David Richardson is impressed with the popularity of The Ashes © Getty Images
David Richardson is impressed with the popularity of The Ashes © Getty Images

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson revealed Tuesday that the council is considering the inclusion of tournaments or similar competitions in the Test format of the game and it is one of the top priorities for the year 2016. Impressed by the popularity of The Ashes, ICC had discussions going on regarding the possible competition and its functioning. As reported by economictimes.indiatimes.com, the discussion panel will continue till they come up with a final layout of the proposal during the council’s annual meeting in June this year. Richardson said, “The Ashes are still extremely successful and generate lots of money and generally test series against India will generate money, but there are a lot of series that happen that do not make much more than just to cover the costs.” READ: Four-day Tests ideal solution for preventing cricket from losing its crown jewel: David

“We are consulting with all our members to see what we can do to give more contexts and meaning to bilateral cricket, whether that is introducing a Test league or Test championship or whether it’s introducing proper qualification leagues, like they do in football, for ICC events. If something does come of it, existing television deals means it would only be able to be implemented after 2019,” he added.

Another matter that ICC has in mind to do this year is to improve the methods of Decision Review System (DRS). Talking about this, the ICC official said, “We have engaged MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to do research on all the DRS technologies and, in particular, the edge-detection and ball tracking.” READ: ICC steps up effort for uniform DRS