The International Cricket Council’s plan for a two-tier Test system has been put on the backburner, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s opposition to the idea being thought of as the main reason.

That was the main talking point in newspapers on Thursday (September 8), while Mithali Raj and Glenn Maxwell made headlines too.
ICC withdraws two-tier Test proposal under pressure from BCCI (The Indian Express)

The International Cricket Council withdrew its contentious proposal of having a ‘Two-Tier’ Test system following “vehement opposition” from world’s richest cricketing body BCCI with the support of Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

BCCI should be a visionary, not act like small-time trade unions (Hindustan Times)

Is the cricket Board turning the clock back to times when India was seen as a victim of a White-ruled international cricket body headquartered at the Lord’s in London, or is it now behaving like a peeved trade union body, flexing its muscles to safeguard its revenues?

Why international cricketers want more T20 cricket (Tribune, India)

Have you recently caught Chris Gayle or Dwayne Bravo dancing away in Chennai? Or spotted Dean Jones, Brett Lee and Matthew Hayden, wearing mundus (lungis, or sarongs), in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu? Well, they’re there, braving heat and humidity, testifying to the economic magnetism of T20 cricket. They’re here for something called the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), which is supported by India Cements — whose boss is N Srinivasan. Remember Srinivasan? Yes, the former Indian cricket board (BCCI) president and owner of the IPL team Chennai Superkings.

Enhanced support staff need of the hour: Mithali (The Hindu)

Indian women’s team skipper Mithali Raj on Wednesday stressed the importance of an enhanced support staff for the forthcoming fixtures to ensure improved performance.

“We need a fielding coach. That is one area where we need to concentrate for better results,” she told The Hindu at ACA indoor Academy at Mangalagiri, where she is presently undergoing a week-long coaching stint under the watchful eyes of National Cricket Academy Level-3 coach Ch. Krishna Rao.

MS Dhoni doesn’t answer my phone as usual, says Yuvraj Singh (The Indian Express)

Yuvraj Singh was at his best while interacting with the media at the YWC Fashion Show press conference. The topic of conversation veered towards MS Dhoni – with the left handed batsman losing his place in the side under MS and that has drawn some strong reactions from Yuvi’s father Yograj. Yuvraj said that he is very excited about Dhoni’s upcoming biopic. “I’d like to see how I’ve been shown in the film,” he said jokingly.

Next BCCI selection panel to be chosen by interviews (The Hindu)

The new panel of national selectors will be finalised by a process of individual interviews, putting an end to the existing practice of zonal associations nominating candidates.

The move is a part of the reforms being put in place by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur.

The Glenn Maxwell conundrum facing Australia’s selectors (news.com.au)

As someone who can entertain and enrage cricket fans in equal measure, he has successfully taken over from Shane Watson as the most divisive player in Australia. That’s not a reflection on Maxwell as a person — like Watson, he’s actually one of the most respected and well-liked players within the national set-up and his commitment to engaging with fans for the good of the game is just about unrivalled.

D/N Test is future of the game: David Boon (Press Trust of India)

David Boon feels the future of cricket lies in Day/Night Tests and suggested that they should be encouraged wherever possible. “Yes, I do believe Day/Night Test is the future of the game. I am quite for Day/Night cricket and for the game to evolve, include Day/Night cricket where it is applicable,” the former Australian batsman said.

Barinder Sran’s brush with injuries tests his mettle ahead of New Zealand series (Hindustan Times)

Punjab seamer Barinder Sran’s brush with injuries continues. He suffered from a niggling shoulder during his maiden tour of Australia earlier this year, and his sojourn with the India ‘A’ team to Australia ended without playing due to a foot injury.

Exceptional tourists curtail summer of progress for England in devastating fashion (The Independent)

Oh joy. A white ball match in which the bowlers shaped the outcome of the contest far more than the batsman, an event that happens about as often as a dry 24 hours in Manchester, where the event was held.

It had not looked like a bowlers’ evening, initially, after England’s opening batsmen had their best ever start to a T20 without losing a wicket.

Counties to be given £1.8m a year if two-thirds agree to new eight-team city-based Twenty20 tournament (The Telegraph, UK)

Counties will be given up to £1.8m each per year if they agree to the most radical change to the domestic game in its history by voting for a new city based Twenty20 tournament.

The tournament, details of which were revealed by Telegraph Sport in July, is to be launched in 2018 and will involve eight teams based at Test match grounds played over a four-week period.

We make heroes and villains after one game: Sohail Tanvir (Dawn)

“I am very happy. When you wear the green shirt, it gives you happiness ─ unmatched happiness. There are financial benefits attached to playing in leagues around the world, but nothing is bigger than playing for your country. I am in good rhythm and in good form.”

It’s more than just a game of cricket (iol.co.za)

The Momentum eKasi Challenge has become a fun and important addition to the South African cricket calendar, providing a stage for young talent, while also taking the senior professional game to the doorstep of an audience that may otherwise not have the means to watch domestic players.