Test cricket in for major overhaul

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have given notice that at their next Board meeting in June 2018 they will consider major changes to the playing structure of Test cricket from 2019 onwards. There is no doubt that Test cricket needs change if it is going to survive in the modern-day cricketing world. The ICC intends to divide Test cricket into two divisions of six teams each resulting in strength versus strength system. This is an important decision for the future of Test cricket, as all the Test playing nations are not of the same level of strength. With the current system certain Test series are sub-standard and attract little or no interest. Also, it will prevent the problem that some of the major Test-playing nations like India do not play the other Test nations on a regular basis because of commercial interests. This was the major shortcoming of what was … Continue reading