BCB remains skeptical about ICC Test Championship
|| CF Correspondent ||
Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Saturday that they are doubtful about the eight Test matches of the ICC Test Championship as they don’t see any future unless the current cycle is extended.
The ICC officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship on Monday. It begins on August 1 with the first Ashes Test. Essentially, it is a league, like the zillions of T20 leagues out there, but this one is for Test cricket. It will be contested over two-year cycles, the first of which starts on August 1 with the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston. The group phase officially began on July 16, 2019 and will run until March 31, 2021 after which the top two teams will contest a final.
Nine of the 12 Full Member countries will contest in 27 series during the window. The nine teams are: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.
For a long time, there have been attempts to bring additional context to Test cricket beyond the result of individual series. There are the Test rankings where the top team is anointed on April 1 each year, but that is just based a rolling table. The idea of the WTC is to have a Test 'winner' every two years - like the World Cups in other formats - creating something else to play for outside of the series result. It is also hoped that it will increase interest in all series within the WTC, regardless of who is playing, because it can have a knock-on effect on other team's chances of reaching the final.
The teams will play three series each at home and away. Each series will comprise a minimum of two and maximum of five Test matches. Therefore, all the teams do not play each other in the WTC in the two-year cycle. There can also be series played outside the WTC - an example being the New Zealand v England in November which is part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) but not the Championship.
However, everything went haywire since the arrival of coronavirus that literally stopped cricket along with all the other sports for substantial amount of time.
‘’We are looking forward to see what ICC do with the Test Championship because if the cycle is not extended chances are very slim that we will have the chance to play those eight Test matches,’’ BCB officials told Cricfrenzy.
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