The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has firmly opposed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) proposed World Test Championship arrangement, dismissing the latter’s effort to call for a working group meeting to discuss about its structure.

“How can a nine-plus-three structure be proposed in the first place when the ICC Board is yet to ratify Ireland and Afghanistan’s full membership status?,” concerned official In BCCI was quoted as saying by Times of India.

It has been learnt the ICC is mulling to re-think the strategy they had recently proposed before seeking response from board members.

“They (certain ICC board members) are just trying to test the waters and gauge the mood of members. In the process, they’re still thinking that a “weak” BCCI may not resist,” the official added.

Earlier, the ICC also wanted to seek the attention and views of its members for the formation of the Test championship as India and Australia are leading the Test charts in the ICC Test rankings at the moment.

It has been further suggested if the cycle would start from 2017 in April, there won’t be a chance that it would happen in 2019 as for sometime, the ICC will adopt the rule of 9-plus three.

The Indian board has further decided not to fully agree on a two-day meeting, which was held from Monday – according to a TOI report.

The Committee of Administrators (COA) has ruled out the criteria set by the cricket body that would’ve further suggested some changes in its Test calendar.

However, the nine-plus-three structure is based to have a Test cricket cycle of four years, which further marks the qualification date as 2019.

“That will not continue to be the case going forward,” a BCCI official remarked.

Reports suggested the top two teams in Test table will play a Test match to ultimately decide the winner during the cut-off period.

The proposed structure had also stated the nine Test nations would play four series over a time of two years and four away from home.

However, the current administration said, in April, the board will have enough matter to argue and respond to the polices of the governing body through the vote count during the ICC’s Chief Executive Meeting (CEC), which is scheduled in the same month.

Earlier, during the ICC’s meeting last October, the BCCI also opposed the two-tier Test structure, which was ultimately scrapped by the ICC later.


    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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