ICC interested in introducing two-tier Test cricket system

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The two-tier Test system will give teams like Afghanistan the chance to play against Full Member nations

With the World Test Championship set to be scrapped after a lack of support from both sponsors and broadcasters, the International Cricket Council (ICC) are interested in introducing a two-tier Test cricket system.

This means that teams will be relegated and promoted based upon their performances and it will give Associate members like Ireland and Afghanistan the chance to finally play Test cricket against some of the Full Member nations.

The ICC is expected to bring up the topic during their next meeting, which is scheduled to take place later this month.

Just last year, former England captain Michael Vaughan noted that a two-Tier Test cricket system would encourage more players to represent their countries instead of playing in domestic Twenty20 tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Just imagine if New Zealand have to come to England and win one out of three Tests to stay in the first division or win promotion,” Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph. “If there is a proper financial incentive to playing in the first division, like there is in football’s Premier League, then players would be less likely to choose the IPL instead.”

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