CA backs points system, bonuses to revitalise Test cricket

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Melbourne, June 10 : Cricket Australia's proposed Global Test championship could include a quadrennial trophy presentation ceremony and a points system, with allowances for bonuses, in a bid to revitalise the five-day game globally.

The concept of a Test championship, first raised by a Chicago-based consultancy firm and promoted by Cricket Australia, has been discussed at International Cricket Council-level for the past six months, and seems to have the tentative support of most member nations.

Though details have yet to be agreed upon, the competition model is unlikely to take the form of a World Cup-style tournament, but rather a four-yearly home-and-away series, with points awarded for each match and a winner crowned at the conclusion, The Age reported.

Discussions have also taken place about the viability of a bonus points system, which would provide incentive for teams to perform and discourage negative cricket.

The move might rankle traditionalists, but administrators believe it could help enliven the game, giving context to each match played.

"There is still a lot of spadework that needs to be done," said Inderjit Singh Bindra, who next month will assume the newly created role of principal adviser to the ICC.

"The form, the format and the frequency are all part of the discussion at the moment. It has been discussed by a number of countries, and there is hope that this might work," he added.

ANI

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