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ICC plans to hold World Test championship in 2013

Published: Saturday, July 17, 2010, 12:23 [IST]
 
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ICC plans to hold Test championship

The International Cricket Council(ICC) has revealed that England could possibly host the inaugural Test championship during the 2013 Ashes summer, a play-off to decide the best Test side in the World.

The idea has been thought of and taken into consideration for its' introduction by Cricket's governing body to make the five-day format of the game interesting as the longer format of the game has failed to attract crowds in recent years, especially after the introduction of Twenty20.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief Haroon Lorgat said the idea was "still a work in progress".

He said the ICC has encouraged various cricket boards, talked about their progress about the introduction and are working on further to actually hold the Test Championship in 2013.

"There's a slot in 2013 that we think could work, where they would take the existing rankings table and the top four would progress into a semi-final and final," Lorgat said

Lorgat also said that more people were actually showing positive response about the concept. Previously India and England had expressed reservations about the concept.

"When I first got involved it was a foreign concept, but a lot more of the full members are seeing the need to generate some more interest in Test cricket - maybe the way to do it is through some series of finals," he said according to BBC news.

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