CHANGES TO TAKE PLACE IN
are now underway by the International Cricket Council (ICC) to have a three tier
system for test cricket in order to correct the imbalance between the very
strong teams and the weak ones.
which was the leading cricketing nation in the world in the 1970s and early
1980s will not have to struggle to maintain its position to compete with top
teams like South Africa, Australia, England, Pakistan, India, and New Zealand.
The Caribbean players have a lot of work since they are sliding every match. It
is unbelievable that Brian Lara's team allow a No. 9 batsman from Bangladesh to
score a century on Saturday, and the weak Asian side to amass more than 400 runs
in St. Lucia.
Richardson, the ICC's general manager is now presiding over discussions on a
proposal to restrict Test cricket, while the next two rungs would consist of 12
teams split in two divisions of six each.
Teams in the
elite group would be required to play each other in home and away series --
comprising of two or three Tests each in order to ensure that a full round of
Test series takes not more than three years instead of the current five, with
every team playing 14 test matches.
The move to
re-organize the format for test cricket came following constant requests from
leading cricketers in the world.
It is proposed
that the second-division matches would be four day games, played on a home and
away basis. The winning division would then take on the team which finished last
in the elite group in a one-off Test Victory in that match would promote the the
division winner into the elite group. It seems therefore, that from the currrent
standings in the ICC Test Championship table, West Indies will be battling
Bangladesh to avoid relegation.
is also for teams not good enough to make it to the top 14, but has the
potential to move up the ladder, there is also a proposal for those teams as
well. As with the second division, the team topping the third tier will also get
an opportunity to be promoted.
ICC Chief Executive Officer said that the review of the structure of
international cricket will take several months.
hope that the West Indies team will try to improve their performance against
Bangladesh and the upcoming tour to England in order to keep the spirit of the
tens of thousands of their supporters alive.
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