The proposal to reduce Tests to four days is being opposed by the players after ECB chairman Colin Graves restated his support for the move earlier this summer.
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said the game’s administrators are keen to shorten the format but admitted: ‘The cricketers are pretty much against moving to four-day Tests.
‘The administrators like it because it makes scheduling easier. You can stage a Test like a golf tournament – starting on Thursday and finishing on Sunday.
‘You wouldn’t have to worry about the Monday, with everyone going to work and no one watching the game.
‘But people still like the idea of a Test match over five days.’
ICC last year has introduced the Day Night pink ball Test to revamp the Test cricket. The Test was a huge success as millions of people watched the match on Television and lakhs of people have gone to the Adelaide Oval to watch the match.
ICC in its annual conclave in Scotland last month (June) 2016 also come up with many plans to revolutionize the game. The two-tier Test cricket system, World Test Championship and 13 teams ODI World Championship are the three most big bang proposal made by ICC.
However, all this innovation needs to be approved in the meeting where all members of the boards will decide the future of these proposals. It is expected that the two-tier Test cricket system, where top seven teams in the league will play at the top of the division while the remaining five will play in the second division. It is expected that lower ranked team like West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will play with two associate members of the board. Two associate members, who are for a long time fighting for their right to play the Test cricket will play a qualifying round from where two teams will join the second division. The top team in the second division will get direct entry to the top division while the team which finishes at the bottom of the top division will be relegated to the second division.
On the other hand, the 13 teams ODI Championship will also help the associate and affiliated members to play and hone their skills playing against giants of ICC. If the 13 teams ODI Championship approved then the ICC Champions trophy will be abolished. In the ODI Championship, every team will play three bilateral series against each other over a three years time.
It is expected that the allegation of deprivation will be resolved with these leagues.
But, players didn’t agree with the four-day Test system as the four-days Test already exists in the first class cricket.