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12-06-2010, 01:41 AM #1
ICC eyes June 2013 for first Test World C'shipThe International Cricket Council (ICC ) is eyeing June 2013 for the inaugural Test World Championship and will use current rankings to decide the four playoff spots, CEO Haroon Lorgat told Australian radio on Sunday.
Test cricket, which has struggled to maintain its profile since the advent of Twenty20 , currently has a rankings system but no tournament to determine the top Test nation.
The ICC has proposed a quadrennial tournament with the four best-performing nations to meet in semi-finals before playing off for the world title in a bid to boost flagging interest in the longest form of the sport.
"I think the first possible opportunity for us to have a playoff is in 2013, which means that the current rankings table would need to be used," Lorgat said.
"For example, right now Australia would be struggling to qualify for the playoffs. But there may be another scenario with somebody else would also be in the frame depending on this result they might slip in," he added.
Lorgat was speaking on the sidelines of the third day of the second Ashes Test between Australia, ranked fifth in the current test standings, and fourth-placed England ....being a human...