Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) vice-president Mahbubul Anam has expressed his reservations over ICC’s proposal of two tier system in Test cricket that may be implemented after ICC’s ongoing annual meeting.
ICC’s annual meeting began in Edinburgh on Monday where a plan to implement a two-tier system in test cricket will be one of the main topics. If implemented, it could see the top seven Test nations competing in division one for the title of world Test champion. The second tier would be expanded to five teams (with inclusion in that division earned by the best performed associate nations) with promotion and relegation opportunities being decided across the concept’s two-year playing cycle. Bangladesh , who are currently ranked ninth in the test ranking will slip to the second division following the new rule.
Opposing the proposal, the BCB vice-president said that not getting a chance to play against the top teams would hinder Bangladesh’s progress in cricket. Citing the example of ODI format, where Bangladesh have made good progress in the recent times, Mahbubul said that ICC should concentrate on globalising the game rather than creating a “special class”.
“We do not support this system,” Mahbubul said.
“We believe that more we play against competitive sides, the better we will get. If we didn’t play against better standard sides in ODIs, we wouldn’t have come this far. We were the king of the jungle from where we achieved the Test status. We were given a reality check when we were promoted to the highest level. I feel that if we go backwards, our cricket will regress.”
“It is the ICC’s responsibility to globalise the game and not create a special class,” he said. “Other sports are spreading while cricket is becoming limited. I don’t think this should be the target of a global organisation.”
If the new rule is implemented Bangladesh may have to go through a two-year grind in Division Two to earn a promotion.
BCB officials Ahmed Sajjadul Alam and Tanjil Chowdhury have already opposed the new proposal.