5 teams which would get affected by the new two-tier system in Tests
Test Cricket is going to take a rather unexpected turn if the two-tier system is introduced by the ICC. It was announced by the governing body that a new format is going to be adopted to revive the lost glory of the longer format of the game.
To be very honest, apart from the Ashes and a few matches, Tests are played in front of empty stands. It is a sad sight for the most the most glorious format of the beautiful game. A proposed two-tier format is going to be introduced, the top-seven teams from the current Test playing nations will feature in the upper-tier, while the bottom three teams will be relegated to the lower-tier. The relegated teams will join two associate teams and compete amongst themselves.
Let us have a look at the 5 teams which will get affected If the two-tier format is introduced:
Ireland has been the team which showed that they have the potential to compete at the highest level. Entering the super 8 stage of the ICC World Cup 2007, followed by the upset over England in 2011 and over West Indies in 2015, they promised more in the coming days. But the one thing they would like to cherish is to play Test Cricket.
They showed their intention to attain Test status in 2012 when Cricket Ireland Executive Warren Deutrum declared their vision to play Test Cricket by 2020. Though he outlined the vision in 2015 and laid a new strategic plan.
The ICC promised that Ireland would be given Test status if they win the ICC 2015-17 Intercontinental Cup and defeat the 10th ranked Test team in a four test match series in 2018. If they achieve that, they would become the 11th Test playing Nation.
As per the new regulations, only 7 teams are going to compete in the Upper Tier and Ireland would only be playing against the lower ranked teams.