Int'l Cricket Council Announces Launch Of 4-Team World Test Championship
The Int'l Cricket Council has launched its World Test Championship, "designed, the governing body says, to preserve the longest format of the game and give more context to two-team series," according to Osman Samiuddin of THE NATIONAL. The four top-ranked test sides according to the ICC rankings on Dec. 31, 2016, will play in a "yet-to-be-decided format in England in May 2017 to decide a world Test champion." Total prize money of $10M "will be at stake." The championship is an "idea the ICC has tried to bring to life for some time, and though it has broad acceptability among the full members, concerns remain over how feasible a prospect it is given the structure of international cricket." The cricket calendar is "essentially a series of bilateral agreements between Test sides." There is no "uniformity to it and lately it has become apparent that the world’s three leading sides" -- India, England and Australia -- are happy to "play each other more often than others, because these are the series that generate the most revenue" (THE NATIONAL, 10/13).