The league system for Test cricket will be implemented by 2019

Sudipta / 02 June 2016

The governing body of international cricket ICC is hopeful to implement to establish the league system in the longest format of the game in three years in order to improve the standards of the game, ICC chief executive Dave Richardson stated on Wednesday.

The discussions with full members about a possible competition for Test cricket and its structure have begun and a proposal is expected to an agenda at the ICC’s annual general meeting in June.

“If you want to create a real champion Test team, you need a competition that provides the same number of opportunities,” Richardson told reporters at the launch of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

“That means the same number of fixtures, home and away so that at the end of a league period you can crown a champion team.

“Realistically, with tours and broadcast agreements in place, we’re perhaps looking at 2019 for it to begin.”

The league system is the latest plan to increase diminishing attendances at Test matches following the introduction of day-night last year in Australia.

“Everyone wants to play Test cricket so we need to find a structure that caters to that. That could mean two groups or two divisions,” Richardson added.

“We are looking to introduce a proper league system which will grow interested and make every series more relevant.”