The future of the World Test Cricket Championship has been thrown into doubt after it emerged that broadcasters and sponsors still hold grave reservations over the value of the event.
The various parties organising the Championship have failed to reach any agreement over the format.
The inaugural Test Championship, which the International Cricket Council hopes will become the showpiece event in the Test schedule, is due to be staged in the UK in 2017.
However, with only four teams due to compete – the top four in the Test rankings as of December 31, 2016 – doubts remain over its global appeal.
The key concern of the sponsors and broadcasters is the identities of the competing teams.
If any of the major draw cards – especially India or England – should fail to qualify, the attraction and value of the event would fall.
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