BCCI, Australia, England Ignored ICC’s Report To Save Test Cricket? Top Official Says This

Mar3,2024



Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley on Saturday denied reports that India, England and his organization have ignored the draft submitted to the International Cricket Council to save Test cricket. A report in the Sydney Morning Herald said the three powerful boards were rejecting a document compiled by New Zealand Cricket chairman Martin Snedden which had called for changes to the Future Tours Program (FTP) to save the longest edition of the game. Had proposed. “Obviously, I think there was some misreporting about it,” Hockley told SEN. “Certainly, the discussion I'm in at the moment is about how we can adapt the calendar And how can we grow cricket around the world.” Cricket.

Changes proposed in the blueprint document include additional windows for T20 leagues other than the Indian Premier League, changes to the World Test Championship points system, apprehensions about 40-over ODIs, T20Is and an attempt to collect broadcast rights revenue for bilateral series. Is included.

When Hockley was asked about the report, he denied suggestions that the powerful nations were turning a blind eye to Test cricket, saying he had met Snedden during the New Zealand-Australia first Test in Wellington and told him That Australia is very committed to helping. The ICC ensures that all three formats flourish.

“We had a good meeting with Martin (Snedden) yesterday (Friday in Wellington),” Hockley said.

“We are fully involved in that work. I think we have a good influence in Cricket Australia and I think we have a really important role to play around the ICC in terms of driving strategy.”

“I think Cricket Australia has been behind a lot of developments. Be it the introduction of the World Test Championship. I'm on the FTP working group with the ICC and making sure we keep all three formats healthy and strong.” , that we are raising the game in all areas,” he said.

Pointing to the growth of cricket around the world, Hockley said countries like the United States have also embraced the game and will co-host the T20 World Cup with the West Indies later this year.

“It's fantastic to see the way the T20 World Cup has been embraced in the US. I understand ticket sales are 20 times higher than when they were released.

“So, I think cricket has a great opportunity to create a format strategy where all formats play a role and all fit together. That's really the essence of the work that Martin has started. A It is up to all of us as members working together to ensure we continue to take this forward,” he said.

Hockley said Australia greatly respects the World Test Championship and its men's Test cricket is its prized asset.

“Practically, it is ensuring that the World Test Championship is given more prominence so that every Test series has context.

“I think it's looking at economic feasibility across different sectors and how do we make sure it's economically viable for countries where it (currently) isn't. Yet for Australia… Men's Test cricket is the most valuable asset. So, it is really working together.

“Then on the calendar, it's trying to configure the calendar in a way that there's room for all three formats,” he concluded.

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