Sunil Gavaskar presents Indian cricket captain the ICC Test Mace during the fourth Test match between India and Australia in Dharamsala on March 28, 2017. The ICC planning a Test championship over a two-year cycle.The International Cricket Council(ICC) 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 from the big hitting tournaments like Twenty-20.

The sport’s governing body has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the five-day format’s popularity as crowds and television viewers flock to the big-hitting Twenty-20 version of cricket.

But all the fuss over formats and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged have twice stalled efforts to launch a league structure since 2010.

According to the reports, a nine-nation test championship over two years from 2019 and a 13-nation ODI league over three years are in the waiting list.

Under the proposal, nations would play three test 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.

“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,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said told.

 

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