ICC to introduce points based system in International Cricket
International Cricket Council is set to propose the introduction of the points based system in International cricket and England Cricket Board is already in favor of the proposal. With the increasing number of bilateral series being played out between the test playing nations, ICC is determined to give these series some greater meaning as compared to just a series win. Although the talks at ICC headquarters are currently at pre mature stage, the introduction of points based system in international cricket could be a major step in cricket in near future.
In fact the idea of ICC is no to replace any existing trophy tournament but to give the meaningless matches when a bilateral series has already been decided, a charm to attract more interest from fans and players. The idea of pots based system in international cricket would most probably work with giving points to the victorious side in each match of a bilateral series across all formats and then accumulating the total points into a championship table. With the emergence of T20 leagues all across the world the survival of traditional cricket has been a challenge to International cricket council mainly due to the lack of interest from fans in lengthy test match series when the winner has already been decided.
Interestingly ECB has already shown interest in the proposed points based system in international cricket, requesting Sri Lanka to try the points system in their coming bilateral series.
“The ECB has made a request, but we have not discussed or agreed up to this point of time,” SLC’s secretary Mohan de Silva said. “We will probably take it up at the next executive committee meeting. The CEO and the Cricket Operations Manager will have to make a recommendation to the committee.” English Cricket Board has already led the way in introducing the points based system in all three formats of women’s ashes since 2013.