Test cricket di­rec­tion re­mains in bal­ance

The New Zealand Herald - - SPORT -

The di­rec­tion of test cricket lies in the bal­ance this week in Auck­land as the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil as­sem­bles its fu­ture plans.

Var­i­ous com­mit­tees are in ses­sion, with key de­ci­sions set for rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the board to­mor­row.

Mul­ti­ple is­sues will be dis­cussed, and po­ten­tially acted on, when ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Richard­son con­ducts his post-meet­ing press con­fer­ence.

In­stalling a nine-na­tion test cham­pi­onship (pre­sum­ably with­out Zim­babwe, Afghanistan and Ire­land from those qual­i­fied to play the long­est form). This will be run ev­ery two years from 2019, cul­mi­nat­ing in a fi­nal at Lord’s.

In­stalling a 13-na­tion ODI cham­pi­onship to be run ev­ery three years.

Work out a method to in­cor­po­rate new test na­tions Afghanistan and Ire­land into the cur­rent fi­nan­cial model.

As­sess the geopo­lit­i­cal cli­mate and how Pak­istan can best be brought back into the crick­et­ing fold as a venue af­ter the rel­a­tively smooth run­ning of the World XI se­ries in La­hore.

Con­sider the pro­posed four-day test be­tween South Africa and Zim­babwe at Port El­iz­a­beth as a trial for whether fu­ture tests could fill those di­men­sions.

Es­tab­lish how much em­pha­sis the ICC wants to place on cricket earn­ing a place in the Olympics and Com­mon­wealth Games, and how much they are pre­pared to sac­ri­fice to come un­der the ju­ris­dic­tions of those bod­ies.

Tap into what can fur­ther develop the women’s game af­ter sur­vey re­sults re­vealed the World Cup was the most en­gaged the pub­lic had been about that arm of the sport. Fe­male lead­er­ship through a board di­rec­tor­ship could also be in the off­ing.

— An­drew Alder­son

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