ICC aims to save Tests from Twenty20 onslaught

Published: Monday, May 5, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will look at ways to protect and promote Test cricket from the onslaught of the Twenty20 at a two-day Cricket Committee meeting starting in Dubai on Monday.

ICC Committee will also deliberate on the greater use of technology for umpires, volume of cricket being played these days, bad light, T20 World Cup 2009 and ICC Champions Trophy 2008 among others.

The million dollar baby IPL, Stanford and ECB's EPL (still in pipeline) has taken the cricketing world by storm and going by the trends the traditional forms of sport (read as Test and 50-over formats) will lose their sheen for the want of players, spectators, sponsors et al.

Following the changing cricket landscape after the explosion of Twenty20 cricket, the committee will discuss international cricket as the pinnacle of the game, the protection and promotion of Test cricket, the impact of Twenty20 cricket on other formats of the game and the impact of domestic leagues on the international game," ICC said in a statement issued on Monday.

The lure of IPL is such that the star cricketers of Australia, Windies, New Zealand have preferred these T20 games to national assignments.

Committee  will also finalize the playing conditions to be adopted for the proposed trial of an umpire decision review system (Players' referrel system). In this system players will be permitted to request the on-field umpire to review his own decision in consultation with the television umpire.

Sunil Gavaskar-headed Committee includes Majid Khan, Ranjan Madugalle, Simon Taufel, Dave Richardson, Mark Taylor, Jayawardene, Tikolo, Sangakkara among others.


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