Dubai:Cricket Australia (CA) has strongly pushed for the introduction of a World Test championship after the end of the current Future Tours Program (FTP) in 2012.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland said that the championship, leading to semifinals and a final, and a world champion in each four-year cycle, would provide the context which Test cricket currently lacks.
"Let's face it, generally speaking, the FTP is currently a hotch-potch of bilateral tour arrangements that, given the current volume of international cricket, produces matches that no longer linger in the memory or have lasting meaning," he said in his address to the ICC Members' Forum here yesterday.
Sutherland felt a new Future Tours Programme with a Test Championship and an ODI League were an important exercise in brand management.
"They would provide a framework and structure for world cricket to live with, and a way to manage and grow the public's growing fascination with Twenty20 cricket," he said.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chairman Giles Clarke also supported the idea of popularisation of Test cricket.
"Test cricket is the ultimate game of cricket and it cannot be replicated by the shorter version of the game," he said.