ICC convenes meeting for Tests amidst T20's growing popularity

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Dubai, May 5 (UNI) With the growing popularity of Twenty20 cricket, the ICC is keen to protect the future of Test cricket and has therefore convened a two-day meeting starting today to discuss ways to promote the longest version of the game and also to deliberate upon the volume of the games worldwide.

The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee will also discuss the issues concerning the use of technology on umpiring decisions, trialling of an umpires' decision review system, the formulation of playing conditions for the ICC Champions Trophy this year and the ICC World Twenty20 2009 and the results of ICC-commissioned research into such issues as bad light will also be on the agenda.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar will preside over the meeting while the ICC General Manager David Richardson, former Australia captain Mark Taylor, ex-Pakistan captain Majid Khan and former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding will also be a part of the discussion.

Umpire of the year, Simaon Taufel, chief ICC match referee and former Sri Lankan captain Ranjan Madugalle, Kenya captain Steve Tikolo, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur and FICA CEO Tim May will also be a part of the meeting.

The discussions in the meeting will include the trial of an umpire decision review system where players will be permitted to request the on-field umpire to review his own decision in consultation with the television umpire.

A major change that could come up in the current format of the game will also include the allowing of batting team to choose when to take one of the three powerplays during the Champions Trophy and World Twenty20 2009.

The committee will formulate recommendations to the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) and the ICC Board for approval.

The next meetings of those committees are set for Dubai from June 29 to July 4.

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