Thatscricket - News - ICC announce new Test ranking system

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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Melbourne: International Cricket Council (ICC) president Malcolm Gray said on Sunday, "The ten Test-playing nations would compete for world supremacy under a new ranking system."Under the programme, starting from May first, all ten countries will play home and away Test series against each other within a five-year period."We're also bringing in a new ICC Test championship which will start with the Pakistan tour of England this coming English season,'' Gray told a news conference in Melbourne. "Again that will bring a great amount of importance to the Test cricket. We hope it will add interest to Test cricket, as you know, cricket is a statistical game in many ways and we would hope that a lot of supporters of the game would be interested in constantly monitoring who is on top of that ladder.""The final details of it haven't been decided upon as yet. We're working with Wisden to finalise the Test match championship.""An ICC Test-match championship trophy will be brought in,'' Gray said. "The rankings would be updated after each series victory around the world and the trophy would be handed on from one country to the next when a nation loses the top spot," said Gary."The points system for series wins would include the past five years of Test cricket," he added. "When a country wins a Test series, it will earn two points under the rankings system and a new list would be released detailing the ten Test-playing nations' relative positions. One point will be allocated for a tied or drawn series and none for a loss," said Gary. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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