ICC ap­proves Test Cham­pi­onship and ODI League; to trial 4-day Test matches

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et is not a new chal­lenge but this is the first time a gen­uine so­lu­tion has been agreed on,” ICC chair­man Shashank Manohar said.

The in­ter­na­tional leagues have had a long ges­ta­tion, first be­ing pro­posed in 1997 by for­mer West Indies cap­tain Clive Lloyd andSouthAfrica’sAli Bacher.Fir­m­movesto es­tab­lish the cham­pi­onships have taken place over the last two years but have­beenslow­towintheap­proval of all ICC mem­bers.

ICC chief ex­ec­u­tive Dave Richard­son hailed Fri­day’s agree­ment as “a sig­nif­i­cant point in time for ICC mem­bers and our col­lec­tive de­sire to se­cu­reav­i­brant­fu­ture­forin­ter­na­tional bi­lat­eral cricket.”

Un­der the rules of the Test league, the com­pet­ing teams will have to play three home and three away se­ries over the term of the com­pe­ti­tion, with each se­ries com­pris­ing a min­i­mum of two and max­i­mum of five Tests. Each se­ries is tipped to be worth 100 league points, 60 awarded to the se­ries win­ner and 40 dis­trib­uted on the ba­sis of re- A be­tween the top nine teams from 2019. Each team will play six se­ries — three at home and three away —

Top two will play a

over a

one-off fi­nal.

The

with the top 10 teams mak­ing it.

for the World Test Cham­pi­onship and the ODI league are yet to be fi­nalised.

M S Dhoni with Test Mace Test cham­pi­onship two-year cy­cle. ODI league com­pris­ing 13 teams,

di­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tion path­way to the World Cup,

Four-day Test tri­als 2019 World Cup, points sys­tem, host­ing ar­range­ments and com­pe­ti­tion

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