Are DRS & The Test Championship On Their Way Out?

The ICC has concluded its final Executive Board meeting of the year and made some decisions which could have far-reaching consequences. They are explained in more detail here but in a nutshell, here is what has been agreed:

  • DRS: reversion to a previous working whereby it is no longer mandatory but must be agreed by both boards ahead of series
  • World Cup 2015: confirmation that top 2 in Associates/Affiliates one-day league will qualify; remaining six teams get second chance to fill other two places
  • Test Championship 2013: under threat due to broadcasting issues and could be delayed until 2017

The DRS decision will probably not surprise too many although it is at least laudable that it will remain in place for global events. Part of the Test championship was due to be hosted by Edgbaston, which could be a huge blow for them if it doesn’t happen, although they would likely be in pole position to stage major matches at the 2013 Champions Trophy, which now looks the favourite to go ahead as previously planned.

What are your thoughts – do you think that DRS should be applied uniformally across the board and is there room for both a Test championship, two ODI global events and the ICC World Twenty20?

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