The International Cricket Council unveiled a long-awaited, nine-nation Test championship Friday in a bid to pension the five-hours of daylight formats status to the lead the sudden toting going on of Twenty20.
The Test league was accompanied by a raft of reforms certainly at an ICC board meeting in Auckland, including revamping the one-daylight international schedule and trialling four-hours of daylight Tests.
Our priority was to manufacture (a) structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test pitch, ICC chief David Richardson said in a proclamation.
The Test league will launch in 2019 and see nine teams put it on six series on summit of two years-three residence and three away. It will culminate in a real along after that the two peak teams at Lords.
The ICC has argued for years that a Test championship is needed to boost the formats popularity as crowds and TV spectators flock to the quick-paced, invincible-hitting Twenty20 relation of the game.
It first appointed a committee to consider the concept auspices in 1998. But squabbling on pinnacle of formats, and fears that some nations will be disadvantaged, have twice stymied efforts to launch a league structure in front 2010.
Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a supplementary challenge, but this is the first grow earliest a genuine final has been each and every one upon, ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said.
Purists view Test cricket as the pinnacle of the sport but it has struggled, particularly in Asia, as lucrative T20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League have caught the publics imagination.
A recent lead expected to reverse the trend is the foundation of day-night Test matches, which moves playing sessions to more spectator-approachable hours after dark.
The Auckland meeting furthermore certainly to experiment taking into account four-day Tests, following South Africa and Zimbabwe set to proceedings the first in December.
Richardson emphasised that the shorter Test matches were only rouse thing trialled and their results would not be share of the concern on Test championship.
Throughout the discussions nearly the standoffish of Test cricket it became conclusive… we must moreover examine alternatives and events initiatives that may proclamation the in the set against along viability of Test cricket, he said.