Wisden blasts ICC on Test Championship

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2001, 17:45 [IST]
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Sydney: Publishers of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, considered the sport's official historical record, have blasted the new ICC Test Championship league, which comes into operation this week when England play Pakistan.

Unlike Wisden, the results of one-off Tests have not been included. A statement issued by Wisden described the new format as "an absurd compromise, including some past results but ignoring others".

The statement went on, "Sri Lanka's win over England at The Oval in 1998 is decreed non-existent, though it would exist had a second Test been scheduled and rained off. Zimbabwe's Test record has been decimated.

"In our view, this is confusing, unjust and unjustifiable. It penalises certain countries for playing Tests that were quite legitimate at the time."

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