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Updated: December 6, 2009 20:38 IST

Indian ascent augurs well for Test cricket: Lorgat

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Mr. Haroon Lorgat, CEO, International Cricket Council speaking at a function in New Delhi. File photo: PTI.
Mr. Haroon Lorgat, CEO, International Cricket Council speaking at a function in New Delhi. File photo: PTI.

The International Cricket Council today hailed India’s rise as the number one Test team in the world and said it augurs well for the longer version of the game.

Talking to PTI from Dubai, ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat, said India thoroughly deserves the new status and it’s a good news for Test cricket.

“India must be very excited about the achievement which they should be extremely proud of. They have done really well over the last 12-18 months and deserve this position,” Mr. Lorgat said.

“Test cricket deserves a team like India to reach the top at some point of time and you cannot reach there without performing well.

“Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team have done extremely well and I can also see how well the ICC ranking system is working. First Australia dominated it, then South Africa and now you have India at the number one,” he said.

Mr. Lorgat said the fact that the top three-four teams have a very narrow gap separating them from each other speaks volume of the competitiveness at the highest level.

“It is very competitive at the top. For that number one spot, you have India, Australia and South Africa challenging each other. It makes Test cricket a lot more exciting,” Mr. Lorgat explained.

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