Two-tier structure in Test cricket withdrawn
Sports:Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon has welcomed the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) decision to withdraw the proposal for a two-tier structure in Test cricket. The decision was taken at a meeting of the chiefexecutivescommittee (CEC) in Dubai on Wednesday.
“Obviously this is very good news. Bangladesh was always against this. India was on our side and so was Sri Lanka. We were confident that this would end well. We were against this from the start and when India came on our side, we were a bit relieved. Today [Wednesday] the ICC officially let us know about this. As a result of this decision I can now say that we are not heading towards an uncertain future,” Papon told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday night.
The BCB president said that he was not too worried when the proposal was initially brought up since, according to him, it never really depicted any specific gains for cricket.
“There wasn’t much tension because I believed that this proposal would have been really difficult to be passed right from the start because it did not have any specific benefit. Secondly they couldn’t even manage to bring this up from the CEC [chief executive committee] meeting to the board since there was a lot of opposition. And this time even Zimbabwe was with us and our team was quite strong. And finally when India started supporting us, then I really had nothing much to worry about,” said Papon, adding that Bangladesh was the first country to oppose the two-tier Test system.
“We were the first. You can get that on the ICC’s records. We hope to do better in Test cricket in the coming days. We are going to play more Tests than we used to in the coming days,” said Papon.