League Notes: Int'l Cricket Council Considers Promotion, Relegation For Test Cricket
The Int'l Cricket Council "is considering bringing in a promotion and relegation system for Test cricket, ensuring the likes of Associate nations Afghanistan, the Netherlands and Ireland have the chance to pit themselves against the might of South Africa or India if their form is deserving." The proposal, which is likely to be discussed at the ICC exec board meeting later this month, "will also motivate struggling Test nations Zimbabwe and Bangladesh to devote more resouces to the five-day format or risk dropping into the second tier" (FOX SPORTS, 1/16). ... The Australian National Basketball League "plans to introduce four new teams" for the '15-16 season. The league "is looking at new franchises from six east coast cities, with Tasmania and a second team in New Zealand also in the running" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 1/16).