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Testing times for ICC

The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended that Full Member nations be required to play a minimum number of Tests over a four-year period in what is being presented as the latest attempt to protect the status of the five-day game.

It is understood that the number proposed by the committee is merely a minimum four Tests each year which would mean at least 16 over a four-year cycle.

There have been a number of recent examples of Test series being postponed due to conflicting demands, either from One-Day cricket or the proliferation of Twenty20 leagues.

If a four-year period is taken from September 2009 to September 2013 – using current fixtures – England will have played the most Test matches with 49 while, of the leading eight nations, New Zealand and West Indies will have had 31 apiece.

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