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South Africa's four-day Test against Zimbabwe approved by ICC

South Africa's four-day Test against Zimbabwe approved by ICC South Africa's four-day Test against Zimbabwe approved by ICC
Noah Ferguson | 14 October, 2017, 17:17

A team that dominated Test as well as ODI cricket for a long time Australia has never won a World T20 title and more so qualified for the final just once.

A Thursday start would mean, the weekend coinciding with the final two days of the Test. However, Scotland, Hong Kong, Kenya and Nepal are still in with chances to make it.

Originally, Bangladesh were scheduled to host the qualifying tournament.

"I do believe that the prestige and the level of engagement with Test cricket will be higher if we make it more precious". We want to see better performances.

Zimbabwe will host nine other nations, where only two will qualify for the World Cup.

Editorial team of CricketCountry. However, he pointed out for the trial to prove successful, the right set of playing conditions had to be developed. The ICC's decision will boost cricket in Zimbabwe, since the country has been trying to resurrect the sport during the last years.

There was yet more good news from the Auckland meeting where it was also announced that South Africa and Zimbabwe's Boxing Day day and night Test had received the board's blessings and will go ahead as a trial. Zimbabwe, who have a two-match Test series against the West Indies starting next week, have accepted the invitation by Cricket South Africa to fill the traditional Boxing Day slot. He said that the governing body could have done more to create a coherent structure for the game "by adopting clear internationally recognised scheduling windows", in order to resolve "the inherent conflict for players between global cricket and domestic T20 leagues".

"One of worldwide cricket's biggest challenges is the increasing prioritisation by players of Twenty20 leagues ahead of global cricket and this can only be addressed by appropriate structural change", said Tony Irish, the executive chairman of FICA, on Saturday (October 14). Holland and Papua New Guinea have already secured their spot in the qualifier as part of the four top teams of the World Cricket League Championship.

"Our priority was to develop (a) structure that gave context and meaning across worldwide cricket and particularly in the Test arena", ICC chief David Richardson said in a statement.

While Irish was broadly supportive of the concept of an ODI league, which will act as a qualification pathway for the World Cup, he was more sceptical about the Test championship structure and the ICC's decision to experiment with four-day Tests.

He said,"Four-day tests will also provide the new test-playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams".

Meanwhile, the ICC Board yesterday gave the green light to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket.

While the points-scoring system is yet to be worked out, Test nations will play each in other in six series of varying length (minimum two Tests) between 2019 and 2021, before the top two contest a championship final.

It will also mandate that prominent teams - who bring with them generous broadcasting deals and ticket sales - play against smaller nations, distributing the revenues more equitably around the world.

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