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Why would you want to watch or play or organise a cricket match that ends as draw? specially when one team was just couple of wickets or few runs away from their target?
Early 1900s was when timeless test matches were everywhere, mostly in Australia where even the domestic games were played without any time limit. Now ICC, the governing body which has been very active in recent times to revive the oldest format by installing UDRS and introducing test championship in 2013, has now come up with a plan to re-introduce the LONGEST FORM OF LONGEST FORMAT!
“For some time we have been working on a world Test championship” said ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat at Lord's where 2000th test match will be starting from Thursday between India and England.
“It is not the format that is the issue in Tests, it is the lack of context and with this, bilateral series would have a lot more meaning. It is common knowledge that we hope in 2013 the top four teams will be involved in two semi-finals and a final to determine a world Test champion.
“The committee is currently working on it but it is not a good idea to end up with a drawn Test match. Whether (drawn games) are decided on a first-innings basis or on runs scored in the game we don’t know but they will come up with a viable formula to determine a winner. The final may be a timeless Test, at this stage we don’t know but we are looking into the mechanics”.
For a complete series to have all test matches as timeless is not do-able in current International senario, for logistics and scheduling problems among others, but timeless test could be a possibility for decider games like the one we may have during the proposed test championship.
“Statistics tell us that most Test matches now produce a result insisde five days, but it may yet be a timeless Test” Longrat adds. “It is a work in progress but I would favour finding a winner because you want a world champion”.
Who's driving ICC these days? no one as President's chair is left empty since end of Sharad Pawar's tenure but seems like that empty chair is doing a mighty fine job. ICC has taken some strong decisions lately and thinking back to timeless tests is yet another good initiative. Mordern cricket is far more balanced then the one that were played 70 years ago and today most tests that end as draw as just a wicket or even a day away from decisive result. It would be good idea to add timeless tag to last test of high profile series like Ashes or India v Australia if teams are locked equal going into the game.