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A world Test championship for cricket is long overdue
There should be at least one pinnacle global event for each of the three formats of the game, the ICC decided in its annual conference last week, and England, the spiritual home of cricket, has been given the hosting rights for the inaugural Test Championship in 2017. Such an event for the game's most revered format was long awaited.
It's heartening to hear the ICC finally say the right things on Test cricket. The ICC cricket committee showed concern over countries scrapping bilateral Test series to allow players to participate in the T20 leagues. From now on, every country will have to play at least 16 Tests over a four-year period. Of course, the big four — India, England, Australia and South Africa — are expected to play a lot more than the prescribed minimum. The ICC had planned to introduce the Test Championship, involving the top four teams in the rankings, in 2013, but had to shelve it due to lack of commercial support. This time, the world body must ensure that every team is provided with equal opportunity.