ICC to Consider Radical Changes in Order to Revive Test Cricket
The International Cricket Council is aiming to bring a series of radical changes to curb the talent which is being drained by T20 cricket. The domestic T20 tournaments have become a regular feature of most players in the calendar year. However, ICC feels it’s high time that the traditional format of the game which is Test cricket should be protected.
ICC has resigned to the fact that The emergence of T20 cricket has diminished test cricket. They feel that if it not taken care of, it could cause irreversible damage. To conclude, the chief executives of the full member national boards will meet together at the next ICC meeting in Kolkata in April. They will discuss on the global T20 tournaments all across the game. Some of the recommendations which they have come up with includes:
1. Restricting players under 32 to three domestic T20 leagues per year
2. Regional T20 windows that leave six months of the year clear for international cricket from 2023 onwards
3. All leagues to pay 20% of a player’s contract value to their home board as mandatory compensation
4. Capping the number of overseas players in each domestic T20 league
5. Standardised conditions that guarantee player welfare and payment
Windies have been the most affected nation in this regard
West Indies has been the most troubled nation in this regard. Despite being a full member of ICC, T20 cricket has attracted their players to a large extent. Players have chosen domestic T20 leagues over international commitments which is pretty unfortunate indeed. They have received support from England and Australia. The union of the global players FICA, will welcome all the elements which will provide greater security to its members.
Meanwhile, it must be noted that the intention is not to curb or stop the already established T20 tournaments like an IPL. However, they have to ensure that the balance is struck between both international and domestic cricket. The IPL is the outright market leader having bagged a broadcast deal of £1.97bn which is likely to be consolidated.
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