ICC Cricket Committee issues Test warning

Chaired for the first time by Anil Kumble, the ICC Cricket Committee also felt that the controversial switch hit/reverse sweep should remain a part of the game.

updated: May 30, 2013 12:02 IST
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London: The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricket Committee said on Wednesday countries could risk losing their Test status unless they played a "minimum number of Test matches over a four-year period".

In a statement issued after it concluded its two-day meeting at Lord's, the committee, chaired for the first time by former India captain Anil Kumble and featuring ex-England skipper Andrew Strauss, said it was concerned by several recent examples of Test matches being postponed to make way for one-day games.

The committee, while approving of all three major international formats, which also include one-day internationals and the even briefer Twenty20 fixtures, said Test cricket needed support if it was to retain its place at the pinnacle of cricket.

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