ICC has decided to call it a day for women’s Test cricket as they are deemed to be commercially unviable.
Played by mainly England and Australia, women’s Test cricket is said to fetch fewer revenues for the ICC thus now the women would only be playing One Day Internationals and Twenty20 formats.
The ICC women’s committee which has some of the greats like Shubhangi Kulkarni and Belinda Clark as its members have agreed to scrap of the Test format from women’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) in order to make it commercially viable.
The proposal would be ratified by the ICC board on Thursday and would come into effect thereafter. Though the women’s game has started to garner an audience, ICC believes that the standard of women’s Test cricket has not been attractive enough.
The idea was first discussed in last June during a meeting in Edinburgh and after further deliberations on Wednesday, the women’s committee gave a nod to the move.
Why is it being axed?
Sources suggest that the decision was reached after women’s Test cricket failed to generate viewership.