Another timeless cricket Test?

2011-07-18 22:09

London - The ICC is considering scrapping time limits for the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in 2013, returning cricket to the 1930s in the search for a definitive champion of the sport's longest format.

A so-called timeless Test places no duration constraints on players, allowing for an open-ended match until a result is secured. Regular Tests are limited to five days, but often end in a draw if either team can't bowl out the other's batsmen or bad weather intervenes.

Haroon Lorgat, the International Cricket Council's chief executive, made the suggestion Monday for a competition set to take place in England between the four highest-ranked test teams in the world.

"It is common knowledge that we hope in 2013 the top four teams will be involved in two semi-finals and a final to determine a world Test champion," Lorgat said. "Whether (drawn games) are decided on a first-innings basis or on runs scored in the game, we don't know. But they will come up with a viable formula to determine a winner.

"The final may be a timeless Test. At this stage we don't know, but we are looking into the mechanics."

The last timeless Test was between South Africa and England at Durban in 1939, However, the match was declared a draw when no result was possible after nine days of play across 12 days. The England players had to leave or they would've missed the ship home.

As it was, England's fourth-innings total of 654-5 is still the record for a first-class match by 50 runs. The Test is also the longest.

"Statistics tell us that most Test matches now produce a result inside five days, but it may yet be a timeless Test," Lorgat said. "It is a work in progress but I would favour finding a winner because you want a world champion."


  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-18 22:19


      mike - 2011-07-19 00:10

      Agreed, would be awesome to watch a timeless test match. Even better if the Proteas could be part of it.

      GJDH - 2011-07-19 07:03

      nothing line watching 10 days of cricket at 2 runs per over... c'mon

      Gazza69 - 2011-07-19 08:34

      It probably wouldn't last much more than 5 days. The modern cricketer is very attacking and run rates in tests are much higher than back in '39. Nice concept however, in case of rain delays.

      The-Iceman - 2011-07-19 12:10

      it wont be so awesome when Prince and Kallis go in to bat and spend the next 5 days at the crease with 15 runs on the board

      Sanjeev - 2011-07-19 14:58

      Kallis licking his lips after reading this

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-07-18 23:46

    Very interesting. I can see a lot of issues scuppering this from happening but a very interesting thought indeed. Let me get ahead of myself and suggest, make all Tests timeless! Nice to see the ICC actually having a good idea for a change other than how to appease India.

  • Gary - 2011-07-19 00:02

    India are your masters biatches

      Ettienne - 2011-07-19 00:32

      No biatch. S.A. with Kallis Amla Smit & De Villiers. Bring it on.... Boet

  • manuel28 - 2011-07-19 06:29

    we wont even need 10 other players , just put kallis in for the 360 days of cricket! lol... 1 run.. :P wil be interesting.

  • noitall - 2011-07-19 06:59

    that is really going to screw England that considers a draw a victory - man have you seen those pathetic poms celebrate a draw, they giving cricket a bad name. It would be OK for SA so long as biff does not have to fly out on urgent personnel matters during his responsibilities

      Ian - 2011-07-19 08:20

      100% and the sulking when they lose

      Bob - 2011-07-19 09:30

      Ian, that is sweet coming from you, you guys are noted as the worst losers in the World, you blame everything from the ref down if you lose, which you often do, very very bad sportsmen, the supporters I'm referring to.

  • Walter - 2011-07-19 07:07

    I don't agree. They've tried it once before in SA and it was rediculous! Spectators will be lost and the game will become a total bore! Teams will start including the likes of Tony Pithey, Stonewall Bailey and more recently Kepler Wessels and maiden, after maiden will be bowled! A bonus point system is the only way to go where teams get points for bowling and batting and result wickets must be prepared. Barring rain, look how many 5 day tests are being won and lost nowadays and spectators are entertained.

      Ian - 2011-07-19 08:18

      Don't like to be negative but I do agree with you Walter.... not that many tests go the full 5 days anymore which is good because that means there's a result.... limitless will not bring in crowds that's for sure, as we all know it's no more about the cricket it's about bums on seats and the money.... A points system is dead right, England domestic cricket have a winning and losing draw system, they should use this to discourage teams to close up shop to early when batting out for a draw... the team with the higher run rate in a drawn game should go out with more points.

  • crazydude - 2011-07-19 07:34

    I can see the appeal in this, but I just don't see the TV broadcasters agreeing to this. As someone who has only known 5 day tests, I see the value in fighting to survive on day five, but I can see the potential in a test without time limits. I just don't see the TV broadcasters being to happy with a match which could go on for a week.

      Pieter - 2011-07-19 11:32

      They are suggesting this because they need a winner in a one off knockout game for a world cup. Its not going to replace normal test cricket..

  • Ian - 2011-07-19 08:19

    wow cool, i'm going to enjoy this, will be good

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