ICC to Scrap Women’s Test Because it is Commercially Unsuccessful
An unfair day for the Women’s Cricket as the top brass of International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to end women’s Test cricket. Why? Because the committee feels with women playing One Day Internationals and Twenty20 formats Test cricket is no longer attractive since it lacks talent and appeal.
On Thursday, the ICC tabled their approach in a board meeting in Kolkata before the women’s committee, and most likely the decision will be to take down the long format of the game. Played mainly by England and Australia, women’s Tests are considered commercially unsuccessful.
Test cricket improves performance, but Indian women seem to have lost that opportunity. There will be no matches played by women in whites!
Though the women’s game has started garnering focus and audiences lately, the ICC considers the standard is not at par. They also mentioned that women’s Test cricket is not attractive enough to pull an audience.
“Ever since India started paying attention to women’s cricket, it’s getting better. But the standard of women’s Tests isn’t the same as other formats,” sources said, New India Express reported.
The proposal will come into the effect as soon as it is officially approved.
The ICC women’s committee comprises with former cricketers Shubhangi Kulkarni, Belinda Clark and Betty Timmer. The idea was first discussed last June. After deliberations, they gave a nod to scrapping women’s Tests. ICC chairman Shashank Manohar and CEO Dave Richardson are also on the committee.
The official added, “Having said that, the committee felt that the standard of women’s cricket isn’t up to the mark compared to other formats. That was key factor in taking such a decision.”