BCCI, CA and ECB suggest ICC to cancel Test Championship
Cricket boards have called for the cancellation of the ICC Test Championship and two-year ODI league. Several boards, led by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), have told the ICC that since the scheduled series has been canceled due to coronavirus, the ODI league and test championships that have been launched for the next two years should be canceled.
The ‘Times of India’ said the boards have also called for the International Cricket Council (ICC) to arrange a Future Tour Plan (FTP). However, the ECB has shown the most enthusiasm in this proposal.
The discussions with the ICC were held two weeks ago. These proposals have been made at the Governor’s Committee meeting in Teleconference in March. “The matter is still under discussion,” an administrator told the ‘Times of India’ on Thursday. “There are not any guidance received by the ICC in this regard.”
Due to coronavirus, all future indexes in cricket are nearing completion. As a result, many bilateral series are under threat. Meanwhile, with the ICC-scheduled Test Championship and ODI League open, many next bilateral series will not be able to organize.
IPL’s media ownership will be auctioned next year. At the same time, the ICC is also looking forward to the sale of the media rights of 2023-31. ECB and CA will also sell their rights in a new deal. As a result, the bilateral series will become very attractive to these three countries.
For rich boards, participating in ICC compulsory series is not financially viable. A source said,
“The ICC is planning to host more global tournaments. This will reduce the time taken to organize the bilateral series. Boards that make good income from media ownership will never agree to it.”
Currently the ODI and T20 World Cup are in cricket. ICC has been running a Test Championship for two years currently. The ICC will use the ODI League as a World Cup qualifier. Meanwhile, the ICC is seeking to launch at least one global tournament every year after 2020. It has also been proposed to start a new tournament. These tournaments can be a headache for rich boards.