As the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the much awaited idea of test championship, there were a few growing concerns about the importance of Ashes, widely accepted on as the most meaningful & prestigious of all tests. But Australian chief executive James Sutherland has squashed such concerns by saying that it’ll actually enhance the reputation of the bilateral series.
The newly approved Test championship will be a 9-team tournament with teams playing playing six matches each (three away and three at home) in a two-year affair. Sutherland said, “I can’t think of any way this denigrates or undermines the Ashes,” Sutherland told reporters after returning from the ICC meetings in Auckland this week. “It’s all positive. Ashes will continue to be the biggest Test event that we play, but these matches will have even greater meaning than they do currently, if that’s possible.”
He also acknowledged that if Australia can win the championship, it’d be a huge achievement for the already established side. He added, “It will be highly anticipated as an event but the prestige of winning that championship will be very significant.” There’s a chance that the 2019 Ashes, which will be hosted by England, might very well be the first Test series under the new arrangement.