Sri Lanka Cricket President appreciates BCCI’s stand on two-tier Test system
International Cricket Council’s plan to introduce the two-tier system in Tests has divided the cricketing world into two parts. While the likes of New Zealand, Australia, and England in favour of the proposed system, while the Asian countries most notably India have expressed their reservation against the same.
A few days ago BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that the new system is good only for the higher-ranked teams and all the other teams will suffer if the much-debated system is implemented.
“As the governing body of the game, the ICC’s job is to popularise the game and increase its global reach. On the contrary, this system may be good for the top five countries, but apart from that, everyone else will suffer. On one hand, we say we need to support teams like West Indies, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe, while on the other, by bringing up something like this, we will cut their legs,” Thakur was recently quoted as saying by ‘ESPN Cricinfo’.
And now Sri Lanka Cricket has acknowledged the much-needed support from a powerhouse like India.
SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said, “Sri Lanka has already made very clear its opposition to two-tier Test proposal of ICC as it’s detrimental for lower ranked countries in many ways. Sri Lanka Cricket believes that two-tier system would adversely affect the revenues of lower ranked nations, competitiveness of their international competitions, spectator interest, long term growth in already established markets.”
“Now BCCI has also come up in support of Sri Lanka Cricket on this matter as they understand the adverse effect on the lower ranked countries due to the proposed two-tier system. We thank BCCI and its President for supporting our viewpoint in opposing two-tier Test system, which will be detrimental for lower ranked countries in a number of ways,” he added.
The SLC president also appreciated BCCI’s approach to fighting for the interest of lower-ranked teams.
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