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Dave Richardson is currently heading ICC’s 2-day workshop in Dubai © Getty Images

After scrapping the two-tier Test system, the ICC has come up with a new proposal. It proposes to have a Test championship, which will be held once in two years, beginning from 2019. The ICC two-day Workshop held at Dubai to discuss as to how to improve Test cricket, which will bring more people into the stadiums to watch the longest format, which has been on a downfall these days. It was feared that the players were more inclined to play in the T20 league around the world, as a result of which Test cricket is struggling to keep its place it once held. READ: BCCI forces ICC to withdraw two-tier Test proposal

“Significant progress on the future shape of all international cricket has been made,” said ICC chief executive David Richardson. “Encouragingly, there is an appetite from the 10 full members for more context around all three formats of the game and we have consensus on a range of areas,” according to skysports.com. READ: BCCI backed by SLC on two-tier Test Proposal

“This includes the details of ODI and T20 structures and principles around Test cricket schedules, which include the concept of a Test champion play-off every two years and the opportunity for more nations to be involved. There are some complexities, not least because of scheduling and existing structures, but we envisage the changes being implemented for 2019.”

India had previously led the way to ensure that the two-tier Test proposal by the ICC be withdrawn. “I am thankful to the members of the ICC who understood our viewpoint and agreed to take this proposal off the table. As one of the key stakeholders in world cricket, BCCI would continue to have an inclusive approach and ensure that everyone’s interest and the growth of cricket isn’t compromised,” Thakur, who was at the forefront of the anti Two-Tier format, told PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)