The crucial deciders of the world of cricket ate going to face a brainstorm for a couple of days, as they meet in Dubai to finalize a fresh schedule. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is about to come up with a new calendar, which will replace the existing Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2019.
The meeting is going on in ICC headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. It has been reported that nine teams will be scheduled to play against each other in a period with minimum 3 matches.
For now, it can be expected that they will be proposing a four-year international plan for a Test championship and that will result in a final one-off Test at Lord’s in 2023. The top two teams during the four-year span will lock horns in the ‘final Test’ and the winner of it will determine the world Test champions. But only one question still remains in everyone’s mind what if England doesn’t make it to the final Test at Lord’s.
According to the current scenario, it seems that the top 2 teams will be from India, Australia, South Africa or Pakistan and considering that, the final venue might need to be shifted to Wankhede, MCG, Wanderers or Dubai. Minnows like Zimbabwe, Ireland and Afghanistan won’t be participating. According to reports, during the Test championship cycle, every team will be bound to play at least two games with each other.
However, it’s still to be finalized the future of the full-fledged series and that will be determined during the meeting. The officials also need to decide the criteria to identify the finalists. There is a chance that the top two could be as per the ICC Test rankings but there is also a proposal to regulate the positions on the basis of points from each Test won, lost or drawn.