Dubai: Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, has admitted that his board could have taken "a more strategic decision" in implementing the Test championship and a ten-team World Cup. He said the Test Championship is on track for 2017, while the ICC, as a whole, would benefit from fewer weak member boards and independent directorship. He also revealed that there was a threatened elite breakaway of India, Australia, South Africa and England over the Future Tours Programme.
"We got the balance incorrect (on the Test championship and ten-team World Cup). There was a strategic choice that had to be made, it was an investment to be made and the leadership chose not to do it," Lorgat told the Abu Dhabi-based The National. "It will happen eventually. I hope it doesn't happen when it's too late. It's a new cycle. There's absolutely no reason why it would not be in the schedule of events. We missed a golden opportunity in 2013 because Test cricket was starting to go on an upward trend."
While Lorgat conceded that the commercialisation of the cricket played some role in the decisions, he said it was not solely based on broadcast rights and profits. "The broadcaster is but one party to the discussion," he said. "It's a board decision."