ICC World Test Championship Delayed Until 2017

November 15, 2011

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has postponed the holding of an ICC World Test championship until 2017.

The game’s governing body considered the Test championship between the top four teams in 2013 instead of the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy, which is scheduled for England – however Lorgat has now stated that the event is not possible until 2017.

He said: “I am afraid that’s no longer going to happen in 2013.’ ‘At the last board meeting we decided that the first opportunity that we can play the World Test Championship is 2017. So I am disappointed that it is not going to take place sooner. It is a reality of the commitments that we have got already through to 2015.”

Lorgat said a Test championship would ensure the status of the longer version of the game, which is widely regarded to be under threat from 50-over and Twenty20 cricket.

Lorgat added: “We attempted to form the World Test Championship which I think would have been a very good context to ensuring the primacy of Test match cricket. But again we will have wait for 2017 to see that as a reality.”

Had the Test Championship gone ahead in 2013, it is likely the final would have taken place at London’s Lord’s Cricket Ground, widely regarded as the ‘home of cricket’.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord’s and longstanding supporters of the Test Championship concept, said Lorgat’s announcement, was a “setback for Test cricket”.

“It is disappointing to learn that the ICC has postponed the inaugural World Test Championship from 2013 until 2017,” MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said in a statement.