ICC says World Test Championship in jeopardy

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said the board needs to balance several objectives hence they have decided to delay the 2013 World Test Championship AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday revealed that a proposal to have a World Test Championship in 2013 was in jeopardy.

“It would be unfortunate if the Test Championship is delayed to 2017, but the board needs to balance several objectives.”

Last-ditch attempts are likely to be made to save the WTC but ICC officials privately admit it is unlikely to proceed.

This was reflected in the ICC’s statement after its meeting.

It said: “The board confirmed their preference to host an ICC Test Championship in 2013 but recognised the significant commercial challenge in trying to replace the Champions Trophy. Without the support of ICC broadcast partner ESPN Star Sports, the financial implications on the members and the development of the game would be significant.”