CRICKET: A Test champion could be crowned every two years under new proposals discussed by the International Cricket Council in Dubai. An ICC working group emerged from a two-day meeting on Wednesday with tentative plans to overhaul the international cricket calendar, amid fears players could be lost to free agency and the riches of domestic Twenty20 leagues.
Chief among those was an agreement on key principles for a Test competition that would provide much-needed context to the five-day game, with a play-off to be staged every two years to crown a champion team.
The specifics of the new Test competition were not thrashed out at this week’s meeting, but Press Association Sport understands that reports a two-tier Test structure had definitely been taken off the table were premature. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had been vocal in its disapproval of a two-tier Test system in the lead-up to the meeting.