Scotland and their closest rivals could be given the chance to play Test cricket.

International Cricket Council officials, eager to freshen-up the longest format of the game, are considering a two-tier system which would include promotion and relegation.

The development is also likely to open up places for Associate countries currently led by Ireland and Afghanistan.

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The proposal, if agreed, would place extra importance on the next Intercontinental Cup, the ICC's flagship First Class tournament for non-Test nations.

One proposal under consideration would involve the winners - or both finalists - of the I-Cup playing off against the lowest-ranked full member(s). The ICC's executive board will consider changes at a meeting later this month and is expected to move ahead with the plan.

Scotland finished third, behind winners Ireland and Afghanistan, in the recently concluded I-Cup. The next event is scheduled to start soon after the 2015 World Cup.