Four-day test trial in shakeup

Nelson Mail - - SPORT - CRICKET

A new dawn for in­ter­na­tional cricket has been con­firmed by In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Richard­son.

Af­ter the ICC board meet­ing in Auck­land yes­ter­day, Richard­son said the pro­posed test cham­pi­onship (from 2019) and one-day in­ter­na­tional league (from 2020) had been con­firmed. It will pro­vide con­text and mean­ing around ev­ery test and ODI se­ries as the long­est for­mat strug­gles for rel­e­vance, crowds and broad­cast­ing rev­enue.

The test cham­pi­onship is planned to in­volve nine coun­tries and be run over a two-year cy­cle, while a 13-na­tion ODI league would op­er­ate be­tween World Cups and also be used to de­ter­mine which teams qual­ify for the show­piece 50-overs tour­na­ment ev­ery four years.

Richard­son also said four-day test cricket would be ex­plored on a trial ba­sis. South Africa and Zim­babwe have been ap­proved to play a four-day test this sum­mer.

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