number of tests both home and away. Which means that every team should tour two countries every year and host two countries every year as well. Now, think of this scenario. England travel to Australia every four years to play five test matches whereas Sri Lanka and Bangladesh gets two tests. Without FTP ratification to address this issue, i dont think the system will have any value in it. Apart from that, four years is a good time while we can see teams raising and falling and a good race to the table top will help create interest in test cricket. But, as i said earlier, this level can be achived only with a proper FTP approved fixtures with level playing field for all teams. For a start, i dont see BCCI agreeing for same number of test fixtures with Bangladesh as with Australia!

  • kpradyu060 on October 13, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    scrap champions trophy its meaningless!!!

  • --.-- on October 13, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    In 2013, we might NOT get to see many legends / good cricketers like Sachin, Ponting, Dravid, Laxman, Mohd. Yousuf, Kallis, Hussey, Boucher, Collingwood etc. ..Oh God ! Cricket will be meaningless without them.

  • on October 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Very interesting. Australia has now been demoted to No.5. I wonder - what is their thought now on two tier test teams. We probably should put foward the arguments - 6 teams in lower Tier and 4 teams in higher tier - that way you can reduce the work load. How about that???

  • on October 13, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    "Dravid has not been sent because the team management expects him to fullfil the role Laxman did, esp when the ball is reverse swinging. Dravid hasn't come in at 3: his overall 4th-innings average is 44.59,."Tendulkar didn't hit a 6 for the first 4 yrs of his Test career."Tendulkar roars! Rahul just smiles. " On his own batting this year: "I don't count. Let the others count. I just want to continue scoring, (for myself only)..hahahaha..A test Championship..Right..Me not retiring now..hahhahha..

  • on October 13, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    This sport is ELITIST only !!! As a Bermudian Cricket im deeply disappointed i can never realize my dreams in this sport, i should take them court for WASTING MY LIFE playing it in the hopes that I can one day play in Australia or India. Seems like my only hope is to abandon my country and go play for ENGLAND (Just like the Irish and South African rejects do)

  • dragqueen1 on October 13, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    i wish the ICC would just be honest with themselves & ban cricket from being played outside of the Test nations.

  • JJ_Irl on October 13, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    "The lengthy tournament is itself a smaller version than the 2007 event, which was widely criticised for including 16 sides and taking too long."

    In 2007 there were 51 matches. In 2011 there will be 49 matches. In 2015, with only 10 teams, there will be 48 matches. Thankfully kicking the associate members out has led to a massive reduction in games!

  • on October 13, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I think ICC will change the World Cup to a 20/20 format in the future. Seems they want to put ODI out of it in some time. The 20/20 Tournament will do more success than ever right now...even more than the World Cup.

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    well it is a good move........... but the ICC shud ensure that the top test teams do not play the world cup directly all of them shud come to the main tournament after playing qualification rounds......... it is not fair that the associate countries fight for a place and the top test teams play directly........... at least in t-20 s each and every country shud play qualification round to come to the main stage. Otherwise the associates will be tired b4 the world cup and no new one day teams will be selected.......... probably it is the first step to strangulate the formation of new ODI teams ... A world cup is a global tournament.... see the FIFA it could easily arrange world cup among the euro and south american top10 teams , but it does not do that......

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    This is great news but till 2013 our master Sachin Tendulkar willl be retiered but goood for youngster and good for sake of test matches cricket...

  • cricjeeva on October 13, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    My two cents. Not sure if this will still make all the Test matches interesting. I believe, this will be a parallel league and there will still be Test matches played which will be meaningless and does not account for anything. What we need is a championship/league which will make each and every test match meaningful. Otherwise, we will still see 1 or 2 Test Series which is utterly meaningless.

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    ICC want to make Cricket an Elite Sport, there is nothing good about the 2015 World Cup, it's sickening the way they treat smaller Cricket Nations...

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    finally an test match champioship tht wud be amazing

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    why not a test tournament containing big 8 teams on knock out basis? and if draw, highly ranked team wins... it was suggested earlier. it was goood

  • AndrewHammond on October 13, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    It's good news if you support a test playing nation, as more ICC money will be pumped towards those countries and the associate teams will be left out to dry. No more Intercontinental Cup and now no World Cup for the 'minnows'. Thanks a lot ICC.

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    Why is WORLD mentioned all the time ? 10 so called teams !!!

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    cricket is always interesting game n with this change it will be more exciting for us .

  • on October 13, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    This is a nonsense system... why must it take four years to conclude? Forget tours... why can't there be more tests? Just basic one-off tests? It is easily possible for each team to play every test playing team a minimum of once every year. this system is much like my sister-in-law: overweight, stupid and creates more problems than it solves.

  • another_cricket_lover on October 13, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    seems like the only way to promote test cricket is a championship (as far as ICC is concerned), the focus should rather be on the promoting cricket and finding innovative ways to keep test cricket alive. a two match test series is ridiculous, ICC should be drawing standards like setting up minimum tests per year or two year for every test nation, home and away matches, etc. setting up these championships by keeping in mind who's best is not going to help any form of cricket, it seems to be more targeted towards money. T20 is not a form of cricket that ICC should be looking at to give exposure to Associate teams, they need to make sure they get enough opportunity to learn basics of cricket the right way.

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    What ICC should do is, every 5 years they should erase the ranking slate and start from 0 points for each team. Then it will be more competitive and every team will have chances to be new number 1.

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    nothing could be better than tht, there ll some more opportunity for youngsters to come n play some exciting cricket for their nations!!!

  • vissu295 on October 13, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    Good move. Now please scrap champions trophy too.

  • ravithecricbuff on October 13, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    good one...just hope the likes of Tendulkar and Dravid stay long enough to Play the first Test Championship final and win it!!

  • JJ_Irl on October 13, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    This decision kills associate cricket; a World Cup cannot be only for 10 teams, it has to be open to all to at least qualify for. The ICC are still embarrassed by the inept performances by Pakistan, Zimbabwe and India in 2007 and have now shut the door to any potential repeat of the heroics by countries like Ireland. Its a decision made by the big countries for the benefit of themselves, not of the game. A new format to the WC could have easily been set up, to reduce the length of the tournament and keep the stronger associate nations involved, like the format of the Under 19 WC, but the lazy option was taken. Its a disgraceful decision and should not be welcomed.

  • A_J.. on October 13, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    gud news.....................

    i hope dis will make Test Cricket more intresting>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    The odd thing is here is ODI league!! If there is WC for crowning best, then how it make sense to have two champions simultaneously at the same time? Running a meaningful ODI games does make sense, but it can be a qualifying round for WC. I cant understand how the ICC thinks abt this. As the no. of teams are reduced to 10 for WC and therefore making it almost impossible for teams like Ireland/Kenya/Scotland to qualify. Making ODI league as a qualifying round for it will help associate members to play more ODIs. Test Championship is good as well as expanding T20 WC.

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    This is an absolute disaster for Irish cricket. 50 over cricket has always been the bread and butter of domestic Irish cricket and now with we're effectively been told to focus entirely on 20/20 because the short format gives the illusion its more competitive. We might as well cancel any test status application because 20 over cricket will not produce players capable of playing tests. 'opportunities for Associate members to play ODIs', what exactly will this entail? I thought we were already supposed to be getting opportuniites to play ODIS,so will we now get 3 ODIs every summer instead of the 1 or 2 we currently get? And of course the same applies to the other associate countries, especially afghanistan who in the last few years have improved exponentially

  • BellCurve on October 13, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    4 years is too long. India is currently the strongest side in world. Therefore, if the league starts now India will win most of their matches. But in 4 years time, with Laxman, Tendulkar and Dravid gone, and Sehwag fading away fast (alla Viv Richards) they may not be so strong. But they may still qualify for the final based on the good results they have acheived 3-4 years ago. Which could set up the biggest anti-climax in the history of the game.

  • backwardpoint on October 13, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Representations from all continents, is it @ Abhishek Verma. Thats interesting, really. First time seeing a view like that. If this is really true, I wonder who the ICC plan to draft for Antartica... 11 not-exactly-mobile penguins, probably?

    I really thought the council was upto no good all the while. Suddenly, there is a gentle whiff of some sense going on there. It remains to be seen if they made good on their promise.

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    This has just SETBACK Globalisation for another 10 years!!! UNBELIEVABLE, someone should be able to take the ICC and Cricket Boards to the CAS courts and press charges for ELITISM!!!! Cricket should not be allowed to be called INTERNATIONAL anymore with only 10 teams playing at the top level. its a COUNTRY CLUB!!! Even the crappy sport of BASEBALL has more teams around the world playing in the WBC then Cricket does in ANY of its tournaments. Me as a young Bermudian player, this DISGUSTS me!!

  • on October 13, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    it is good news for test playing countries, but really bad news for associate countries like( afganistan, kenya, netherland, ireland ). in the last few years, these countries played so well ( eg 2007 wc ireland win against pakistan). people wanted to see upset in the gane, and that is the big advertisement for this game. test championship should be good for dead test cricket. but it should be even more better when more countries are adde this game. i think, more country added to this game should act like oxygen. it is true that first few years they will not played well. but after passing a few year they should be also show their quality. icc..............please think that!!!!!!!!!!

  • CricketPissek on October 13, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    good plan. hope it works :) cricket's not big enough to have a year long worldcup qualifying period, and not small enough to have all interested parties in the worldcup! invite them all for a snappy World T20, and only have the top 10 teams at a certain cut-off point in the 50 Over World Cup. The ICC seriously needs to regulate the number of random ODIs eries being played though. As much income as they generate for SLC, these stupid India-Sri Lanka series need to come to an end! Also, there is no excuse for a ridiculous 6 or 7 match ODI series.

  • MaruthuDelft on October 13, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    There is no point in endeavouring to sustain ODI's; T20 has every better bits of the ODIs; stagnation, accilaration and even individual centuries; as a temporary arrangement 2011 WC should be changed into a T20 WC; then T20 qualifications should be tied to performances in the Test Cricket leaques; that is for example the 5th country which qualifies for the Test League (for 2014 Test WC its Sri Lanka) earns the right to play T20s against the top nations; 5 T20s home and abroad so 30 in 3 years; If Semi Final or Final Test Worl Cups end draws T20s will break the tie; if the Final Test produces a result the loser has an opportunity to become the T20 World Champio; Points System; Test win 5 points; Test Draw 2 points; T20 win 1 point; Maximum points a country can earn during a 3 year qualification period 180 points.

  • Razor88 on October 13, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    not bad, not bad at all........ I think ICC should Give limitations, Each player can be allowed in only 2 formats(ODI,T20 n Test).. Which will allow lot more players to participate...... No point in having good players in the wings who dose not get a look in... N certainly Some players are not gonna get a chance in Test (Pathan Bro's,Cameron White etc...etc...). So it would be better for them to conc on the other 2 formats with out being left out.... We should be Fair to Each player...

  • JerBish on October 13, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    This is NOT good news at all! Reducing the World Cup to 10 teams is a short-sighted action which serves only the fat cat full members at the expense of the associate and affiliate members. No more Pakistan being humiliated by Ireland or Kenya reaching the latter stages - just the same old, same old boring games to be sold to and shown on Sky at the time of their choosing. A World Cup should be open to all countries - look at football, rugby, etc. - not just the top 10! This pathetic decision is not about cricket, it is about money and TV rights - just like all the other recent ICC actions.

  • akshayUNITED on October 13, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Sharad & Haroon doing the job at last..way to go big boys..

  • kpradyu060 on October 13, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    no need of any odi league.one days should be scrapped and limit the number of matches played by india.The bcci's greed has made it exhausting for players and even for spectators.in the interest of cricket please try to improve the quality of cricket.

  • MaruthuDelft on October 13, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    Every Test Cricketer from every one of the 5 countries must be paid equal; likewise players in the other leagues too must be paid equal on differring lower scales; ICC must support poorer countries who opt for ICC sponsorship of tours; BCCI should support ICC.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    What a disgrace. Ten team World Cup. The Associates have already begun the qualifying procedure for the 2015 World Cup. What other serious world sporting body would even consider moving the goalposts after the game has started. Cricket needs to develop globally to thrive in the modern era. Becoming more insular will not help this but only close countries out. Looks very much to me like the ICC is trying to avoid India being knocked out early and therefore losing money from television. ICC , please remember what cricket is. Whilst it does generate money, it is not a business but a sport.

  • andrew.henshaw on October 13, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    Disgraceful. What is the point of the ICC investing that much money in affiliates/associates if they are not even given a CHANCE on the world stage. There had better be at least a proper qualification tournament (Teams ranked 7,8,9,10,11,12 and possibly 13,14). the ICC talks about 'opportunities' for associates to play full members but in reality these matches are going to be seldom to non existant. Afghanistan has had ODI status for over a year and has not played ONE full member ODI match.

  • MaruthuDelft on October 13, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Only 4 countries have keen fans to sustain Test Cricket; India, England, Australia and SothAfrica; one more team qualifying from tier 2 can be added to make it a Test League of 5; the tier 2 should contain Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Banglash plus a fifth team qualifying from tier 3; tier 3 would have Zim, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana/Jamaica and an other qualifying country; there is room for 3 more leagues. Only the first league matches should be given Test Status; tier 2 First Class status; others non. Starting in 2011 every country plays 5 Tests at home and 5 abroad so 30 matches by 2013. In 2014 the Semi Final Test Series and the 'Final Test Match' held in countries that qualify; not necessarily in England; Semi Final Series Venue preference India, Englad, Australia, South Africa and the Fifth country.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    WHAT ? CAN ANY BODY EXPLAIN ME???

  • Harshtmm on October 13, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    this is bad news and joke of a format. I think this will totally destroy cricket if T20 hasn't already.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    an absolute joke that the world cup is being reduced to 10 teams.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Agree with the other proposals but a 10 team 'World Cup' is a joke. Just when the likes of Ireland and Holland are getting very competitive the ICC effectively throws them out of the running for 2015 without even waiting to see how they fare in the 2011 tournament first. Also Afghanistan's dream of playing in a World Cup is now virtually ruled out until 2019. A move by the powers that be to stop any chance of India or Pakistan getting knocked out of the competition early on, as happened in 2007.

    Also the 95 Associates and Affiliates having 3 votes between them while the 10 test nations have 10 must make the ICC the most undemocratic International sporting body there is. For shame ICC.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Test championship - good news.

    ODI league - not bad...

    World Cup reduced to 10 teams - what a backward step for cricket as a world game. I wait with interest to see how any Associate team is expected to qualify for this. Quality of the cricket at the World Cup is a noble aim - but a closed shop where only the rich prosper is bad news for crickets worldwide development. The associate teams will now be spending 4 years preparing for potentially 2 x 20 over matches...

    Ireland or Zimbabwe? I can guess how the ICC will vote on something like that even though Ireland are 10th rated ODI team in the world....

    Many of the best stories of the past few world cups have involved the minnows - and that goes for other global games (rugby,football) as well...

    Disappointing

  • Ramaneesh on October 13, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    wonderful move by icc... what this will do is that selectors will almost always select the best possible XI to play matches as every match is going to be a part of a league... and not like how indian selectors has selected the team for the upcoming 3-match series against australia... such a weakened team in the disguise of giving youngsters a chance which has ultimately gone on to reduce the charm of the much anticipated one day series

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    great news.... atleast test cricket won't die afterall!!!

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    All the decisions are good except the 10 Nation WC. 10 Nation WC is one the disastrous decision ICC has taken. What right does Bangladesh to play the WC when it lost to Ireland, Netherlands and other associate's in the world cup and other matches. The test Championship and One Day Cricket restructuring is an excellent decision to add sense to series that will be played under FTP. I hope 10 nation is changed to 12 Nation atleast.

  • Muzgrob on October 13, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Disappointed in reduction of world cup teams... All it needed was a change in format and scheduling, not lowering the amount of teams... Now as far as I am concerned the ODI WC is a waste of time, 10 teams isn't anywhere near enough.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I am excited about this. After the recent India Australia series, test cricket has finally received much needed appreciation. I can see only one outcome that is beneficial to everyone: T20s for the publicity, Tests for quality and ODIs withering away slowly. This approval is the first step towards all three goals. I am glad that the administrators are finally opening their eyes to the issues raised by all cricket pundits.

  • TheGecko on October 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Hope the play offs are held as home and away matches.. Tests can't be held at neutral venues, as was seen in the recent series between aus and pak in england.

  • Pratik_vodka on October 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Test championship is fine but a play off doesnt make too much sense .. but will be a exciting to watch as for sure the best 4 will have to play each other, if its just a 1 off test then it will be disappointing. ODI league makes so much sense, where actually being number 1 is of some significance. great work from ICC finally some positives from them after all.

  • ArnavSingh on October 13, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    A really good decision taken by the ICC, now I hope they scrap the senseless CHAMPIONS TROPHY tournament. I would also hope that ICC makes the WORLD T20 CHAMPIONSHIP, a once in four year event, rather than once in two year event. Besides this ICC will have to work out a system where all teams can play equal no of Tests and ODI's, only then will the most deserving sides get an opportunity to play the playoff's. The present FTP lags that. One one hand ENGLAND play 13 tests on average every year while, teams like NEW ZEALAND AND SRILANKA play only 8 test on average every year. Mr. Sharad Pawar you will have to find a solution for this problem, Only then will this TEST CHAMPIONSHIP make sense.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I am quite pleased at the progress, something need to be laid down, and im glad to see that ODI cricket has not been scrapped, because it is a valuable and entertaining game in its own right. Perhaps the only thing I would like to see considered here though is making the ODI world cup a 12 team event instead of 10, the associates deserve the opportunity and it gives them something to aim for as a money raiser and a chance for the fans in those countries to see their teams compete. Other than that i am pleased, but I would also like to see the test championship open too expansion in the future too, especially with Ireland on the verge of Test status and and a host of other associates improving fairly quickly, in the next 15 years we could see and influx of new test teams with Ireland pushing hard, a hugely popular and successful afghanistan team, a developing Canada and Scotland too, and lets not brush off Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Netherlands, Bermuda, and a host of other associate teams

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    but odi should be scraped forever now......'coz 3 format will not last forever

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    this is good news. really

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    So happy that this is moving forward, will ensure further than future tests are competitive and sounds like 2013 is going to be an amazing year for cricket fans in the UK! Hopefully sky will have lost their chokehold on the coverage by then as well!

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    makes sense .. rather than representation from all the continents (eg Argentina) what is more important is that the Quality of World Cup should be maintained. Spectators/ viewers would be happier if there are more close matches rather than one sided encounters. Test League, hmmmm .. that should be quite exciting..

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  • on October 13, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    makes sense .. rather than representation from all the continents (eg Argentina) what is more important is that the Quality of World Cup should be maintained. Spectators/ viewers would be happier if there are more close matches rather than one sided encounters. Test League, hmmmm .. that should be quite exciting..

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    So happy that this is moving forward, will ensure further than future tests are competitive and sounds like 2013 is going to be an amazing year for cricket fans in the UK! Hopefully sky will have lost their chokehold on the coverage by then as well!

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    this is good news. really

  • on October 13, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    but odi should be scraped forever now......'coz 3 format will not last forever

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    I am quite pleased at the progress, something need to be laid down, and im glad to see that ODI cricket has not been scrapped, because it is a valuable and entertaining game in its own right. Perhaps the only thing I would like to see considered here though is making the ODI world cup a 12 team event instead of 10, the associates deserve the opportunity and it gives them something to aim for as a money raiser and a chance for the fans in those countries to see their teams compete. Other than that i am pleased, but I would also like to see the test championship open too expansion in the future too, especially with Ireland on the verge of Test status and and a host of other associates improving fairly quickly, in the next 15 years we could see and influx of new test teams with Ireland pushing hard, a hugely popular and successful afghanistan team, a developing Canada and Scotland too, and lets not brush off Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Netherlands, Bermuda, and a host of other associate teams

  • ArnavSingh on October 13, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    A really good decision taken by the ICC, now I hope they scrap the senseless CHAMPIONS TROPHY tournament. I would also hope that ICC makes the WORLD T20 CHAMPIONSHIP, a once in four year event, rather than once in two year event. Besides this ICC will have to work out a system where all teams can play equal no of Tests and ODI's, only then will the most deserving sides get an opportunity to play the playoff's. The present FTP lags that. One one hand ENGLAND play 13 tests on average every year while, teams like NEW ZEALAND AND SRILANKA play only 8 test on average every year. Mr. Sharad Pawar you will have to find a solution for this problem, Only then will this TEST CHAMPIONSHIP make sense.

  • Pratik_vodka on October 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Test championship is fine but a play off doesnt make too much sense .. but will be a exciting to watch as for sure the best 4 will have to play each other, if its just a 1 off test then it will be disappointing. ODI league makes so much sense, where actually being number 1 is of some significance. great work from ICC finally some positives from them after all.

  • TheGecko on October 13, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Hope the play offs are held as home and away matches.. Tests can't be held at neutral venues, as was seen in the recent series between aus and pak in england.

  • on October 13, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    I am excited about this. After the recent India Australia series, test cricket has finally received much needed appreciation. I can see only one outcome that is beneficial to everyone: T20s for the publicity, Tests for quality and ODIs withering away slowly. This approval is the first step towards all three goals. I am glad that the administrators are finally opening their eyes to the issues raised by all cricket pundits.

  • Muzgrob on October 13, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Disappointed in reduction of world cup teams... All it needed was a change in format and scheduling, not lowering the amount of teams... Now as far as I am concerned the ODI WC is a waste of time, 10 teams isn't anywhere near enough.