View Full Version : stop the Icc there going to make a 2 test tier system

February 11, 2005, 07:31 PM
:(Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Test cricket's two weakest nations, could be limited to home appearances only across a six-year cycle, as the ICC considers adopting a two-tier system to combat the twin problems of fixture overload and uncompetitive matches.

Last month, Bangladesh finally won a Test match at the 35th time of asking, after 31 (mostly comprehensive) defeats in their first four years as a senior nation. That victory came at Zimbabwe's expense, however, which merely highlighted the extent to which these two nations have slipped away from the pack.

Under the current provisions of the ICC ten-year plan, all nations are obliged to play each other in home-and-away series of at least two Tests and three one-day internationals at five-year intervals. The new plan which, according to a report in Thursday's Daily Telegraph, is likely to be agreed when the ICC's executive board meets in Delhi next month, would require the eight leading nations to play each other over four-year cycles, with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe matches being spread over six years.

Speaking to Cricinfo, an ICC spokesman confirmed that this option was one of several being tabled, although it was stressed that there has been no clarification as yet, and a final decision could be deferred until the next meeting at Lord's in June. Since the concerns were first raised in 2003, the ICC has been undergoing a comprehensive review of the current model, and there is scope for an eight-plus-four model, in which the two weaker nations would complement their fixture list with first-class matches against the strongest associate-member nations, which at this stage would be Kenya and, perhaps, Holland.

"The ICC programme is one that has evolved organically over many years, but we are now looking to review it scientifically," added the spokesman, "There are a whole range of factors to take into account." In addition to an analysis of the playing conditions for each nation, the financial implications of unprofitable tours will also be taken into account, for the ability for each series to generate revenue is paramount. The ICC stressed, however, that no team's current status be it Test- or associate-member would be under discussion in this round of talks.

February 11, 2005, 08:21 PM
do you reall y want us to play practice tests vs the other nations
we have made too much proggress only to get smacked back down.

February 11, 2005, 08:43 PM
nope.. i agree with ICC...

February 11, 2005, 08:56 PM
Originally posted by Faisal
nope.. i agree with ICC...

your from canada you want to see canada vs bd more regularly

February 12, 2005, 01:45 AM
I still say let BD and ZIM stay as Test nations, let Canada, Holland, Kenya etc battle it out in the 2nd tier

February 12, 2005, 01:54 AM
[quote]Originally posted by battye
I still say let BD and ZIM stay as Test nations, let Canada, Holland, Kenya etc battle it out in the 2nd tier [/quote

its gonna be a huge step down for bangladesh, someone should def. do something about it. bd is improving, and it will, they are trying to stop us, we shouldn't let that happen. bcb should reallly talk to icc seriously to deal this issue to save the future of bd cricket.

February 12, 2005, 01:57 AM

Has anyone looked at this yet?

February 12, 2005, 03:21 AM
They mustn't divide Test Teams.

February 12, 2005, 01:10 PM
The ICC is trying to kill 2 birds at one shot.

While the idea of 4 years - 6 years is good for the development of both Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but the eight-four model is not good for cricket, especially for the ICC Associate nations.