ICC de­fers Test shake-up

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Cardiff: Plans for a rad­i­cal shakeup of in­ter­na­tional cricket, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of two di­vi­sions in Test cricket and a new one-day league, are to be “worked through” at a Septem­ber meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil. The global gov­ern­ing body’s an­nual meet­ing con­cluded in Ed­in­burgh last Satur­day with few ma­jor de­ci­sions taken on a crammed agenda that could yet re­shape world cricket. But amid con­cerns from smaller na­tions such as Bangladesh that they risked per­ma­nent ex­ile to the ‘se­cond divi­sion’, the ICC de­ferred a de­ci­sion on a new land­scape for the in­ter­na­tional game. In­stead it will hold a work­shop at its Dubai head­quar­ters in early Septem­ber. An ICC state­ment af­ter the end of its week-long Ed­in­burgh gath­er­ing said this would al­low mem­ber coun­tries “to work through” some de­tails. ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive David Richard­son added: “This is an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity for our sport to in­tro­duce a pack­age of bi­lat­eral in­ter­na­tional cricket struc­tures, which are merit and per­for­mance based, have con­text, en­hance the value of bi­lat­eral in­ter­na­tional cricket and cre­ate a highly com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for crick­eters so they can pro­vide more entertainment to spec­ta­tors. “This is a com­plex is­sue on many lev­els but I am heart­ened by the progress that has been made to date,” the former South Africa wick­et­keeper added. Mean­while, fur­ther re­form of the ICC to undo the sys­tem es­tab­lished two years ago when much money and power was in­vested in the sport’s ‘big three’ na­tions of Eng­land, Australia and In­dia, is un­der­way. ICC chair­per­son Shashank Manohar, the In­dian ad­min­is­tra­tor who has been a driv­ing force be­hind the chal­lenge to the ‘Big Three’ set-up, said an amended con­sti­tu­tion would be pre­sented to the ICC board in Oc­to­ber. “We are look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing the amended con­sti­tu­tion to the Board for its con­sid­er­a­tion at the next meet­ing,” Manohar said. Reuters

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