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India to block two-tier Test system

NZN 3/08/2016

Indian authorities could torpedo a plan to introduce a two-tier system to revolutionise Test cricket.

The concept, which would operate over a two-year period with a relegation and promotion system with seven nations in each, has previously won the support of New Zealand Cricket.

However the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India have confirmed they will stand against the idea as they look to "protect the interests" of smaller nations.

"The BCCI is against the two-tier system because the smaller countries will lose out and the BCCI wants to take care of them," president Anurag Thakur told the New Indian Express.

"In the two-tier Test system, they will lose out a lot, including revenue and the chance to play against the top teams."

It's believed India's move has come about as part of an Asian block, which has also seen Sri Lanka and Bangladesh voice their opposition to the idea.

Given each team's lowly Test ranking, it is likely they could both be dropped to the bottom tier.

Australia, England and New Zealand are behind the initiative, aimed at fixing dwindling crowds across the five-day format.

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