London: ICC’s World Test Championship final could be a “Timeless Test” –A test which only ends when one of the team wins- ICC CEO Haroon Logart said here in a press conference.
The latest ICC Future Tours Programme (FTP) comprises a Test league running over 4 years with the top four teams at the end of this four year league will enter a play-off event. The first ever ICC Test Championship play-offs are to be held in 2013 in England.
ICC doesn’t want those play-offs to end in a conventional draw and is looking to find out ways to have a clear winner. A “Timeless Test” is one of the options being mulled by the ICC committee headed by former South African wicketkeeper Dave Richardson.
"We've still got to decide how we determine a winner in case of a draw or if the draw will be the end result. I would favour a winner because you want somebody to be a Test champion," Lorgat said.
"That is what Dave Richardson and the committee is currently on working on because it is not a good idea to end up with a drawn Test match.
"You have got to determine a winner - whether it is on the first-innings basis, or the runs (scored) in the game - they will come up with a viable formula to determine a winner in case of a drawn Test match. The final may well be a 'timeless' Test," he added.
"We don't know that yet but we are looking into the mechanics of that. Although looking at the statistics today most of the games have ended in results."
Lorgat said a decision would be taken on the matter "before the end of the year".
"I'm confident that as we produce context in a Championship for Test cricket and we get better contests, as we have seen in the last few series, you will get back the interest and then see what the World Test Championships can do for us. People back winners when they see challenging matches," he said.