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World league set to reinvigorate Test cricket

September 18, 2010
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to approve recommendations from the organisationâs chief executiveâs committee for the creation of a global Test match âleagueâ and for the introduction of play-offs to determine a world champion of cricket.
The proposal would see results from international Test series being used to create an official table, with the top four teams taking part in a play-off every four years. The first play-off series would probably take place in 2013 in England.
Cricket purists have argued the popularity of Twenty20 cricket has driven attention away from the traditional five-day format of the game.
Another recommendation being considered is that every international tour should include a one-day match that will count towards a four-year global league, crowning an inaugural champion in 2014.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat this week explained âI am really excited by what the CEC has proposed.
âRestructuring international cricket is a significant strategic challenge and one that must be dealt with.�?

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