The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) put its foot down and firmly opposed the ICC’s proposed World Test Championship that was tentatively scheduled to begin in 2019. ICC’s efforts to call for a two-day working group meeting to discuss the structure for the Championship met a brick wall when the BCCI categorically displayed its disapproval.
“How can a nine-plus-three structure be proposed in the first place when the ICC Board is yet to ratify Ireland and Afghanistan’s full membership status? They (certain ICC board members) are just trying to test the waters and gauge the mood of members. In the process, they’re still thinking that a “weak” BCCI may not resist,” a BCCI source said while speaking to the Times of India.
The World Test Championship falls into the larger scheme of cricket’s governing body’s efforts to provide context to Test matches. It has been widely believed in the upper echelons of the game that bilateral series’ simply do not provide enough context and that an alternate solution is needed.
Earlier, in September, ICC were forced to shelve plans for a two-division Test Championship when it met resistance from parties including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and India. The new World Test Championship arose from the fallout as an alternative.