18 Apr 2009

Zimbabwe must upgrade structure to make Test return

7:21 am on 18 April 2009

Zimbabwean cricket can nurture hopes of a return to the Test arena by upgrading its domestic structure and introducing a more competitive first-class league.

That's the view of the International Cricket Council following a report from a task force headed by ICC director Dr Julian Hunte, formed last year to help restore Zimbabwe to the test fold, has now submitted a report to cricket's governing body.

The report also says a sustainable return is possible only when teams in Zimbabwe have satisfied reasonable performance criteria in first-class and other multi-day matches.

The troubled African nation hasn't played Tests since January 2006 after the team were left depleted following disputes between senior players and the administration.