BCCI voice opposition to controversial plans for two-tier Test system: Reports

AFP, Aug, 03 2016

New Delhi: The head of India's powerful cricket board BCCI has voiced opposition to controversial plans for a two-tier Test system being considered by the game's governing body, a report said Wednesday.

Anurag Thakur, president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told a newspaper smaller nations would lose out on revenue and the chance to compete against the top teams.

BCCI president Anurag Thakur. AFP

BCCI president Anurag Thakur. AFP

"The BCCI is against the two-tier Test system because the smaller countries will lose out and the BCCI wants to take care of them. It is necessary to protect their interests," The New Indian Express, a Chennai-based daily, quoted him as saying.

"In the two-tier system, they will lose out on a lot, including revenue and the opportunity to play against top teams. We don't want that to happen.

"We want to work in the best interests of world cricket and that is why our team plays against all the countries."

The International Cricket Council (ICC) first discussed the proposal to split Test cricket into two divisions at a meeting in Edinburgh last month and is due to debate the plan further in September.

Under the scheme being considered, the top seven-ranked teams would join a de facto premier league designed to boost interest in Test cricket.

The other three lowest ranked sides -- which are currently the West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe -- would then join a second division which would also include the likes of Afghanistan and Ireland.

Although England, Australia and New Zealand have all come out in favour of the proposal, India's opposition could well mean it is now dead in the water.

Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar is head of the ICC and India, which is the game's financial powerhouse, has a history of ensuring that its stance prevails on key debates within the global body.

The plan has been fiercely opposed by the likes of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which is at risk of falling outside the top seven after sliding down the rankings in the last year.

The smaller Test teams' financial survival largely depends on their ability to sell television rights to matches against teams such as India and England.

Published Date: Aug 03, 2016 | Updated Date: Aug 03, 2016

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115