ICC reform: ZC remains mum

HARARE - Zimbabwe Cricket yesterday declined to comment on a contentious reform proposal by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that could see the country lose its Test place by 2015.

A leaked ICC document which has set out ideas for change shows the global cricket governing body tabling proposals that could have far-reaching effects on the lowest ranked Test nations, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, which could see the two relegated from the elite group of Test nations and replaced by the leading second-tier sides.

Apart from proposing a new Exco made up of India, England and Australia and a fourth member to be decided on, ICC also want to see the Test championship scrapped and the Champions Trophy retained.

The most contentious part of the proposal, drafted at an ICC executive committee meeting, is for an eight-country top division Test cricket, with the lowest ranked two relegated from 2015. The associates play for promotion to the top tier.

ZC chairman Peter Chingoka yesterday said the local cricket governing body was not in a position to issue an official statement on the matter.

"I cannot comment because when we met at the ICC, we agreed that it was confidential,” Chingoka told the Daily News yesterday. “I really don't know how it leaked. So at the moment I cannot comment; and I hope you'll respect that. But please understand that not final decision has been reached yet. It's just a proposal."

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