Dubai, Nov 15: The much-anticipated ICC Test Championship will not take place before 2017 due to cricket's world governing body's prior commitments, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said on Monday.
The Test championship, which was to replace the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy, was initially scheduled for 2013 between the top four teams but Lorgat said that's no longer going to happen in the proposed year.
"At the last board meeting we decided that the first opportunity that we can play the World Test Championship is 2017. So I am disappointed that it is not going to take place sooner. I am afraid that is not happening in 2013," Lorgat said on the sidelines of the second day-night international between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Dubai.
"It is a reality of the commitments that we have got already through to 2015," he added.
The championship has been seen as an effort to boost flagging interest in the five-day game.
"We attempted to form the World Test Championship which I think would have been a very good context to ensuring the primacy of Test match cricket. But again we will have to wait for 2017 to see that as a reality," Lorgat said.