The working group of International Cricket Council (ICC) is scheduled to meet BCCI officials to discuss the future of Test cricket and other issues about World Cricket.
ICC’s working group convene to formulate policies and then receive feedback from the member nations and sponsors. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 17.
BCCI’s lynchpins, CK Khanna, Amitabh Choudhary and Rahul Johri along with treasurer, Anirudh Chaudhary are slated to get briefed about the progress of the ICC working group, during the meeting.
The primary focus of the meeting would be keeping Test Cricket aloof from the growing popularity of T20 cricket. This has been a major factor which has eclipsed the sport.
“Test cricket is the ultimate format, and I am sure all the stakeholders will be working a way out to sustain the level of interest. I believe that all three formats can co-exist.
I expect that suggestions given by the BCCI will be taken seriously,” CK Khanna, Acting President of BCCI told PTI today.
Amitabh Choudhary ready for Pink ball cricket, CoA needs time.
ICC in its efforts to keep the Test Cricket alive proposed the concept of Day-Night Cricket. India got offered the chance of featuring in its inaugural Day/Night Test match at Adelaide this Australian summer.
However, BCCI received a substantial amount of flak in turning down the offer of featuring in its first Day Night game.
It is learnt the Acting Secretary, Amitabh Choudhary, was initially in favour of the Pink-Ball Test match against the Windies later this year, in tandem with current coach of the Indian team, Ravi Shastri.
That said, the Indian team management told Committee of Administrators (CoA). It still requires at least 18 months to get ready for the five-day game under lights.
It is a well-established fact by now that Pink-ball cricket is a certain hit amongst fans. With the diminishing crowds in the Red-ball games. Especially, with the crowd attendance records in the games played in Australia and England.