This coming April the International Cricket Council (ICC) will discuss proposals for a radical change in the structure of Test and one-day international cricket.
The proposals, which have been agreed by the ICC’s chief executives committee, could open the way for a Test league to be run over each two-year period as well as a 13-team ODI format being introduced.
There will be no confirmation of the plans which are set to be put forward to the board until the next meeting of the ICC in April.
However, after the recent talks in Dubai, it seems that there is an agreement between administrators from member nations as to the best way forward for all Test playing countries.
This comes after numerous months of suggestions and consultations to try and find the best method of reorganising Test cricket. Test cricket competition has existed on a bi-lateral basis for close to 140 years without any significant change.
Speaking during a visit to Lord’s during last summer’s Test against Pakistan Dave Richardson, the ICC chief executive, said that he thought it was time for change, “Doing nothing is not an option any more”.
While full details of the proposals are yet to be released the chances are that the top nine Test playing countries will be joined by Zimbabwe and two other.
This will come as good news for countries such as Ireland who for a long time have wanted a Test, ODI and Twenty20 future.
It is not yet known if there will be any implications for the staging of ‘icon’ series such as the Ashes or several of those involving India. However, OCC spokespeople have stressed on numerous occasions that historic rivalries will remain protected and undiminished.