High time to protect Test cricket, says ICC

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Dubai: As the fever of Twenty-20 format is high, the members of International Cricket Council (ICC) are recommending that the Test matches must remain at the ''pinnacle'' of international cricket.

A meeting of the world governing body's cricket committee has, over the past two days, noted the need to effectively manage a new ''landscape'' in the sport.

Three forms of cricket- Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 - currently co-exist, with the latter clearly a coming force.

The statemant yesterday issued said there is a strong need to identify and maintain a balance between the three formats so that all of them could continue to thrive.

''It identified Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport and expressed the need for the best available participants (players, umpires, referees etc) to be involved in international cricket,'' the statement added.

''While accepting the need for a minimum requirement in terms of numbers of ODIs, Twenty20 Internationals and Tests between all teams, the committee stressed the need to protect 'icon' series.'' The advent of huge amounts of money available to players in the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun to put pressure on the ICC to nominate a window in the calendar for such a competition.

That, however, is not in the remit of the cricket committee, who are empowered to make recommendations to the chief executives' committee, which will meet along with the ICC board from June 29.


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