Eng­land pro­pose change

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — Eng­land have at­tempted a mi­nor shake-up of the largely con­ven­tional world of test cricket by of­fer­ing to use a points-based sys­tem to de­ter­mine the win­ner of their home se­ries against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sec­re­tary Mo­han de Silva con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the pro­pos­als cov­er­ing the three tests, five one-day­ers and a Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional set to be played be­tween the teams from May 19 to July 5.

“We have re­ceived the pro­pos­als but we haven’t de­cided yet,” De Silva told Reuters by tele­phone.

“We’ll dis­cuss it in our next board meet­ing and an­nounce our de­ci­sion in a week or two,” said the of­fi­cial, de­clin­ing to elabo- rate, say­ing he had not gone through the de­tails yet.

The Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in­tro­duced the points-based scor­ing for the women’s Ashes in 2013, award­ing six points for ev­ery test vic­tory, while two points were on of­fer for a one-day or Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional vic­tory.

For the women’s Ashes last year, ECB and Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) de­cided test wins were worth four points, while a draw earned the teams two each.

The points-based sys­tem is aimed at in­ject­ing more ex­cite­ment into the tour and add con- text to matches that oth­er­wise maybe of merely aca­demic in­ter­ests.

The ECB, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish me­dia, might con­sider em­ploy­ing it for the sub­se­quent home se­ries against Pak­istan and the points-based sys­tem has also piqued in­ter­est in Aus­tralia.

“We’ve noted the trial and we will see how it plays out be­fore con­sid­er­ing any changes to our cur­rent sys­tem, whether it be at home or in away se­ries,” CA’S team per­for­mance man­ager Pat Howard was quoted as say­ing by www.espncricinfo.com. — Reuters

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