The International Cricket Council is likely to give a nod for the much awaited World Test Championship, as they sit for discussions at a meeting scheduled in New Zealand this week, as per reports. The main aim behind its introduction is to stop the downfall of the longest format and revive it.
In the current times, new T20 leagues are springing up every year in each country serving as a huge blow to the charm of Test cricket. To revive that glory, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided to introduce the World Test Championship. Plans for a nine-nation Test championship are now well advanced and the council is set to give the concept a green light on Friday at a meeting in Auckland, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The first edition of the competition would run over a two-year cycle beginning in 2019, culminating in a final between the top two teams at Lord’s. James Sutherland, the Cricket Australia chief executive told the Herald, "You’re also creating structure in such a way that you no longer have games without meaning. They are all part of a league championship.”
There has been a growing preference amongst the players of the shorter format of the game over Test cricket, which has downtrodden the popularity of the of the game. A recent innovation designed to reverse the trend is the introduction of day-night Test matches so that they can invite more viewers. The idea of four-day Test matches has also been suggested but traditionalists have opposed it.
It said a 13-nation ODI league was being considered, which would operate on a three-year cycle with results affecting World Cup qualification. Under the proposal, nations would play three Test-match series at home and three away over the two years of the championship, while in the ODI league there are two home-and-away series each year.