ICC recommends useful training access for touring teams

Touring teams must be provided all resources by the host Board to ensure the best possible preparation, says ICC.

The ICC’s recommendation is presumably aimed at mitigating the ‘home advantage’ in bilateral tours.   -  PTI

Touring cricket teams must be provided all resources by the host Board to ensure the best possible preparation, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced.

In a statement after its annual conference in Dublin, the ICC said, “The visiting team should be provided with an opportunity to prepare for upcoming international matches under similar conditions to those they will play in during the series including the same standard and variety of net bowlers and training pitches. Teams should also be provided with the opportunity to mix socially.”

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The ICC added, “[The Chief Executive Committee (CEC)] also agreed to make changes to the way tours are conducted as part of a collective effort to build a culture of respect in the game. This includes the philosophy that the touring team should be treated as guests in the country with the standard of accommodation, travel and catering equal to that which the home team receives.”

At the annual conference, the CEC approved the playing conditions and points structure for the World Test Championship (WTC), which begins right after the 2019 World Cup.

Four-day Tests ‘can continue’

According to the official statement, “This includes the points structure which was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee and the provision of a reserve day to enable any time lost through bad weather to be made up for the final. The full playing conditions will be drafted over the coming weeks and published in due course. The CEC also confirmed that whilst all World Test Championship games must be five-day Test matches, four-day Tests can continue to be played by Members.”

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A maximum of 120 points will be on offer in each series under the aegis of the WTC, and points will be awarded for each game rather than series. This has been done because all teams don’t play the same number of Tests in a two-year cycle.

The ICC also decided to accord T20 International status to the Women’s Asia Cup matches held last month. “It was agreed, in light of the recent decision to award international status to all women’s T20 matches played between ICC Members after 1 July 2018, to retrospectively grant all matches at the recent Women’s T20 Asia Cup T20I status. All member men’s senior teams will be awarded T20I status on January 1, 2019 following the cut-off point for qualification to the ICC World T20 2020.”

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